Autumn is here. Now is the time to start planning when and where to hit the road and enjoy the scenery. To see the leaves changing color you'll need to start in the northern part of the state first.

It's an Easy Day Trip

It's easier than you think to plan a day trip to enjoy all the fall colors. Be sure to sign up for weekly updates from the Arkansas Tourism Department. You'll receive an email with a helpful rundown of where the beautiful color changes are taking place.

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Best Scenic Drives in Arkansas

Plan a drive in mid to late October head up to the Ozarks and up to northern Arkansas. You can drive beautiful scenic routes there up to Crowley's RidgeGreat River Road.

In November, you'll need to head up to Ouachita State Park.

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More Great Routes to See the Fall Colors

There are quite a few scenic routes to drive where you can see all the fall colors including the Scenic 7 Byway. This one is the easiest for us in our area to drive. It runs from Harrison, Russellville, Hot Springs, Arkadelphia and on through El Dorado to the border with Louisiana. So it's super easy to catch for a day trip at Arkadelphia and drive north.

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You can also check out the Fall Foilage Prediction Map.

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