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Michigan’s M-22 Wins Best Scenic Autumn Drive

The kids are back in school, temperatures are starting to drop and Mother Nature’s gearing up for her annual spectacle of fall color. ‘Tis the season for leaf-peeping, and USA TODAY 10Best readers have been busy voting for their favorite scenic autumn drives across the USA. After four weeks of voting, we have a winner!

 According to our readers, the best stretch of road for fall leaf-peeping is Michigan’s M-22, a 116-mile route along Lake Michigan that is absolutely breathtaking come autumn.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Scenic Autumn Drive are as follows:

  1. M-22 – Michigan
  2. Upper Delaware Scenic Byway – New York
  3. Kancamagus Scenic Byway – New Hampshire
  4. Hocking Hills Scenic Byway – Ohio
  5. Olympic Peninsula Loop Drive – Washington
  6. Blue Ridge Parkway – North Carolina & Virginia
  7. West Elk Loop – Colorado
  8. Skyline Drive – Virginia
  9. Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway – South Dakota
  10. Scenic Route 100 Byway – Vermont

Additional nominees for the category Best Scenic Autumn Drive were the Dutch Country Roads in Pennsylvania, Going-to-the-Sun Road in Montana, Historic Columbia River Highway in Oregon, Historic Route 1 in Maine, Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway in Massachusetts, Middlebury Gap Road in Vermont, Mohawk Trail in Massachusetts, Pig Trail Scenic Byway in Arkansas, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee and Scenic 7 Byway in Arkansas.

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners.


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