With a chill in the air and fall foliage changing from green to hues of yellow, red and orange, it’s time to enjoy the last couple months of sunshine. No matter where you live, here are five fall RV trips to take this year.
Catch the changing of the leaves in all their glory in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Nestled in the Yampa Valley, Steamboat Springs is an unspoiled mountain town where your trip is more affordable than Aspen or Vail, but offers similar breathtaking views.
Steamboat Springs offers two year-round hot springs. Strawberry Park Hot Springs is located seven miles from downtown Steamboat and is surrounded by yellow aspens during the fall. There are multiple pools with various temperatures. Old Town Hot Springs features eight natural mineral pools, 230-foot water slides and a fitness center. Located downtown, this location promises family fun for everyone.
As for outdoor activities, a variety of trails are perfect for hikers and bikers alike, while the Yampa River is a fly-fishing haven. The Steamboat Lake State Park offers trout fishing below Hahn’s Peak. The 4-mile Emerald Mountain Quarry Trail offers glimpses of Mt. Werner and the downtown area. Or find yourself on top of the Continental Divide on the six-mile Rabbit Ears Peak Trail.
Looking to relax? Downtown Steamboat offers dining and shopping options for all tastes.
The East Coast is known for its colors in the fall, and to leave an East Coast destination off an autumn list of RV trips just wouldn’t be right. One of the best places to view the changing leaves is Quechee State Park.
While you are there take in the views of the Quechee Gorge. Vermont’s deepest gorge, formed by glacial activity about 13,000 years ago, you can view the Ottauquechee River flowing 165 feet below. The river offers brook trout, rainbow trout and brown trout fishing, as well as the Quechee Gorge Trail.
Visit the nearby Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences (VINS) Nature Center which offers live special educational bird programs, exhibits, nature trails and avian rehab in action. Another nearby attraction is Sugarbush Farm. Visit a working Vermont farm that offers free admission, free samples and the chance to visit with real farmers. Those who left reviews recommend trying the maple syrup and cheese.
Visit Willamette Valley, Ore., for a taste of all things fall. Willamette Valley truly celebrates the autumn season, with festivals and events nearly every weekend. Septemberfest, Sublimity Harvest Festival, Oktoberfest, Barn Dance at the Oregon Garden and Corvallis Craft Beer Week are just some of the events that take place.
For those who enjoy a glass of vino, the Carlton Winemakers Studio in Willamette Valley is a must stop. A communal concept, various boutique winemakers use the space to create unique and experimental wines with state-of-the-art equipment, while sharing the cost of production.
Other wineries such as August Cellars, Day Camp and Southeast Wine Collective are just a few of the options for travelers to stop in. Aside from a great glass, vineyards create a beautiful autumn landscape.
Take a trip to Coloma, Mich., where you’re near Lake Michigan and fall fun. At Lake Michigan you can relax on white sand beaches, visit lighthouses or spend the day kayaking and paddle boarding. If you’re feeling adventurous, travel the Paw Paw River Water Trail that runs 66 miles through a wildlife rich floodplain forest corridor through Van Buren and Berrien Counties.
In the heart of Michigan’s fruit country, visit u-pick farms, fruit markets, and enjoy picking apples from an orchard and a cup of cider. There are also award-winning vineyards nearby. Take everyone to Jollay Orchards, a family friendly farm where kids and parents alike can enjoy the best fruit Michigan has to offer.
Many people think visiting Montana means a trip through Yellowstone National Park. And while that is a great trip to take, one of Montana’s lesser-known jewels is Glacier National Park.
While you’re there, make sure you travel Going-to-the-Sun Road. The road spans 50 miles, crossing the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. While on the road you will see glaciers, valleys, waterfalls, mountains and colorful wildflowers. Most visitors also witness wildlife sightings on the trip.
Glacier offers hiking, ranger-led programs, guided tours, beautiful scenery for photographers, biking, fishing, boating and other special events depending on the time of the year. Since the high elevations here can mean early snow, Glacier National Park makes a perfect early fall destination – keep this in mind when planning.
Special places to visit in the park include Lake McDonald Valley, Many Glacier, St. Mary, Two Medicine, North Fork and Goat Haunt.