One of the best ways to get into the fall season is to take a drive and absorb the beautiful scenery our state has to offer.
As a full-service travel agency, AAA Travel's picks for fall drives include:
Located in the Coconino Forest in the San Francisco Peaks, this is a scenic drive that winds through pine forests and aspen groves. There are numerous spots to stop along the way for a hike, picnic, sightseeing, or even set up camp.
Drive time: Two-hour drive to complete the loop, not including the drive time from Phoenix.
Known as the most pleasant 44-mile drive in the state, this National Forest Scenic Byway offers stunning views of fall foliage.
The scenic route winds its way through a coniferous forest and provides breathtaking view points of aspen ringed meadows and wildlife.
Round trip from the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is approximately three hours.
Located in the heart of the Mogollon Rim, which is one of the most striking features in our state. The amazing drop off is the star of this scenic drive. When you're not awestruck by panoramic views, you'll see fall colors in their glory, as well as a forest well populated with wildlife.
Drive time is about four hours from Flagstaff.
AAA TRAVEL'S FALL DRIVE TIPS:
Fall colors start to set in around the second week of October, but remnants can linger through mid-November.
The US Forest Service has a Fall Foliage hotline (1-800-354-4595) and website www.fs.fed.us/fallcolors/2013/ complete with up-to-date information on regional leaf color predictions and foliage peaks.
Make sure you have a solid set of directions for your fall drive. You can build your itinerary, including all the stops you want to make along the way at AAA.com/TripTik .
AAA is a full-service travel agency. For help planning your Fall Break vacation contact your AAA Travel Professional toll-free at 1-877-870-9408 or visit your local AAA office . Or visit AAA.com/travel .