As September bleeds into October, we’ve started to see the leaves change hues and put on a gorgeous display. But to truly enjoy the reds, oranges, and yellows that appear when the air grows cold, you might want to get away from cities and towns and into nature.
This type of trip is called “leaf peeping,” and it’s much more popular than you might think. Vacationing to see fall foliage is a popular activity across the U.S., so if you were thinking about taking a long weekend and roadtripping out to a state park this fall, we’ve done some of the legwork in finding the best places to see the leaves changes color across the U.S.
Safety Tips for Roadtrips
Nothing says vacation like a roadtrip, but the long hours in the car can be a strain as much as they are entertaining, and it’s important to be prepared. Long roadtrips shouldn’t be taken without due consideration of where you’re going and what you’ll need. Use this checklist before your fall foliage tour.
- Consider what car you need. You might want to take your own car, but it may be worth renting a car if you know you will be going on unpaved roads that may benefit from four-wheel drive. Consider the road conditions of where you’ll be and whether your car is prepared for them.
- Take your vehicle in for an inspection. A few days before you leave, ask your mechanic to check your vehicle’s fluid levels, brakes, tires, battery, air conditioning unit, and other essentials in order to prevent mechanical breakdowns far from home.
- Prepare for a roadside emergency. Never go on a roadtrip without a spare tire and jack, a gas can, and a portable jump starter with jumper cables.
- Pack an emergency kit. We recommend including items like a first aid kit, water bottles, sunscreen and bug spray, extra batteries and chargers, a flashlight, multitool, and towel.
- Bring Cash. Some small towns, state or national parks, and toll stations won’t accept credit or debit cards.
- Don’t depend on your phone. If you lose cell phone service, which you may if you are heading to a remote location, you’ll likely lose both your audio streaming and your GPS directions. Have a backup plan, such as bringing along CDs and a physical map, or an MP3 player and satellite-GPS unit.
- Get a good night’s sleep. Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as driving under the influence.
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