There are many wonderful advantages to being a truck driver. One of the most exciting aspects for those entering the truck driving world is thought of life on the open road. It is true that many truck drivers spend long periods away from home, but they also enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in the country.
Imagine viewing big mountains, bright fall foliage, lakes, rivers, flowers, fields of corn, sunrises, and sunsets throughout your work day. Truck drivers get to soak in breathtaking views–while getting paid! They aren’t stuck in a dark office without any windows, which gives many drivers a sense of happiness and freedom in their job.
Across the U.S., the scenery constantly changes and there are usually points of interest along the way. In honor of the fall season, Smith Transport put together the top 10 most beautiful, picturesque fall scenic drives:
1. Michigan’s Gold Coast – Lake Michigan’s northeastern shores and Grand Traverse Bay offer fiery-hued maple and oak leaves against green pine, fir, and spruce trees.
2. Blue Ridge Parkway – The fascinating Blue Ridge Parkway combines Virginia’s farmsteads with North Carolina’s Appalachian hardwood forests.
3. Coastal Maine – Every fall, gorgeous fall colors sweep across Maine’s coastline. These views give new meaning to the phrase “peak” foliage.
4. Olympic Peninsula – Beginning in Seattle, WA, the northern coast of this still-wild, 5,000-square-mile peninsula provides striking fall foliage backdrops.
5. The Ozarks – There’s no doubt you’ll find autumn foliage in Ozarks. The signature colors of the fall season blanket the state of Arkansas in breathtaking beauty.
6. The Smoky Mountains – The spectacular foliage of Gatlinburg, Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains gives you eye-popping fiery yellows, and vibrant reds.
7. Natchez Trace Parkway – Stretching from Mississippi to Tennessee, this 444-mile scenic route provides fall color and 10,000 years of American history.
8. Mad River Byway, VT – The Mad River Byway takes you along two of Vermont’s most scenic roads, Routes 100 and 100B. Lovely!
9. Lake Placid, NY – The Adirondacks, the largest natural wilderness region in the Eastern U.S., offers a dazzling palette of autumnal colors in the six-million-acre Adirondack Park.
10. The Driftless Region – Wisconsin offers spectacular foliage driving routes, including The Driftless Region. Drivers will see sumac and maple trees, twisted oak, and wild hickory blaze orange and yellow along the valleys.
Is your office view as good as a truck driver’s view? Mother Nature’s fall foliage is just one of the many perks drivers can experience. (Please note: these routes are not necessarily places where truck drivers will travel.)
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