There are few better ways to experience the bountiful beauty of autumn than by taking a peaceful drive through the gorgeous Oregon countryside. These 8 scenic roads weave through the changing landscape past colorful forests, charming covered bridges, amazing viewpoints, and more. These excursions are lovely year-round, but they’re especially spectacular in the fall.
8. Mt Hood Scenic Byway
A beautiful stretch of highway 35 and highway 26 merge together to create the lovely Mt Hood Scenic Byway in northern Oregon. This spectacular route is full of lush, colorful foliage, wondrous mountain views, bucolic farms, and more.
7. Mckenzie River Highway
This scenic highway runs alongside the amazing McKenzie River for 90 miles, passing waterfalls, forests, and more. Here's a photo of the beautiful Goodpasture Covered Bridge framed by golden foliage.
6. Historic Columbia River Highway
This legendary road winds through a lush forest beside the magnificent Columbia River. It's a fantastic place to see the fall colors, as well as to get a glimpse of some of Oregon's most treasured waterfalls.
5. Hells Canyon Scenic Byway
The Hells Canyon Scenic Byway is an astonishingly beautiful drive in eastern Oregon that leads through canyons, meadows, the Wallowa Mountains, and more.
4. Cornucopia Highway
The Cornucopia Highway is a wonderful road in eastern Oregon that can be reached from the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway. This amazing photo sums up the balance of beautiful foliage and bucolic scenery at its finest.
3. Covered Bridges Tour Route
This awesome drive passes 6 lovely covered bridges and is a perfect route for experiencing the beatuy of Oregon's fall foliage. Here's a photo of Currin Covered Bridge.
2. Sip 47
Oregon's wine country is especially gorgeous in the fall. Plus, it's the harvest season! Take a trip along the fabulous Sip 47, which leads past numerous vineyards, farms, and breathtaking scenery. You may want to consider stopping at a vineyard or two for some wine tasting as well!
1. Mckenzie - Santiam Pass Scenic Byway
The McKenzie - Santiam Pass Scenic Byway is one of Oregon's amazing scenic roads, passing forests, surreal lava beds, mountain peaks, and more. In the fall, the scenery is especially otherworldly when the foliage is aflame with autumn colors.