Did you feel the weather outside this morning? It was SLIGHTLY cooler – in the low 70’s as opposed to the high 70’s – which means a respite from the stifling heat is on the way (finally). However, in other areas of the country they’re already gearing up for fall! Autumn means cool weather, pumpkin spice everything, and beautiful fall foliage. If you’re hankering to get out on the open road and see your fill of fall leaves, Toyota of Orlando is here to help. We know you may not have a TON of time off to take a long trip (since the holidays are also approaching rapidly), so we have a list of some of the top spots in the southeast United States where you can see fall at its finest!
Ellijay, Georgia: Good news – Ellijay is about a 8-10 hour drive from Central Florida, so you can take a long weekend and make the most of your time off! Ellijay is home to some seriously beautiful fall foliage, and it’s ALSO the Apple Capital of Georgia so you can get your fill of fresh hot cider and every apple baked good you could imagine. You can visit the Georgia Apple Festival (this year it’s scheduled to take place October 8-9), where you can not only sample the region’s finest in everything apple but also check out an antique car show, run a 5K, and even watch the Ellijay Apple Queen Pageant. If you want to get out into the woods to get a closer look at the foliage, you’re in a perfect spot… Ellijay is perched in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, so there’s miles of trails for hiking and biking!
Blowing Rock, North Carolina: Blowing Rock is also known as the “Crown of the Blue Ridge”, and it’s conveniently located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. It’s deserving of the title – it’s got incredible views, waterfalls, hiking trails, and also a quaint atmosphere full of small restaurants and shops. In other words, it’s a great place to check out the foliage! The high elevation means some beautiful colors, and you can check out The Blowing Rock (for which the town is named) to get the best views. It’s a rock formation that juts out over the John River’s Gorge for some spectacular sight-seeing. You can also head over to Grandfather Mountain!
New River Gorge, West Virginia: New River Gorge is a bit further of a drive, but well worth the time spent in the car. This West Virginia attraction has the New River Gorge National River running through it, as well as Summersville Lake if you want to see the foliage reflecting off crystal clear waters. You’ll definitely want to be outside, and there are plenty of activities during which to check out the fall leaves – you can go climbing and rappelling, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, caving, horseback riding, and even take a boat tour up and down the river to see some of the less accessible areas!
Ready to start planning your fall foliage trip? Don’t forget to schedule auto service before you hit the highway – you can make an appointment at Toyota of Orlando today at (866) 945-0493. Happy leaf-peeping!