RVing is a favored pastime across North America, and while many adventure seekers choose the warm summer months to travel, Fall has quickly become one of the most popular seasons to head out on the road. Beautiful red and gold leaves, cool weather and spooky Halloween festivities draw in RVers from near and far to plot their course across the states. From September to late November, the Northeast, Southwest, and Mideast boast of the most colorful foliage, with many travelers choosing this time of the year to visit New England in particular.
Corn Mazes and Jack-o-Lanterns
The harvest season brings a variety of farm fresh ingredients to farmer’s markets, veggie stands, and pumpkin patches across the country, making it a fun time to take the whole family out in the RV. Fall festivals, u-pick pumpkin fields, and jack-o-lantern carving contests can be spotted in rural regions, with haunted corn mazes and traditional horse drawn hay rides to fill the days. As you drive along, keep your eyes open for produce stands and signs that announce upcoming attractions so that you don’t miss anything; if kids are on board you can make a game of looking for such notices.
Vibrant and Colorful Tours
Perhaps one of the most attractive sights at this time of year are the vibrant colors that seem to paint the trees as the season changes. Heavily wooded areas in states, like Minnesota and Colorado, produce some of the most intense yellows and burnt orange hues you could hope to find. You can use sites like the United States Forest Service’s Fall Color Guide to determine which areas nearest your route will give you the best view, and even help you find regions where Fall tours take place. For example, Lake Superior’s North Shore in Minnesota has a 3-day tour that offers some truly unique foliage and great views of the woods.
Haunted Halloween Fun With Your RV
Whether you have children or you just enjoy a good scare, RVing in the Fall grants you access to some fantastic guided ghost tours. You might be surprised to find how many communities across the map have their own local ghost stories and hauntings to share. Haunted houses can also be seen during dates close to the 31st of October, with parties and festivities for all ages; bobbing for apples, creepy campfire ghost stories, and setting up spooky jack-o-lanterns around the campsite can get your family in the mood for a great evening of ghoulish fun.
Finding Top RV Locations For Fall
There are plenty of guides and reviews of different driving routes and festivities to take part in online, and a quick search can give you various options close by or far off to discover. If California is your favorite destination then Feather River Scenic Byway provides 130 miles of scenic travel starting from Sacramento Valley, all the way to the Great Basin. If you’re further East, Litchfield, Connecticut provides panoramic views along the Appalachian Trail, with more than 51 miles of foliage, hiking, and Connecticut’s tallest peak, Bear Mountain. After Connecticut, Massachusetts offers a nearby scenic byway along Jacob’s Ladder, with 35 miles of long slow driving for the relaxed RVer. If you prefer to go south then New Mexico and South Dakota have some truly gorgeous destinations as well with the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway of New Mexico looping from Taos through Eagle Nest and Angel Fire for fall foliage and loads of child-friendly recreation.
Thanksgiving RV Feast
Whether you’re staying close to home or traveling out of state, there are plenty of fun things to do as the Fall season approaches and throughout the months that follow. As October eases into November, the Thanksgiving holiday can be enjoyed on the road by picking up all of the fixings for a stuffed feast of turkey and mash. Fresh ingredients from roadside produce stands combined with the fresh farm taste of grain-fed organic turkey make it easy to celebrate in style. If a turkey is too big to fit into your RV oven or you’re more of a backyard barbeque family while you’re on the road, a rotisserie chicken roasted over the grill or spit of a well stoked fire pit can give your Thanksgiving day feast a little rustic charm and inviting atmosphere. This part of the season is about being around the people that you care about, and being thankful for what you experience, and it’s hard not to find something to be thankful for during this beautiful time of the year.