Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year in western North Carolina. As the temperatures begin to drop, the colors begin to ramp up in their richness — which can only mean one thing: leaf season is here again.

Shades of red, yellow, orange, and brown will soon become commonplace in the Asheville area. And there’s no better vehicle to see them in than your new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. Leaf season only comes once a year, so now is the time enjoy it. Here are a handful of scenic spectacles you won’t want to miss.

The 5 Best Leaf Season Sights to See in Your Volkswagen Atlas

Blue Ridge Parkway

This 469-mile stretch through the Blue Ridge Mountains is your path to almost anywhere in western North Carolina. That’s why it’s a good thing that your VW Atlas handles smoothly around every winding road and curve. With 4MOTION® all-wheel drive, you can navigate your way to trails, parks, and vantage points safely.

pretty leaves on the blue ridge parkway

Picnic Spots

There’s nothing like sitting back and relishing the scenery while grabbing a bite to eat. With up to 96.8 cu. ft. of cargo space, you can bring as much food as you want in your Atlas SUV. As far as areas to roll out the picnic basket, Beacon Heights and Craggy Gardens are a few of our favorites.


These roadside stops offer the best views of the fall foliage, and they’re in no short order. The Blue Ridge Parkway provides access to well over 200 of them. From Bluff Mountain and Richland Balsam to the breathtaking overlook of the French Broad River, you can’t go wrong. And lucky for you, your Atlas achieves an estimated 26 mpg in highway fuel economy — so you can take your time.

asheville overlook with fall leaves

Mountain Peaks

No trip through the mountains is complete without visiting the highest places. Chimney Rock, Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell, and Rough Ridge all allow for unobstructed views of the fall landscape. And with comfortable seating for up to seven in the VW Atlas, the whole gang can climb mountains with you.


Despite what you’ve heard, it’s perfectly fine to chase these natural wonders through western North Carolina. Cascading marvels like Crabtree Falls and Linville Falls are too rare to skip in the months leading up to winter. Plus, with the Atlas’ panoramic sunroof, it’s easy to soak up the colors of autumn while you’re hunting your next waterfall.

waterfall in asheville, nc

Share Your Love for Leaf Season in Asheville, NC

Leaf season will be gone before you know it, so savor it while you can. At Volkswagen of Asheville, we want to help you celebrate. Follow us on Facebook and share your favorite leaf season highlights. If you need a new Atlas to kick off your adventure, we’ve got you covered there, too. Check out our inventory, featuring the new Volkswagen Atlas for sale.