“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
– Albert Camus
Fall is a favorite time of the year for many people. Football, pumpkin spice everything, sweaters, and bonfires are all starting to appear. One favorite thing about Autumn is seeing the leaves change into a rainbow of colors.
When people think of bus trips to see the leaves change, they usually think of the Northeast and New England area, but there are places all over the country that offer stunning visuals along with entertainment, shopping, and other events.
This quaint town in the Northwest corner of the state is home to bed and breakfasts, eclectic shops and restaurants, and scenic roadways with gorgeous views. Galena is brimming over with art galleries, wineries, antique stores, spas, and cafes to provide plenty of retail therapy for those that love to find fun and unique items. The area is beautiful and full of historical sites, along with golfing, hiking, fishing, and other activities. You can take trolley tours, garden walks, and ghost tours to explore this quiet yet busy town.
People usually think of skiing when they think of Aspen, CO, but the area has something to offer all year. The leaves in Aspen turn gold and look like jewels against the green forests on the mountains. There are some beautiful stretches of highway on the way to Aspen that can add to your adventure. Independence Pass, via Highway 82, takes you on high-plateaus, switchback turns, and through picture-perfect peaks. If the interstate is more your style, I-70 runs through Glenwood Canyon with Hanging Lake and Glenwood Hot Springs.
The Great Smoky Mountains
With over a hundred different species of trees, the spectrum of colors of the Smoky Mountains changing leaves will leave you breathless. Gatlinburg, TN is a favorite spot for many travelers. Shops, hotels, B&Bs, and live music are found throughout the area. In the Pigeon Forge area, you can visit Dollywood for a little change of pace. The park has live shows, more than 40 rides, exceptional dining, and luxurious cabins.
Lake of the Ozarks, MO
Many people spend their summers in this Central Missouri location, but the fall is a good time to visit, also. You can view the leaves changing from a yacht, hiking, or on horseback. There are several state parks around Lake of the Ozarks, along with wineries, gift shops, spas, and more. Accommodations range from cabins and camping to luxurious resorts.
When to Take a Bus Trip to See Fall Foliage
SmokyMountains.com has put together a 2017 Fall Foliage Map that will show you the best places in the country to see the leaves change and the optimum time to visit. Excursions Trailways can take you from Indiana and Ohio to see the different sights and events this country has to offer. Contact us about your next scenic bus trip with your favorite group.