The Best Autumn Road Trips

There’s a slight nip to the air, the leaves are slowly turning golden and the days are getting just a touch shorter – three sure signs that autumn is creeping in! The gorgeous scenery which takes over the world during this season makes it a wonderful time to take to the road and go on a trip. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here is our pick of the best autumn road trips, each of which is filled with gorgeous scenery, fascinating landmarks and an almost never-ending supply of photo opportunities.

Best Autumn Road trips: Aspens on a country road in Colorado, USA
Aspens on a country road in Colorado, USA: Photo W.G. Dayton / CC 2.0

5 Best Autumn Road Trips

Aspen in Colorado, USA

This internationally-renowned town of Aspen in Colorado was named after a tree, so you know the foliage is going to be superb. Between mid-September and the start of October, this town comes alive with red and golden hues of aspen trees which contrast perfectly against the verdant evergreens and mountain peaks.

Best Autumn Road trips: Snowy Mt Hutt mountain range in South Island, New Zealand
Snowy Mt Hutt mountain range in South Island, New Zealand: Photo Nathanael Coyne / CC 2.0

Christchurch to Queenstown in South Island, New Zealand

If you want to skip autumn and go straight into winter, consider a South Island New Zealand ski and self-drive tour. This amazing trip stops off at Mt Hutt and either Coronet Peak or the Remarkables Ski Area along the way where you can ski off the snowy white peaks up until the beginning of October.

Best Autumn Road trips: Rolling foggy hills of autumn in Tuscany, Italy
Rolling foggy hills of autumn in Tuscany, Italy: Photo Antonio Cinotti / CC 2.0

Tuscany, Italy

Whilst most people think about travelling to Tuscany during summer, the region is a stunning place to visit between September and November. An autumn road trip in Tuscany will see you come face to face with rolling hillsides with strong, dark greens merging into rich golds and passionate crimson hues. Vineyards, olive groves and truffle farms are all in their peak during this season, too, making it a popular route for foodies.

Best Autumn Road Trips: Vineyards of Constantia, just outside central Cape Town in South Africa
Vineyards of Constantia, just outside central Cape Town in South Africa: Photo Tim Snell / CC 2.0

Route 62, South Africa

Known as the longest wine route in the world, Route 62 in South Africa is another must for foodies looking for a gourmet adventure this autumn. This scenic drive starts in Cape Town and ends in Port Elizabeth, taking in extensive vineyards which produce some of the best wines in not just the country, but the whole world along the way.

Best Autumn Road Trips: Walking trail in the Lake District, UK
Walking trail in the Lake District, UK: Nigel Judson / CC 2.0

Grizedale in the Lake District, UK

Grizedale, the area between Windermere and Coniston Water is said by locals to be the Lake District’s glistening gem, bursting with dominant green pines and ancient thick woodland which provides an idyllic backdrop for a road trip. There are loads of walking trails to enjoy here, in addition to a visitors’ centre, café, mountain bike hire and Go Ape rope courses for the adventurous.

About Nicola Quinn


Nicola is a travel and food writer living in the Canary Islands who loves exploring far-off places, pushing herself to the limit and trying local eats wherever she goes.

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