I lived for a time in New England, and still get there for various reasons. The foliage there this time of year is spectacular, and we actually have something along those lines nearby that requires a road trip, not a plane ride.
Wine Country in Sonoma and Napa counties.
You don't get the majestic Green and White Mountain views, or the lakes that adorn that countryside. That said, I have over the years traversed the country roads in the North Bay, and it is a gorgeous time of year to spend some time in that vicinity.
Wine tasting optional. There are some good tours of the vineyards, and this is a great time to see those big grapes and the beautiful oolors of the leaves on the grapevines.
Raking leaves not required.