4 Picture-Perfect U.S. Road Trips to Take This Fall
The Finger Lakes
The Finger Lakes are Upstate New York’s prized treasures. We're talking breathtaking scenery, incredible vineyards (and bomb wine, obviously), state parks, and quaint inns and Airbnb cabins.
The 11 lakes from west to east are Conesus, Hemlock, Canadice, Honeoye, Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles, and Otisco, and no matter which one (or ones!) you visit, be sure to spend a few days of sublime R&R soaking it all up.
If you go to the eastern side of Cayuga Lake, check out the romantic Inns of Aurora which dates back to 1789. Likewise, the luxurious Acorn Inn is also a historic jewel from 1795 that is brimming with charm and elegance.
When it comes to things to do, make sure to pick apples and taste some hard cider at Beak & Skiff.
Fall foliage is absolutely breathtaking in New England, and you definitely don’t want to miss it.
Start from Newport, Rhode Island and wind your way up the coast through Boston and Salem, and all the way up to Portland, Maine.
Alternately, starting in New Haven, Connecticut and driving up through New Hampshire and into Vermont is also a great route and will give you the best views of the trees and mountains.
Up in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, the Pickering House Inn is a stunning and meticulously renovated B&B that I would very highly recommend. The town itself doesn’t really have much going on, but the inn is so gorgeous and relaxing that you won’t be looking for something to do at night.
And honestly -- there's no better place to go to a pumpkin patch or apple picking than in New England.
You won’t see much foliage here, but the evergreens are just as beautiful year-round. Start off in Portland and spend a night or two at the Sentinel Hotel, where I recommend getting one of the terrace suites. Then drive through the scenic roads to Cannon Beach, but make sure to dress warmly as the Oregon Coast is definitely chilly (and likely rainy) in Autumn.
From there, head over to the Lewis and Clark National Historical Parks in Astoria, Oregon. There you’ll be able to do some hiking, kayak tours, and just feel one with nature. And while you’re in Astoria check out the Goonies Film Location Tour just for shits and giggles.
Tillamook Creamery should be your next stop on Highway 101 if you’re a fan of cheese and ice cream. The creamery was just renovated as of June 2018 and has 1.3 million visitors annually, so you know it's good.
Ah, the classic Route 66.
The topic of many songs and movies, this famous highway stretches from Chicago to sunny California and is even nicknamed the “Main Street of America” because it passes icons of Americana that everyone needs to see at least once in their lifetime.
For those willing to roadtrip down the entirety of Route 66, here’s your ultimate itinerary in geographical order from East to West: