Will be in New Jersey for two days on Columbus day weekend (oct 8th/9th). Planning one day road trip to Mt Washington Auto Road / Kancamagus highway. SO, start saturday early morning(3-4ish am) and come back by midnight same day. I will be going with friends so we can have drive shifts. I read that KM highway in fall and auto road drive are one of the best usa has to offer on eastern side. Are they worth the effort? Or should we just go to shenandoah skyline drive and save 4/5 hours (But I believe the skyline drive is at its best only after mid october). Already been to Smokies & Blue Ridge Parkway this summer and they were amazing.
P.S: I am an international student and this is my first visit to east coast but I am more into nature than man made structures. So, giving only 1 day to check out NJ/NY and the other day for foliage drive. Any suggestions/comments are welcome.