Chic New England may be famous for spectacular fall foliage, but it's not the only US region whose trees put on a seasonal show. Fiery autumn leaves are also a feature further south in Virginia and beyond to the richly wooded Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks.
Linking these beautiful backdrops is the famous Blue Ridge Parkway: routinely voted America's favourite drive. This 469-mile trail runs through the Appalachian Highlands and connects these two national parks via pioneer history, epic vistas and charming small towns such as Charlottesville, Virginia, which was home to three former US presidents (Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe).
Start the adventure in Washington DC, whose National Mall and Reflecting Pool are ablaze with colour at this time of year, then weave your way south on the Blue Ridge Parkway all the way to Atlanta.
Bon Voyage's suggested, tailor-made America's Favourite Drive itinerary costs from £2,225 per person and includes flights (from London, Manchester or Glasgow) into Washington and home from Atlanta, 13 nights' accommodation in cosy and characterful inns or B&Bs, car hire and a personalised road book with detailed directions and travel tips. Call 0800 316 0194 or visit www.bon-voyage.co.uk
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