Take a Relaxing Getaway and Enjoy the Vibrant Colors of Fall Foliage
When fall arrives with a panorama of hues that brush across the hillsides and you feel an urge to take to the road and savor every moment of the colorful array — you’re not alone. Many spots offer dazzling views of foliage.
Charter a bus with a professional driver and you won’t miss a moment of your scenic drive. Today’s charter buses have huge side windows that make landscape viewing a highlight of bus travel.
Where Are Some of the Best Places for Colorful Foliage?
Various travel guides point to Vermont as a top spot for enjoying fall foliage. Vermont Tourism lists more than 20 drives through the state that span from 30 to 210 miles. One recommended drive in particular is from Waterbury to Stowe, which is home to one of the Eastern United States’ most renowned ski resorts along with three state parks.
The best time for foliage is the first week in October when colors reach their peak in this area. The Mountain View from Topnotch Resort sits on Vermont’s highest mountain, Mount Mansfield, and its height reaches 4,393 feet. Visitors enjoy hiking and horseback riding among other activities.
The drive along the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway is one of the most stunning for Colorado foliage. The drive showcases spots such as Kebler Pass on the San Juan Skyway, the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway, Trail Ridge Road and Rocky Mountain National Park. Of course Aspen, Colorado is known for its breathtaking golden aspens, with their yellow hues shimmering a rich color in the sunlight and breeze.
Leaf colors begin turning during the middle of September and reach their peak during the last week of September. You may still see some vibrant colors the first week of October but leaves quickly begin falling at that point.
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New York’s Catskills Mountains are dense with trees that burst into brilliant reds, oranges and yellows during fall. The best time to enjoy the foliage is between the last two weeks of September through middle to late October.
The Catskills mountain peaks reach more than 3,500 feet and you’ll find many festivals, craft fairs, historic villages, and apple orchards with delicious cider throughout the region.
If you take a jaunt to Lake Otsego, you can rent kayaks and surround yourselves in vivid fall colors. Or drive north of Poughquag, New York where corn mazes, hayrides and train rides are exciting attractions. Autumn in NY also has its seasonal fare with pumpkins, squash, maple syrup, cider donuts and other delicious food to help make your trip memorable.
Tennessee harbors a number of spots that are prime for fall foliage viewing. If you drive to Chattanooga, which lies along the Tennessee River, you give yourself the options of hiking nature trails, biking or riding the Southern Belle Riverboat. The Tennessee River is impressive with its magnificent width, and it provides stunning views of the vibrant leaves that surround its shores.
There are also nearby attractions to enjoy, including Ruby Falls and Rock City Gardens.
Tennessee is home to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, which is one of the most popular parks in the country. You’ll find over 100 species of trees that are native to America, including maples, oaks, hickories and sweet gum trees. The fall array of orange, crimson, gold and purple is breathtaking and there are 800 miles of scenic roads and hiking trails. The park extends into North Carolina as well.
The best time for viewing Tennessee foliage is early October through November. Historic Gatlinburg is a favorite area for visitors to stay and is not even a mile from the park. The B&B style atmosphere makes it a welcoming and relaxing getaway.
Missouri travelers find that Branson and the Ozarks offer some of the best foliage tours. The first of the three main tours includes a 90-minute drive around Table Rock Lake and Kimberling City. Or, if you take the second tour, which lasts about 70 minutes, you travel the loop from downtown Branson through Forsyth and Rockaway Beach. For those desiring a longer ride, the third tour lasts four hours and takes you through Bull Shoals, Peel Ferry and Mark Twain National Forest.
Numerous state parks stud Missouri’s landscapes, and you have abundant opportunities to view foliage. Lake of the Ozarks is known for its hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding, all of which you can do while marveling at the brilliant explosion of fall colors. You can also take the 25-mile scenic drive or ride in a yacht across the lake and enjoy the foliage from that perspective.
Oregon has its share of fall splendor, and especially the Cascade Mountains, which border northern Oregon and southern Washington. You’ll find a colorful blend of rich hues among the mix of cottonwoods, big-leaf maples, cottonwoods, Oregon ash and twisted pines. Driving along the Columbia River, hiking the numerous trails, rafting and kayaking on the river are all wonderful ways to enjoy the autumn leaves.
Along the Columbia River Gorge, leaves reach their peak of color during the middle of September to the middle of October.
In addition to the gorgeous foliage, you can also view tall cliffs that span 900 feet, and waterfalls cascading from great heights with jaw dropping glimpses of the valley below. Even the grape vines turn beautiful shades of red and yellow, and you can drop into regional wineries and sample the wines.
While you typically think of New Mexico as an arid backdrop of cactus and scrub brush, and while New Mexico may not come to mind when you think of autumn leaves, the higher altitude areas like Taos have brilliant fall foliage. Taos is known for its spectacular mountain scenes where yellow aspens also turn into deep orange colors, which is quite unusual to see. You can travel the route around Wheeler Peak, which is the highest spot in New Mexico and reaches 13,161 feet.
In addition to the aspens, which clearly highlight the Taos spectacle of autumn colors, other bright yellow to red hues come from cottonwoods and purple cinquefoil and they also add to the fall picture.
The best time to see the foliage on the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway is late September to early October.
Taos is the perfect getaway for a unique atmosphere of autumn foliage and Southwestern Spanish and Native American culture. It is a haven for artists with its galleries and museums, and it provides the comforts of B&B lodging for visitors to enjoy. You also can visit Taos Pueblo with its adobe buildings that date back between 1,000 and 1450 A.D.
Where Will You Go for Your Fall Foliage Tour?
Gather Family or Friends and Plan Your Group Travel by Reserving a Charter Bus
Being stuck behind the wheel while navigating traffic is no way to take a fall foliage tour. You’ll miss the splendors of fall and your trip will feel more like work than a relaxing getaway. This is why we recommend that you charter a bus and bring family and friends.
US Coachways has a vast fleet of buses and whatever size bus you need, we can provide it for you. Our goal is to make your trip as pleasant and safe as possible. There are a number of advantages in renting a bus and here are just a few:
Enjoy a safe ride. Our highly trained professional drivers take the stress out of travel. More than any other type of ground transportation, charter buses are known for having the lowest rate of accidents. You’ll find no safer way to take a trip on our nation’s highways.
Go easy on your budget. Sharing expenses with other travelers is a sure way to cut down on costs. Of all the forms of ground transportation, there’s no more economical way to travel than by charter bus.
Travel green and help save the environment. Granted, hybrid cars are helping the environmental movement, but charter buses leave an even smaller carbon footprint than hybrid cars. They are significantly greener than all other modes of travel and you can do your part to help save the planet by chartering a bus and reducing carbon emissions.
Make your trip a comfortable one. Charter buses provide you with plenty of room to stretch your legs. Seats recline so you can lean back and relax, and if you need a restroom, there’s no need to wait for the next exit. You have easy access to the onboard restroom whenever you need it. Many people these days also like to stay digitally connected, and you can go online using our charter’s WiFi whenever you want.
Charter Your Vehicle Today
Check out the specials on our website for group travel or give us a call and find out how we can help. US Coachways offers nationwide service and can help you plan a trip anywhere in the country. For assistance with working out the details, call our toll-free number at 1-888-340-9122 and speak with one of our representatives.