Planning a Fall Road Trip? Head to a National Park

Planning a Fall Road Trip? Head to a National Park

For many RVers, fall is the perfect time to head out on a long road trip or even a quick weekend getaway. The temperatures are cooler, the leaves are beautiful, and it’s a great way to sneak in a few extra camping trips this year.

If you have a favorite autumn getaway, you should absolutely take advantage of it. But, if you’re not sure where to head on your autumn road trip this year, consider hitting up one of the country’s National Parks.

Didn’t get to a park this summer? You might just find that heading out in autumn makes for an even better experience. If you need some convincing, we’ve got you covered with a few reasons why a National Park is the perfect fall vacation spot.

They Are Less Crowded

As things have started to open up again across the country, National Parks saw a surge in popularity this year. Some have been packed all summer, which isn’t a bad thing, but it can take away from the experience of really feeling “one” with nature.

During the fall, National Parks are often less crowded. That’s usually due to the fact that people aren’t taking as many vacations and kids are in school. But, if you can get some time off with the kids or your spouse in the fall, it’s worth it to enjoy a park without the intense crowds. You can walk around more freely, and might be able to see and experience things you wouldn’t during a busy summer season.

You Can Take Advantage of Off-Season Pricing

Just because the National Parks are less crowded during the fall, doesn’t mean the states want them to be! As a result, many National Parks offer discounted rates to attract tourists during the off-season. You can look for guided tours and other immersive experiences around park areas that are usually cheaper in the fall, too. Even certain campgrounds offer discounts so they can keep up an income during the cooler months.

Gas prices also tend to go down during the fall since fewer people are traveling. Not only will you save money at the parks, you’ll save money getting there!

The Beautiful Colors

We’ve talked before about some of the best places in the country to visit for beautiful fall foliage. But, heading to a National Park in the mid-Atlantic area or Northeast will offer you some of the most vibrant, breathtaking views ever.

Not only will you get to enjoy the beauty of the colorful leaves, but you can take advantage of comfortable temperatures. That makes experiences like hiking much more pleasant! Plus, let’s be honest - who doesn’t love campfire chili and s’mores in the fall?

So, don’t get your RV prepped for winter and put away just yet. Fall is right around the corner, so now is a perfect time to start planning a trip during the next few months. Decide on a National Park or two that would best fit your needs and the things you want to experience. You can save money, beat the heat, beat the crowds, and make a fall road trip an annual event you can enjoy every year. 

Aug 31st 2021 Stacey Koziel

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