One of the best things about living in the Eastern United States is that we get to experience each of the four seasons in all their splendor. When it comes to the beauty of the seasons, it’s hard to beat the colors of fall. Although autumn has plenty to offer right here in New Jersey, it’s worth exploring a bit further to take in those gorgeous shades of changing leaves. Here are some foliage road trip ideas to really get the best out of everything nature has to offer this fall.
The Pocono Mountains
At just about a 2.5-hour drive from the Jersey Shore, you really can’t beat the fall scenery of the Pocono Mountains. This beautiful area spans across four counties in Pennsylvania and has plenty to offer. Whether you decide to rent a quiet cottage to yourself or visit one of the resorts on the mountains, you’re bound to catch every shade possible of the fall foliage.
Upstate New York
If you want to view the changing autumn leaves while experiencing small-town charm, visiting one of the many quaint areas in upstate New York is always a good choice. This area is home to both the Adirondacks and Catskill mountains, which are both lined with thousands of bountiful leaved trees. Even just a long drive through the winding mountain roads is breathtaking.
The state of Connecticut is so well known for its autumn colors that it even has a Fall Foliage Report – where you can scope out the best driving, walking, or hiking routes to take it all in. The leaves start changing in early September and peak in early November. So, you have plenty of time to plan either a day drive or even a long weekend surrounded by all this season has to offer.