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Have you been East of the Mississippi?

I love a good road trip and I also love seeing the leaves changing when the season turns from Summer to Fall. I mean, who doesn’t?!

Since we are not able to plane travel like we have, due to COVID, I thought why not talk about what we can do; road trips! I personally am planning on doing one to the East coast just to see these spectacular sights.

There are so many great options out there but the East side of the USA seems to have the most options when it comes to windy roads with a multitude of the leaves changing and the air getting crisper.

You know what else this means? It’s about to be loose sweaters and boots season! YAY!

Alright, trip time!

Blue Ridge Mountains, Georgia: 90 Miles North of Atlanta on the Georgia-Tennessee-North Carolina line. With 106,000 acres of the Chattahoocheee National Forest, 300 miles of hiking trails, and 100 miles of trout streams, this is the perfect getaway for romance, families, or even a vacation home. This location was recently ranked by Southern Living as one of 2020’s Best Mountain Towns in the South. While here, you can take a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway that follows the Toccoa River to the town of McCaysville. There are craft breweries, wineries, shopping, galleries and restaurants. You can also hike to a waterfall on the Appalachian trail or tube down the Toccoa.

Blue Ridge Mountains

Blue Ridge Parkway: This parkway is 470 miles from the Great Smoky mountains in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. This drive is one that is like no other; it is slow-paced and reveals stunning long-range vistas and close-up views mountains. Also along the parkway, there is a diversity of plants and animals, opportunities for hiking, camping, day picnicking, and much more.

Blue Ridge Parkway

South Carolina Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway: This drive takes you through the southern Appalachians, which crosses an ancient Indian path that winds through orchards and a historic battlefield to a land of forests, lakes, and a legendary white-water river. There are more than 50 waterfalls—among them, with some of the tallest in the East. These splash down from the heights of the Upcountry (South Carolinians call these western mountains). At Raven Cliff Falls, you can look up to see a series of cascades that plunge more than 400 feet through a narrow gorge. In autumn, the foliage turns to colors of oaks, hickories, and maples. Raven Cliff is one of the state’s most splendid scenes.

Raven Cliff Falls

Vermont Green Mountain Byway: This byway travels through the towns of Waterbury and Stowe between the Green Mountains to the west and the Worcester Range to the east. Traveling along the Byway provides stunning views of open meadows, farmland and forests, all with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Along the route there is a reservoir, three state parks, homes, farmsteads, and much more! There is also the most prominent natural feature, Mount Mansfield – Vermont’s highest peak – which provides ample opportunities for recreation.

Vermont Byway

Connecticut’s covered bridges: Take your time exploring the roughly 100-mile loop through the northwest corner of the state.You will pass through the town of Falls Village where it still looks like it did in the 1800’s. The Appalachian Trail runs right through town, where you can follow the white hash marks to go on a day hike. You will then pass through the West Cornwall Covered bridge, which covers over 172 feet of the Housatonic River. You will then want to visit Lake Waramaug State Park for hiking and fall foliage. To finish the day off, go to Litchfield where the White Flower Farm is located.


Have you been on any of these? I haven’t experienced them yet, BUT, it is in the cards for this fall! Can’t wait to hear what you think! Drop a comment!


12 responses to “Have you been East of the Mississippi?”

  1. I have been to this part of Vermont and it’s beautiful. Plus, if you go, you have to check out the Vermont Cheese Trail, which is a group of farms and shops making and selling cheese. Yum!

  2. Wow! The colors of the trees our breathtaking. I would love to visit during the fall and experience all of this beauty.

  3. OKAY the Blue Ridge Parkway looks like a DREAM! I’ve been wanting to do a fall road trip to see fall foliage and I think I might put that on my list for next year!

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    Catherine Sonier

    Fall road trips always look so amazing!! Would love to go on one this fall

  5. I’m all for road trips right now too! I’d love to see the fall colors but just moved from the east coast back to the west coast last year. The Blue Ridge mountains are absolutely gorgeous. I love your photos! <3

  6. I like summer, but I love fall. This makes me so happy, and gives me some great ideas for when we can travel again. I’m all about the road trips this year, and spending time outdoors. The fall colors in parts of the USA are beautiful, but I’ve never managed to get there to see them yet

  7. I would love to see the autumn leaves in Vermont and Connecticut – those covered bridges look amazing! I love the Blue Ridge Parkway. Road trips are definitely the way forward for the foreseeable future!

  8. I love a good road trip! Add in fall colors and you’ve got me ready to start the trip ASAP 🙂 Great outlines! Looks like so much fun!

  9. […] One road trip I will be taking this fall season is to the East Coast and you can see where I plan on going by checking out my last post, here. […]

  10. Beautiful fall foliage……..awesome pics!

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