Wow! Where did the summer go! It seems like just yesterday we were enjoying the dog days of summer. Then poof! It’s October, and harbingers of autumn surround us: colorful pumpkins artfully displayed at local farmers’ markets, front yards done up in frightfully festive Halloween decorations, and crisp, cool morning air greets the start of our days.
Perhaps the most iconic harbinger of fall? Expanses of trees morphing from shades of green into multi-colored hues of reds, greens, golds, yellows and browns, heralding fall’s arrival in a flourish of color.
This time of year just screams, “go for a drive!” So get out there and feast your eyes upon Mother Nature’s handiwork before it’s gone. Take a drive down an awe-inspiring scenic route, and take time to enjoy autumn at it’s finest. Road trip anyone?
Where Will Your Next Scenic Drive Take You?
Whether it’s a crisp, cool drive through a forest blanketed in an array of green, red, yellow and gold, or a sunny drive along a blue-green coastal sea-scape, a scenic drive is the perfect compliment to a quiet afternoon, a weekend adventure, or a weeklong vacation. And chances are there’s a scenic drive near you right now! Just pull out the map, chart your course, fuel up the car, and hit the road.
Need some inspiration for your next scenic drive? Here’s eleven iconic scenic routes sure to take your breath away. Whether that drive is to enjoy some fall foliage eye candy, escape from winter’s harsh weather, delight in the fresh arrival of spring, or part of next summer’s vacation plans, a drive along a scenic route is sure to brighten your day any time of year.
We’ve experienced five of these eleven iconic scenic routes, and hands down, each one is worthy of their inclusion in the list. We are looking forward to next summer when we will be adding one more to our experiences. We do enjoy an afternoon – or a day long – drive along jaw-dropping scenery!
This time of year is also one of our favorite times for scenic drives. But that’s not all we love about fall! Here’s more reasons to enjoy the October weather and the fall season.
Five More Favorite October Activities
Whether you plan to hit the road, or hit the trails, October is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy fall’s arrival. Our family loves October, with it’s cooler weather, fall festivals, and a plethora of fun fall activities.
Here’s five family favorite activities we look forward to every October.
1. Crisp morning walks along leaf-strewn paths, leaves crunching beneath the feet.
2. An afternoon hilltop hike or bike to gaze out upon a festival of colorful trees.
3. Munching on apples freshly picked from a nearby orchard.
4. Halloween costumes, pumpkin carving, and frightfully festive Halloween decor.
5. Getting lost in a corn maze at a local fall festival.
There is so much to enjoy during October. Be inspired. Be active. And get outdoors! Read more about our favorite fall activities at Five Favorite Fall Activities To Get You Outside.
What’s Your Favorite Fall Activity?
I’ve listed several of our favorite fall activities. How about you? What’s your favorite fall activities? Do you welcome the change in weather, look forward to a cool respite from the summer’s heat? Or do you miss those dog days of summer?
How many of these eleven scenic routes have you enjoyed? Share with us in the Comments section below.
Fall Foliage photo by ashokboghani via Flickr; Pumpkins photo by Jill/BlueMoonbeamStudio via Flickr.