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5 Reasons Why Fall is the Best Time for a Road Trip

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As the fall season starts to turn the leaves and the temperature starts to cool off for the coming winter, people all over the world start to get that itch. The combination of factors are perfect to go out and hit the open road. Road trips are becoming more popular in recent years for a number of different reasons. Some love them because of the cheaper cost and some simply love the freedom that they bring. Either way, the fall season is the ideal time to take one. Here are five great reasons why fall is the perfect time to load up the car and hit the road:


In most parts of the United States, the weather during the fall is going to be pretty comfortable. Rain and snow is far less likely during those months and the heat of summer is in the rear view mirror. If you love cool weather without the high risks of snow and sleet, then fall is perfect for your road trip. Driving conditions will be pretty darn nice for most situations and places.


If nothing else, the fall season will provide you with breathtaking beauty as you drive along on your road trip. Who would not want a backdrop of color and and the visions of nature changing that fall provides? This is a wonderful way to enjoy the fall season and your sense of freedom at the same time.


The fall season is kind of an in-between season for most tourist areas. Many places that you pay premiums for during the summer season will be heavily discounted during the fall months. Take your time and check out what is coming up ahead…you might get a pleasant free surprise.


Nicer weather means packing lighter. Nobody likes lugging around heavy coats and luggage and they certainly don’t want to on a road trip. This time of year is notoriously comfortable and provides you with the chance to come as you are in many instances. Forget the heavy load and simply enjoy the trip.


Better weather and conditions also means that the car is far less likely to experience trouble. Nobody wants to deal with overheating engines or worse in the dead of winter or the heat of summer. If you do have car trouble, the odds are that it will be less stressful than at any other time of year if only because of the comfort.

Fall is primarily the best time for a road trip because it matches all the things you feel on a road trip. The sense of change, adaptation and freedom that one gets on a road trip is perfectly suited to the feel-good fall season.

Get behind the wheel and try it some time!

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  1. I don’t think there are reasons for Fall to not be the best time! I love everything about this season, from the colors to the weather and it’s definitely the BEST time to go outdoors and have a road trip.

  2. Tim B

    Taking a hike through a woods when fall colors are in full display is always so relaxing. Walking under a canopy of red, yellow and orange leaves really provides some great scenery.

  3. The Fall is such a beautiful season, I love being able to use pretty trees for backgrounds this time of year when taking photos.

  4. Fall is my favorite season. I love the cool, crisp air, the changing of the leaves and spending nights outside around the fire pit.

  5. Fall is my absolute FAVORITE time of year. This road trip sounds so great. I love a good road trip. We haven’t done one in a long time.

  6. Fall is my favorite season but road trips are usually taken by my family in the Summer. Hmmmnn, I think we should try a Fall road trip sometime.

  7. I couldn’t agree more and fall is so pretty! With summer you have to pack so much more and the heat is the worst!

  8. Sad, we don’t have fall here. But our family loves going out on trips every summer. Great season for family outings.

  9. These are all great reasons. I wouldn’t have thought about it being better on your car but I can see how that is true.

  10. I love going on road trips, especially during fall. The scenery is always gorgeous, plus the weather is usually nice.

  11. These are great tips! I wish my daughter is not in school during fall season…would be the best tip to go! Thanks for sharing.

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