Where to See the Best Fall Foliage on the East Coast

Motor home owners–or at least those who aren’t snowbirds–often look toward the approaching winter season with a melancholy feeling. After all, with the end of summer comes the end of the travel season, right? Not quite. With a motor home, you have front row seats to one of the best aspects of the changing seasons: the breathtaking views as the foliage goes through its annual transition of colors. With winter not here quite yet, there’s still time to fit in another vacation, and if you choose to visit one of these attractions, you’re bound to see some unforgettable sights.

Let the Adirondacks Engulf You

If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right, and you could definitely do worse than a trip to the Adirondacks in Northern New York. Not only does the mountainous region have one of the longest fall foliage seasons in the area, but the official park is also huge – 6 million acres in area, meaning there is more than enough to see and do if you visit. From a good vantage point, you can see orange, red, and brown as far as the eye can see. Due to the park’s immense size, there are many campgrounds for you and your motor home, including Sunset Bay Vacation Resort and a Jellystone Park.

Take a Trip Down the Vermont Byway

Vermont’s Route 100 Byway, which cuts through the middle of the state, running between the Green Mountains and Worcester Ridge, is suitably known as “Vermont’s Main Street.” The 140-mile drive is also one of the most scenic drives in the United States, making it a perfect trip for the fall season. Traveling the road end-to-end would be a great vacation in itself, but you won’t be able to help stopping at one of the many attractions along the way. Along with the many quaint, history-rich towns you’ll pass through, there are plenty of other attractions, including museums, shops, and tons of outdoor activities. As far as sleeping arrangements go, you’re sure to find something in one of Vermont’s 39 state park campgrounds.

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Float Along Maine’s Moosehead Lake

Henry David Thoreau once described Moosehead Lake as a gleaming silver platter at the end of the table – an apt description for the Eastern United State’s largest lake. Here, you can take in the beauty of the fall season by floating down the 40-mile-long lake, surrounded only by mountain air, colorful trees, and the quiet of nature. Talk about a vacation! As far as camping goes, Lily Bay State Park and Moosehead Family Campground will probably be your best bets, though there are a few more campgrounds surrounding the lake.

With the changing of the seasons, these spots are sure to be winners, though you’ll want to plan ahead accordingly. Go to early or too late, and you’ll miss the best that the nature of the East Coast has to offer. When getting your trip together, make use of tools like the Weather Channel’s foliage map to ensure that you’re traveling at peak color times. With sights like these, you’ll almost wish it was fall all year round!