There is never a bad time to visit Lenoir & the NC Foothills and take a scenic drive, but if you love to enjoy the fall colors, right now is the perfect time! Here are some tips that can make your experience the best one possible.
First, choose your route carefully. There are huge advantages of choosing something other than an interstate for your scenic drive to see fall colors. You’ll be able to take your time, for one thing, without having busy travelers honking at you to get out of their way. You can also be on the lookout for some quaint shops, cozy coffee shops, amazing eateries, and other things to experience along your drive.
The next thing to think about is timing. Choose a time for scenic drives when there are fewer cars on the road. For example, avoid morning commute traffic and rush hour in the evening, as well as the time when “Sunday drivers” are out in force. You should also avoid times when the sun’s glare will interfere with your viewing pleasure.
Scenic drives are fun for both drivers and passengers, but in different ways. It is fun to be the driver along winding roads, but with your attention on the road, you can miss all the fall colors. If there is more than one person taking the trip, consider switching off driving at some point so that you both can get the fun experience of driving and the enjoyment of the fall colors painted across our beautiful mountains.
The final tip about scenic drives to enjoy fall colors is to not procrastinate. It is quite surprising how quickly we go from fall splendor to bare trees!