Top 5 Fall American Road Trips

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Without further ado... As travelers and wanderers ourselves, we love to hear where the best places are to go, which to avoid, and what is worth seeing and why! We love sharing our favorites as much you do! So, for now, here is the list of our Top 5 Fall American Road Trips... and be sure to leave us comments and tell us yours!

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 

Beginning in early October and spanning 9 brilliant days... this is basically every Pinterest or Insta-girl’s bucket list/dream fulfilled!

Sip a glass of wine from just about any vantage point in and around the city and watch as brightly patterned hot air balloons fill up the sky and all our hopes and dreams take shape.

If it is not your dream to float away in an oversized balloon, or you are simply enjoying a break from the ballooning festivities there is a ton of history and hiking spots, so strap on your boots because there is plenty to see and do!

With so many National Monuments and National Historic Parks close by, there are fascinating rock formations believed to be left behind after prehistoric volcanic eruptions, unique geological formations alongside mountainous trails, Indian ruins, cave dwellings and petroglyphs, historic old town, train rides and tours galore (including ghost tours). Everyone will find plenty to do and see, if you're bored, it's your own fault!

Check out these sites for more info and to plan your entire New Mexico getaway!

https://www.visitalbuquerque.org/event/albuquerque-international-balloon-fiesta®-2019/39748/

https://www.visittheusa.com/experience/5-ancient-wonders-new-mexico

Colorado – Stay at the Stanley

Seriously, when is Colorado not beautiful? However, in October, the Stanley really Shines.  

Stop by the Historically Haunted Stanley Hotel In Estes Park - inspiration for Stephen King’s masterpiece the Shining and you decide how long you’ll stay.

Begin with a tour and stay in an historically haunted suite, or one of the 3 other on-site builds. Attend one or both of The Twin Terror Weekends leading up to Halloween with The Shining Ball: complete with Live music, costumes, dancing, finger foods and drinks, or enjoy a four-course menu while figuring out “who done it” at the Murder Mystery Dinner.

No matter how you experience your brand of horror, be sure to book ahead, as space is limited, and Halloween events sell out quickly here!

If Americana scares are not your scene, Colorado boasts everything from film fests, October Fests, pumpkin patches, live music at Red Rocks or if simply picturesque hikes, drives or dining are your thing, Colorado most certainly has you covered! Check the forecasts and road conditions before heading out for a stunning and safe visit to the Rockies in Autumn.

 

For More info on The Stanley visits: https://www.stanleyhotel.com

For a list of other local events visit:

https://theknow.denverpost.com/2019/09/21/pumpkins-cider-and-amorous-elk-a-guide-to-colorado-fall-festivals/224562/

Get your kicks on Route 66 

This historic roadway begins in Chicago Illinois and concludes in the scintillating Santa Monica California and spans nine states! Traversing dessert, cities, canyons, mountains, and rivers and more there is arguably no more Americana road trip than this single route. Although taking this drive in the summer is certainly more popular, in the fall, the weather is much more enjoyable with warm days, cool nights and mornings. Be ready for stops as this path is made for roadside attractions!

Check site below for a full list of attractions by state, but these few specifically caught our eye! The Barringer Crater (aka Meteor Crater National Landmark) is a historical meteor site that purposes far more questions than it answers.  Located just off-route near Winslow Arizona, made famous from the song Take It Easy. As well as the Fantastic Caverns in Springfield, MO, the Wigwam Motel, the Blue Whale of Catoosa and Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX to name just a few!

And bonus the previous 2 destinations are already on Route 66.... so... let's do this already!

https://www.theroute-66.com/state.html

 

Gilmore Girls Fan Fest & Small-Town Self Tour - East Coast

Ever since the very first episode we were hooked. This mother-daughter duo with a passion for travel, caffeine, take out, books and quirky old movies stole our heart with their adorable little town and snappy one-liners.

This weekend-long festival features fun with some cast and crew from the show including Miss Patty, Caesar and Mrs. Kim as well as some of the behind the scenes crew and costs $250 for tickets. If you can make it North of the Border, Unionville Canada, is also hosting an event at the filming locale of the Series Pilot, and the whole town turns into Stars Hollow! The Canadian event is a bit more spendy but features even more cast & crew-including our boyfriend, diner owner Luke Danes!  The schedule includes a guided trail hike, drawing and painting class, and antique Tour with Mrs. Kim, several rounds of GG Trivia, a costume contest, a local tour, a secret bar and “coffee, coffee, coffee.”

If the Fest isn’t your pace or in your budget and you are still a GG fan, you can hit up these look a-like small towns and enjoy the beautiful fall foliage, antique hunting, and all the charms of small town Stars Hollow-esque living: Washington Connecticut, Ligonier Pennsylvania, Sykesville Maryland, Traverse City Michigan, and Camden. Maine.  

Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee

Come, sip some Moonshine and enjoy the views!

With all the fun and beauty of the mountains, and every old school Americana motel on the way the Great Smoky Mountains have so much to offer! The foliage is beautiful, and the tourist attractions are endless. 

Pigeon Forge is the hub of all things Fun and Touristy. With Dollywood, The Titanic Museum, Wonderworks and others, there will be plenty of pay-for-play attractions.

Gatlinburg is a charming mountain-side town with shops, breweries, ski-lifts, toboggan rides, zip-lining, a Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum and the Smoky Mountain Moonshine factory complete with free samples restaurants. There is plenty of nature, as it is surrounding you, and camping, hiking and, fishing is a given. Try something different and give "Glamping" at Under Canvas try! For a wonderfully unique experience that you will be sure to treasure, no tent popping required!  

For more great road trips and travel tips, we like:

 https://www.bigworldsmallpockets.com

https://www.roadtripusa.com/

https://www.thediscoverer.com/blog/

https://maryemahowald.wordpress.com/

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