The best way to experience the best fall foliage drives is to hit the open road. Fall is the best time to drive all you want since the air is brisk and the leaves are deep russet reds, golds, and browns.
Here are our top 10 picks for the best fall foliage colors to see, but also things to do along your drive.
-Margie Goldsmith of Travel + Leisure
1. Blue Ridge Parkway, VA & NC
Starting Point: Roanoke, Virginia
The Route: 500 miles.
What to Expect: This slice of the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway combines Virginia’s laid-back farmsteads with North Carolina’s Appalachian hardwood forests.
Where to Stop: North Carolina’s artsy city of Asheville; scenic Price Lake; mountain towns such as Blowing Rock, Floyd, and Galax, home to the Blue Ridge Music Center, which showcases the area’s bluegrass tradition.
Stay: The eight-room Black Walnut Bed & Breakfast Inn (Asheville; $$) was created by the architect behind the Vanderbilts’ Biltmore Estate, and recently developed a series of “secret gardens” for guests to discover during their stay.
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