Best Fall Foliage Excursions
RVers are naturally on the road more than the average person, which means that they’re often more attuned to the seasons than the average person. Familiar to the RVer are winter snowscapes, the blossoms of springtime, verdant summers, and, of course, those dramatic autumn displays in red, orange, and yellow.
Fall is a special time of year for RVers — no matter your destination, you’re bound to see some spectacular landscapes as leaves change color. Whether you’re just passing through on the way to your next destination or if your next destination was decided with fall foliage in mind, you’re sure to find something on this list to please the eye.
With fall’s arrival imminent, keep these destinations in mind.
The namesake trees of Aspen, Colorado, turn to a golden hue in the fall. Peak foliage season for the area is generally towards the end of September and early October.
Aspen is a perfect fall foliage destination, as it offers both beautiful forests and plenty of outdoor activities, such as golf, hiking, and fly-fishing.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Situated in the Ozark Mountains, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, offers spectacular views in the fall as the mountains and hills turn red and orange. Peak foliage season is generally mid to late October.
Eureka Springs itself is a great destination if you’ve never been. The town itself has tons of character; situated on a hillside, the main road snakes itself up through the town while staircases lead up and down the various street levels in alleyways between buildings. There are plenty of dining and shopping options unique to the town. Of special note are the old spa at the top of the hill and the nearby monument “Christ of the Ozarks,” which overlooks Eureka Springs, reminiscent of the Cristo Redentor statue in Rio de Janeiro.
Catskill Mountains, New York
If you haven’t experienced fall foliage in the Catskills, you haven’t experience fall foliage. Situated about 100 miles northwest of New York City and south of the Adirondack Mountains (themselves a great fall foliage destination), the Catskills offer spectacular fall foliage views. Peak season is early to late October.
The area has a lot to offer in the fall, with family-friendly festivals and harvest events. Rural roadways wind through small mountain towns and river valleys, which follow historic routes alongside the Hudson River. Definitely worth checking out.
Located in the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is famous for its fall landscapes. Peak foliage viewing starts in late September and spreads across the region through early November. Traveling through the Great Smoky Mountains during this period almost guarantees a foliage show. The region has an unusually long foliage viewing period, lasting between four to six weeks, which means that it’s forgiving on your itinerary if you’re still a ways out.
Drop by Lazydays Tampa or Tucson Before Your Foliage Excursion
Have a favorite fall foliage destination that we didn’t mention? We’d love to hear your experience! Let us know in the comments where you like to experience the changing colors of fall.