Safe Active Adult Fall Activities

The COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed life as we know it in an instant. Although it’s markedly challenging to conjure an ounce of positivity from the crisis—there’s no denying that the extended period of social isolation and lockdown reminded people to treasure life, nature, and relationships.

One of the best ways to regain a semblance of freedom and appreciate nature’s breathtaking beauty is by hitting the road this fall on a scenic drive. On the list of active adult fall activities here are the top rated scenic drives on the east coast. The region offers diverse cultures, beautiful scenery, and a lot to explore from behind the wheel.

East Coast Scenic Drives

Skyline Drive: The 105-mile Skyline Drive in Virginia cuts through the Shenandoah National Park and is an ideal route for active adults to appreciate the beauty of fall foliage (i.e., leaf-peeping). While it makes for an excellent road trip year-round, the best time to bask its full glory is during fall when the landscape has the characteristic red-yellow hue.

Blue Ridge Parkway: Ready to take a slow (45 miles per hour) 469-mile drive twisting around a picturesque road cutting through up to 29 counties? The road trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway is perfect for birders and active adults looking for Appalachian overlooks. It’s also a great route to catch a glimpse of changing leaf colors during fall.

Kancamagus Scenic Byway: “Kanc,” as it’s locally known, is littered in magnificent birch, beech, and maple trees that burst in illuminating color during the fall season. The National Scenic Byway—which takes you through New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest—boasts of one of the most distraction-free drives anywhere on the East Coast. There’s barely a sight of service stations and home throughout its 34.5-mile stretch. People looking to break a sweat and enjoy a waterfall can take a hike to Sabbaday Falls.

Gulf Coast Road Trip: Are there better active adult fall activities than enjoying unique ecosystems in national/state parks and beautiful beach vacations? Beachgoers and people who appreciate forestry can enjoy both of these activities by taking a scenic drive on route 98—from Florida to Mississippi.

Historic National Road: As implied by the name, Maryland’s Historic National Road tells tales tracking back to around three centuries. The 170-mile was initially built to promote movement and settlement of people from the East to the West. A scenic drive down this East Coast route is also incredible for leaf-peeping during fall.

The Tapestry

Looking for a great active adult community? Check out The Tapestry, an age-targeted community in Garner, NC. Call 919-772-4663 for more information.