The crisp morning air and changing leaves all note that fall is in the air. It’s time to get out and enjoy the last few nice days we have before the snow starts falling. The best way to take in the biggest eyeful of color is behind the wheel of your vehicle.
Here are a few of our favorite fall color drives that are all within a days drive of Chicago.
Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway
This beautiful scenic byway from Chicago to St. Louis leads you through exceptional fall foliage and past magnificent water views and bluffs. Starting in Ottawa following the Illinois River through twists and bends all the way down to Havana. Check out this map for the full 291 mile loop.
Peoria Grandview Drive
Grandview Drive features a two and a half mile winding scenic road through Peoria and Peoria Heights. Theodore Roosevelt dubbed it “the world’s most beautiful drive”. Along this road you will see views of the Illinois River and some of the most prestigious and historic homes in the area.
Northwest Illinois Loop – Galena
Head west of the city to take in the beautiful sites of Northwestern Illinois. Travel along country roads and quaint small towns along the winding Mississippi river. A perfect time of year to visit Galena and the many charming shops and historic buildings of this area. You can view the full Northwest Illinois Loop here.
Michigan Tunnel of Trees
If you are looking for a weekend getaway (6 hour drive) head up to northern Michigan. The M-119 Michigan highway has been dubbed the best drive in all of Michigan. This scenic road winds from Harbor Springs to Cross Village and takes you along the Lake Michigan coast, past quaint towns, and through beautiful forests. View a map with some great places to stop along the way.
Door County Scenic Drive
The Door County peninsula is one of the best fall vacation spots and is only 4 hours from the city. Along the 66 miles of peninsula you will see bluff top views of the lake, historic fishing communities, and lighthouses. Find out more here.
Any of these 5 drives are perfect for a weekend getaway. Just make sure your car is in prime condition as always when taking a road trip. Visit our website for recommended maintenance service on your European vehicle.