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Top 5 Fall Foliage Drives to Take in Your Van

Top 5 Fall Foliage Drives to Take in Your Van

Hey there! If you're into checking out those gorgeous fall colors and want to make the most of your autumn road trip, we've got you covered. Whether you're a pro at leaf-peeping or it's your first time, we've put together a list of must-have items to make your fall color drive even more enjoyable, plus a tasty treat to bring along for the ride.

What is a Fall Foliage Drive?

A fall foliage drive, also known as a fall color road trip, is basically a fun adventure where you can hit the road to soak in all those gorgeous autumn colors.

Our Top 5 Fall Foliage Drives in the USA that can't be missed:

  1. Blue Ridge Parkway (North Carolina and Virginia):

    • Optimal Viewing Dates: Mid-September to Late October
    • The Blue Ridge Parkway offers breathtaking views of the Appalachian Mountains with a stunning array of colorful foliage. Peak foliage varies depending on the elevation, so you can enjoy the vibrant leaves for several weeks.

  2. Kancamagus Highway (New Hampshire):

    • Optimal Viewing Dates: Late September to Early October
    • This scenic highway in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is famous for its vibrant fall foliage, including maple, birch, and beech trees. The peak season is relatively short but incredibly beautiful.

  3. The Great River Road (Minnesota to Louisiana):

    • Optimal Viewing Dates: Late September to Early November
    • Following the Mississippi River, this drive offers diverse foliage as it spans a large portion of the country. You can witness the leaves changing at various times along the route, starting in the northern states and progressing southward.

  4. Aspen to Glenwood Springs (Colorado):

    • Optimal Viewing Dates: Late September to Early October
    • Colorado's Rockies offer a unique fall experience with golden aspen trees covering the landscape. The peak time for aspen foliage is relatively short, so plan your visit accordingly.

  5. Columbia River Gorge (Oregon and Washington):

    • Optimal Viewing Dates: Mid-October
    • This stunning gorge is known for its colorful fall foliage, including vineyards and orchards. Mid-October is usually the prime time to see the vibrant leaves, with shades of red, orange, and yellow.

  6. Bonus 6th Fall Color Drive! Baxter State Park (Maine):

    • Optimal Viewing Dates: Late September to Early October
    • Located in the heart of Maine, Baxter State Park offers a serene and wild landscape, including the iconic Mount Katahdin. During late September and early October, the park's hardwood forests, including maple and birch trees, burst into a symphony of red, orange, and gold hues, creating a picturesque autumn scene. Baxter State Park is a hidden gem for fall foliage enthusiasts, providing a tranquil and less crowded alternative to some of the more popular fall drives in the United States. Don't forget to check the park's specific foliage reports to plan your visit accordingly and witness the stunning transformation of the leaves. Happy leaf-peeping!
Remember that the optimal viewing dates can vary from year to year depending on weather conditions, so it's a good idea to check local foliage reports as your travel dates approach to ensure you catch the peak colors. Enjoy your fall foliage road trips!

Essential Van Accessories to take on your trip:

Electric Blanket w/ Automatic Timer

The 58"x 42" size is large enough for two people and is perfect for one offering both comfort and warmth. Plug the 7' fused cord into any 12-volt power outlet. Features include a 30 or 45-minute timer with auto shut-off, reset button, and automatic temperature control. Made of 100% high-quality polyester fleece. Great for cold morning starts or keeping kids comfy on road trips. The blanket will provide warmth, whether it's plugged in or not.

7-Layer Window Insulation Sets

These versatile cab window insulation sets help to contain warmth in the winter, ensuring you stay cozy during chilly stops at scenic viewpoints or during outdoor activities. Their adaptability to changing weather conditions means you're prepared for whatever nature throws your way, from hot summer days to cool autumn evenings. Despite their impressive insulation, these sets are lightweight and come with a handy storage bag.

Windshield Wiper Blades

A good quality set of wiper blades should be on your trip planning checklist. With unpredictable weather and the autumn season bringing lots of rain in some locations, it's easy to see why upgraded wiper blades are a must-have for your van.

Percolator Punch Recipe:

Percolator Punch is a great warm drink to take with you on your fall adventures and is a EuroCampers family favorite! All of our fall/winter get together always include this drink:

Percolator Punch Recipe

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