Fall In Love with an Autumn Road Trip
Crisp fresh air, cosy sweaters, farm-fresh food, and colourful views and vistas; are just some of the characteristics of Autumn that make it the perfect time to head out on a road trip.
While many people prefer to go for a road trip during the summer months, and we enjoy that too; we also really love a good autumn road trip. Here we offer some of the many fall-tastic reasons that we think you should look at planning an autumn road trip:
If you are the type of person who looks forward to pulling their jaunty sweaters out of the closet, wearing buffalo plaid jackets, and wrapping your neck in a chunky knit scarf, you are definitely an ‘autumn’. The milder temperatures of fall make it the perfect weather for getting out and enjoying your vacation. Fall is the ideal blend of temperatures – not too hot and not too cold. It provides warm days to explore, and cooler nights make it perfect for enjoying a beverage by a fire with a cosy sweater, light scarf, plaid jackets, and comfy boots.
Travel is cheaper (sometimes)
Autumn is what travel professionals refer to as ‘shoulder season’ because it is between peak travel seasons like summer and Christmas break when fewer people are travelling. Thanksgiving – the busiest travel day of the year, does fall in this period, making it the exception. As a result of a decrease in demand for many services, costs for various travel services like accommodations, flights, rental vehicles, and other tourism businesses can often be found at discounted or reduced rates. Gas prices typically are at a lower price in the offseason. However, this doesn’t always apply.
Since your money may go a little further, you will be able to splurge a bit more, enjoy more outings & activities, visit more museums and galleries.
Smaller Crowd Sizes
While many travellers are heading back to work, school, etc., and fewer people are on the road, savvy travellers will take advantage of this time and plan a perfect autumn road trip. All of the landmarks and attractions you hope to get great photos of, you can now get amazing shots without photobombers. You will see shorter (or no) lines at popular attractions. You will be able to take in all of the scenery and vistas without people blocking your view. Wait times for those great restaurants will be significantly decreased. With fewer people out and about means you will be able to experience more. You will be able to enjoy all of the attractions, sites, scenery, parks, and museums to your heart’s content.
If you are the kind of person who loves getting to know your hosts, chatting with locals, and making new friends when you travel – an Autumn road trip is a perfect time to do this. With fewer people to serve, business owners have more time to engage and interact with their guests. You may learn some local stories, get tips on other adventures in the area, get behind the scenes tours, and make more travel memories.
We love to attend a good festival, and we often plan road trips & day trips around attending festivals of all kinds. Autumn is the season of harvest bounty, and there is a festival to celebrate just about anything you can think of – pumpkins, corn, apples, cranberries, etc. There is no shortage of options when it comes to fall fairs and festivals that you can attend. So, the next time you are driving through a town and see a sign that says they are the “_(fill in the blank)_ capital”, – you can bet they have a festival for that. Celebrate the harvest season with a road trip to one of the many autumn festivals.
(Pumpkin) Spice up your life
The transition from Summer to Fall brings the season of Pumpkin Spiced everything – lattes, cookies, cakes, pies, etc. You name it, and I am sure it will have a pumpkin spice version. In addition to people’s obsession with Pumpkin spiced flavour & scents, everyone loves the many delicious flavours of autumn.
The fall harvest is overflowing with an abundance of delicious farm-fresh foods in which you will want to indulge. Who doesn’t enjoy wandering around a local farmer’s market to select the freshest fruits and vegetables from the harvest bounty? Popular fall activities include heading to a food festival, going apple and pear picking, choosing your Halloween pumpkins and gourds, and visiting wineries & cideries.
Cabin in the Woods
When you are planning your autumn road trip adventure, immerse yourself fully into Autumn. Book a stay at a lovely Bed & Breakfast, a rustic cabin in the woods, a woodsy roadside motel, or even a unique accommodation – think yurts, domes, etc. This way, you can surround yourself with the beautiful autumnal scenery, cook up all the fall meals you crave, and have a home base for outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, and dog walking.
Autumn is a beautiful time for a road trip. There is nothing quite like taking a drive down a country road lined with ablaze trees with gorgeous green, yellow, orange and red colours. The scenery is alive with so much colour and beauty it will take your breath away. An autumn roadtrip is a photographer’s delight – every If you love hiking, the colourful vistas and overlooks will blow your mind.
As regular readers of Roguetrippers.com know, we are still relatively new to hiking. We have been hiking just over a year and hiked in almost every weather condition in all four seasons. Our favourite season to go for a hike is, without question – Autumn. The temperatures are not too hot or cold, inspiring us to etch out a longer hike than in harsher conditions. The insects (mosquitoes and black and deer flies) are not as pervasive and annoying as in Spring and Summer. The ground on the trails isn’t as wet and muddy as it is in Spring. We love the sound of the crunch of fallen leaves under our hiking boots, the variation in scenery throughout the trails, and the colours. WOW.
If you love travelling with your dogs – you will do so no matter the season. Taking your dog on an autumn road trip is just a bit more fun for you and them to enjoy this time together. The more moderate temperatures will make it more comfortable for them to enjoy the road trip. They will be able to join you in more of your activities like hiking, boating, walking, and exploring without too much worry about heat exhaustion or frostbite. Many restaurants & breweries still have their outdoor patios open where you can have your dog join you. Let’s not forget about all of those fantastic autumnal scene photo opportunities.
There is one significant drawback that you may discover when you travel in Autumn. Specifically in more small communities or touristy spots, some places may have closed for the season already or have shorter service hours. It is best to do some planning ahead so that you are not left in the lurch.
Discover all that an autumn road trip has to offer, from culinary delights, local getaways, the beauty of the great outdoors, festivals, and more. You will fall for an autumn road trip.