Best Autumn Drives in the US


It's not autumn yet, but you know, we all have that internal clock as September nears - sweaters, new notebooks, school buses, football games, hot cocoa...

This might be a good year for an epic autumn drive (if you an afford it these days). If you don't leave town, enjoy what your own town has, but taking a hike in nearby woods and collecting leaves for some art projects. 


- Popular drives in autumn

(The first two are from my home state and boy wow! They are WELL worth the trek!)

Blue Ridge Parkway (Virginia and North Carolina) covering the Shenandoah National Park and Great Smoky Mountains Park

Skyline Drive (Virginia) Shenandoah National Park

Peak to Peak Scenic Byway (Colorado) Rocky Mountain National Park

Green Mountain Byway (Vermont)

Arkansas Scenic Byway (Arkansas) Ozark National Forest 

The Tree Tunnel (Michigan) Upper Peninsula

Oak Creek Canyon (Arizona)

Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway (Oregon)

Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway (New York) Catskills

Mohawk Trail, Berkshires (Massachusetts) 




- preserving leaves - 

wax paper



Arrange leaves on sheet of wax paper.  Leave a space around the edge to be able to seal. Top with another sheet of wax paper. Put iron on hottest setting with no steam. Start ironing from middle outward. When done ironing, remove wax paper. They are now coated in wax and preserved.