As the sweltering summer temperatures become a faint memory, it’s an excellent time to find a fall road trip destination for your trusty conversion campervan. Indeed, the fall season has a lot that beckons van lifers outdoors, from gorgeous views of autumn foliage and fruit picking tours to quiet hiking trails. Even better, campground costs and destination admissions fees are usually lower.
In this post, we have rounded up the best fall destinations for campervan owners. And if you don’t yet have a van but are considering one, allow 27North Inc. to design your adventure vehicle. We are a distinguished custom van conversion builder, offering durable and luxurious Class B conversions tailored to meet any travel lifestyle.
Now, let’s check out the best places for fall van road trips.
Route 100, Vermont
If you’re looking to experience New England’s famed fall foliage, pilot your rig through the 138-mile route 100 in Vermont. On this scenic byway, the trees light up the landscape with vibrant colors that you must see to believe.
The route also meanders through quaint towns, hiking areas, water play hotspots, rolling farmlands, and craft breweries. One of the best areas along the byway to make the most of autumn’s arboreal brilliance is Stowe. You’ll find a unique shopping scene, an iconic church, picturesque mountain views, and dazzling ski slopes.
Aspen is famous for its excellent winter skiing, but it is also one of the top fall campervan destinations for leaf peeping. September and early October are the best time to visit, as the white-barked trees paint the landscape orange, golden yellow, and auburn.
The twin, 14,000-foot summits of the Maroon Bells, their stunning reflection over Marron Lake, as well as the colorful forests around them are must-see landmarks. Aspen is also an outdoor lovers' paradise with plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, climbing, or just leisurely strolls.
Amicalola Falls State Park, Georgia
Just two hours outside of Atlanta, you’ll find Amicalola Falls State Park. This retreat is certainly one of the most popular parks for fall color. Here, an array of spectacular autumnal hues grace the branches of maple and oak trees.
The main attraction, however, is the Southeast’s tallest cascading waterfall—the dramatic, 729-foot Amicalola Falls. You can witness it from many angles along the park’s trails. Adventure seekers will also appreciate the area’s hikes, as well as camping, fishing, and zip lining opportunities.
Acadia National Park, Maine
Another great park for fall van travel is Acadia National Park in Maine. Mid-September to the third week of October is an optimal time to experience Acadia in all its glory. Around this window, the park is draped in vivid hues of orange and yellow.
Even better, the crowds are drastically reduced, the conditions are perfect for exploring the trails on foot, and bugs are no longer a concern. There’s so much to explore, from a dramatic rocky coastline, white sand beach, shimmering lakes, beautiful granite peaks, commanding cliff overlooks, and a scenic byway to irresistible local cuisine.
Magical fall foliage isn’t just for the states with four seasons. Desert states like Arizona will also give you the chance to catch a glimpse of intense autumn hues. Flagstaff is the place to go van camping in fall, specifically around late September through October.
In this region, aspens, oaks, and maples change into diverse shades of yellow, red, and bronze. The area also has a host of hiking trails and scenic drives to keep you occupied. Some top places to witness the colors include Arizona Snowball Ski Resort, Humphreys—Arizona’s tallest mountain, and the San Francisco Peaks.
Adirondacks of New York
The Adirondack Region is a nice place to see fall foliage in your campervan conversion. It’s a 10,000-square-mile protected area resting east of the Mississippi River. Drive your Class B RV here and soak in some of the most brilliant natural displays in the entire country.
The best spots to see peak foliage are along Mirror Lake Drive, Lake George, route 86, Indian Lake, and on top of Whiteface Mountain, where you can drive to the peak. Apart from the riot of fall color, you’ll enjoy hiking, discovering the area’s rich history, apple picking, wine tours, getting lost in corn mazes, and exploring diverse dining options.