If chasing vibrant shades of crimson and marigold…
…you’re in luck. Between our four rental locations, you’ll find some of the nation’s finest fall colors, each destination offering a completely different autumnal experience from the next. Alongside cozy van dwellings, we’re talking crisp air and crunchy leaves.
This year, check out one of these gorgeous parks or scenic drives — they only get better as the season rolls in. Here are four of the best places for fall campervan travel this season:
Grand Mesa National Forest, Colorado
Not only is it the world’s largest flat-top mountain (hence the name), it’s also home to a downright staggering amount of bright yellow aspen trees and over 300 pristine lakes. At 11,000 feet above sea level, this landscape transforms into a sprawl of color when the summer heat fades away. Here, you’ll find hikers, campers, and fishing fanatics in droves — but expect to have plenty of space to enjoy in complete solitude.
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- Distance from Phoenix: 10 hours and 41 minutes
- When to go: Late September to the beginning of October
- A good place to camp: Weir and Johnson Campground
Lost Maples State Park, Texas
Despite the name, the maples definitely aren’t lost around here. Alongside limestone bluffs and wooded banks of the Sabinal River, you’ll find Bigtooth maple trees popping with fall colors, ranging from sunny yellows to rich scarlet (and everything in between). It has become a bit of a well-known beauty for autumn leaf peeping, so heading over during the week might save you from some crowds. It’s the Lone Star State at it’s finest, truly.
- Distance from Austin: 2 hours and 50 minutes
- When to go: Mid to late October through early November
- A good place to camp: Lost Maples State Natural Area Campground
Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway, Arkansas
Zip your way through multiple regions of Arkansas on the Scenic Byway 7, a 290-mile stretch of glorious road chock-full of leafy stopoff points. Along this stunner of a drive, you’ll encounter the Ouachita Mountains, the Western Gulf Coastal Plain, and the Ozarks. What we’re trying to say is, you can get a taste of the entire state’s geography in one beautiful, foliage-filled swoop from north to south (or vice versa). A visit to Hot Springs never hurt either.
- Distance from Nashville: Around 7 hours
- When to go: As early as late September through mid-November
- A good place to camp: Tons of options! Check out this interactive map
Upper Peninsula, Michigan
Go waaay up to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for some of the most picturesque fall scenes in the whole midwest. While any slow-winding road in the UP will do, Tahquamenon Falls State Park is especially noteworthy — with some of the least developed land around featuring both a river and stunningly wide falls. Since the peninsula has 22 state parks and recreation areas, there’s tons to stop off at while driving through the colorful woodsy landscape.
- Distance from Minneapolis: 6 hours and 30 minutes
- When to go: Mid-September to mid-October
- Where to camp: Tahquamenon Falls State Park Campground
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