The air is getting crisper, football is on, and if you look around, you can even see some of the leaves starting to turn vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange. Believe it or not, fall is upon us! And there’s no better time to visit these seven destinations:
Catskill Mountains, New York
When many think of fall, they think of fall foliage, where the trees and scenery transform into something right out of a movie. If you’d like to immerse yourself in the gorgeous colors of autumn, check out the Catskill Mountains in New York. Pack your hiking boots to leaf-peep on foot, go on a craft beer tour to experience the local breweries, and enjoy the Catskill’s harvest season with corn mazes, hay rides, and Oktoberfests. Keep in mind that the fall foliage peaks around early-mid October.
Napa Valley, California
Fall is prime time to visit Napa Valley, one of the country’s most well-loved wine regions. Harvest season is August to October; however, the fall foliage truly transforms the vineyards during the later months and provides stunning panoramic views. Besides enjoying nearly perfect weather, you can partake in some events that only happen during the harvest such as grape stomping, one of the many harvest parties, or the Napa Film Festival.
October doesn’t just mean fall. For many, it’s the best time of the year – Halloween! Most notorious for the witch trials in the 1690s, Salem is a unique and mysterious place to get into the spooky spirit. Take a candlelit ghost tour, spend some time at the Salem Witch House or Witch Museum, explore the small shops and local eateries, check out the powerful Salem Witch Trials Memorial, or simply explore the city by foot to experience the rich history. There are also many special events — think haunted houses, parties, parades, and more, all throughout the fall season. But if you do decide to visit on October 31st, just be sure you plan for larger crowds. As you can imagine, Salem is a popular Halloween destination!
Wenatchee Valley, Washington
Bust out your favorite pie recipes and head to Washington, where over half of the apples in the U.S. are produced. About two and a half hours away from Seattle, you’ll find the Wenatchee Valley, the “apple capital of the world.” On both sides of the river, you’ll see sprawling orchard after orchard (apple, pear, and cherry). Apples are typically ready for picking in September or October. When you aren’t enjoying your bounty of delicious apples, watch the sunset over the Cascade Mountains, explore the riverside parks, or venture 10 miles to the city of Cashmere.
Maybe you aren’t quite ready for fall weather at all. In that case, consider taking a trip to Florida, consistently one of the hottest states in the U.S. during the fall months. From early September until late October, Disneyland hosts Happy Hauntings at their parks, featuring characters in costume, spooky snacks, fall decor, and more.
Take a beer tour, eat some of the best seafood you’ve ever had, visit the picturesque lighthouses, and of course, take in the scenery – Maine is known for some of the absolute best fall foliage views. If time permits, we suggest starting in Portland and making your way around Maine to experience all that the state has to offer!
Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania
In the fall, the Pocono Mountains come alive with stunning yellows, oranges, and reds. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family trip, there’s plenty of adventure to be had. Ride a fall foliage train or take an air tour, canoe or kayak, hike or bike, or visit one of the area’s many adventure parks. Relax at a winery, by a fire, or at one of the Pocono Mountains’ campsites.
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