Best scenic routes for truck drivers to enjoy this fall
Posted: October 12, 2020
One comment we consistently hear from drivers is that traveling to new places and seeing pretty landscapes is a big perk to being a professional truck driver. This is the kind of career that takes you on epic road trips to places that many people only see in pictures. During the fall is no exception when the green leaves turn into vibrant shades of orange, red and yellow. If you don’t have a lot of downtime to explore, you can still take in the fall foliage on your routes. Our USA Truck regional routes run on the Eastern half of the U.S. Here are some of our favorite fall scenic spots along some of these routes that you can enjoy right from your truck:
I-65 connects the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast running from Chicago down to Mobile, Ala. In Louisville, the highway takes you on the Abraham Lincoln Bridge as you pass over the Ohio River. This bridge runs parallel to the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge. The two bridges side-by-side and flanked by the city skyline is definitely a sight to see. The wind farms along the Indiana stretch of I-65 are also an impressive view.
This interstate highway is a major east-west thoroughfare that runs from Wilmington, N.C., to Barstow, Calif. At USA Truck, our regional routes along this highway often take drivers from East Tennessee to North Carolina through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. This stretch of highway is beautiful any time of year, but mid-October to early November has the most vibrant colors coming from its almost 100 species of native trees.
Just outside of Charlotte, N.C., the Catawba River overpass on I-85 offers picturesque views of autumn-colored trees reflecting in the water. You can also see these beautiful fall colors all along I-85, particularly in the more rural parts of the drive. Down in Alabama, I-85 takes you through Tuskegee National Forest, which is another great spot for fall foliage viewing. Peak season for fall colors in Northern Alabama is generally from late October to early November.
I-95 is the main interstate highway on the East Coast, running from Route 1 in Florida all the way up to New Brunswick, Canada. There are many sections of this highway that are beautiful to drive. For instance, if you find yourself in Bangor, Maine, at night, you’ll have incredible views of the night sky. In the colder months, you might even get an opportunity to see the Northern Lights.
New England is known for its vibrant fall colors. Autumn tourist season is from late September to late December, with the colors at their peak around mid-October. The New England portion of I-95 runs through four of the five New England states.
Interstate 87 runs from New York City up through Canada, connecting with I-95, I-84 and I-90 along the way. Not only will driving along I-87 gives you some great views of the city, but you’ll also be treated to beautiful scenery of the Hudson River as you go over the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge (also known as the Tappan Zee Bridge) as you head north. In the fall, the changing colors of the trees are the perfect addition to views of the mountains as you drive through the Catskills and Adirondacks.
Do you have a favorite route that gives you amazing fall views? We’d love to hear about it!