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The Great Pumpkin Farm, Clarence, N.Y.

The Great Pumpkin Farm, Clarence, N.Y.

Come for the pumpkin picking, but stay for the scarecrow-making, pumpkin slingshots, mummy wrapping, and of course, the Cackling-Hen Revue. Every weekend in the fall at The Great Pumpkin Farm there’s something new, whether a pumpkin pie eating competition or music and barbecue at Oinktoberfest. The hot pumpkin and apple cider donuts are a favorite on the weekends.  960 1280

The Great Pumpkin Farm   

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm, Lockport, Ill.

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm, Lockport, Ill.

Take a hayride out to the pumpkin field to pick your perfect pumpkin right off the vine. Located one hour from Chicago, plan to spend the entire day at Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm to explore the 15-acre corn maze, climb the tire mountain, ring the bell at the top of the climbing wall and take selfies on the eight-foot wooden rocking chair. Little ones will love the baby chick nursery and the petting zoo.  960 1280

Siegel's Cottonwood Farm   

Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch, Dallas

Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch, Dallas

At Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch, more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash come together to create Pumpkin Village. Kids will love the hay bale maze and scavenger hunts, as well as Cinderella’s Pumpkin Carriage. Located inside the Dallas Arboretum, take time to identify different pumpkin varieties as part of the Great Pumpkin Search.  960 1280

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Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, Gretna, Neb.

Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, Gretna, Neb.

One look at the farm map for Vala’s Pumpkin Patch and you may think you’re at an amusement park rather than a pumpkin farm. There are 50+ attractions, including Graveyard Golf and Stalk Cars, as well as multiple live shows, like the Pigtucky Derby Pig Races. You won’t leave hungry either. From hand-dipped corn dogs to caramel apples to s’mores over a campfire, you’re covered at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch.  960 1280

Vala's Pumpkin Patch   

Pumpkin Hollow, Piggott, Ark.

Pumpkin Hollow, Piggott, Ark.

This family-owned farm is one of the leading growers of pumpkins, so you won’t be disappointed by the pumpkins you can pick and take home at Pumpkin Hollow. You’ll also find Arkansas’s first cornfield maze, as well as a double zip line, pedal tractors and a kids’ barn where children can grind corn and learn about local crops. Don’t leave without sampling the pumpkin pie or pumpkin roll from the Weenie Wag’n.  960 1280

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Craven Farm, Snohomish, Wash.

Craven Farm, Snohomish, Wash.

You’ll find more than 30 varieties of pumpkins across the 20-acre pumpkin patch at Craven Farm, so regardless of your “pumpkin personality,” you’re bound to find a perfect match. Explore the 15-acre corn maze, then sport a pair of 3-D glasses for the Pumpkin Adventure. On weekends, take a hay ride, sling pumpkins to hit targets and enjoy storybook scenes re-created with painted pumpkins.  960 1280

Jeremy Blair   

Cool Patch Pumpkins, Dixon, Calif.

Cool Patch Pumpkins, Dixon, Calif.

Pick your pumpkins, ride around on pedal cars and take a corn bath before getting lost in the world’s largest corn maze (as certified by Guinness World Records) at Cool Patch Pumpkins. At 60 acres, you may want to bring a snack before entering the corn maze. Fortunately, you’ll find made-to-order sandwiches and pumpkin pie, even lemonade and pumpkin spice lattes, to tide you over until you exit the maze.  960 1280

Matt Cooley   

Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, Bismarck, N.D.

Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, Bismarck, N.D.

Whether you’re content simply picking pumpkins or you want to spend a few hours climbing a pile of tires and shooting a pumpkin cannon, Papa’s Pumpkin Patch is the place to be. There are lots of free activities at the pumpkin patch, like a hay bale maze, and many more activities for a small fee, like horse-drawn hayrides, zip lines and corn cob sling shots. Take selfies with the kids in the 15-foot Great Pumpkin’s Chair.  960 1280

Amy Taborsky  

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Known as the “World Pumpkin Capital,” Half Moon Bay boasts multiple pick-your-own pumpkin patches, as well as the annual Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, which takes place in mid-October. Keep your eyes open for a five-ton pumpkin sculpture, a parade, a pie eating contest and a pumpkin fun run along Coastside Trail. As a bonus, kids will love the inflatables just down the road at 4-C’s Pumpkin Patch.  960 1280

Bradley Wittke  

Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch, Middletown, Md.

Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch, Middletown, Md.

At Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch, you’ll find a 30-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch, a 15-acre corn maze, hay rides, a petting zoo and a huge playground. Kids will also love face painting and pony rides on the weekends. There’s almost too much to do at Jumbo’s so plan on at least a half-day to explore this working family farm and take a look at the arts and crafts created by dozens of local artisans.  960 1280

Jumbo's Pumpkin Patch   

Asheville, North Carolina
Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate

A charming town set in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville comes alive in the fall as the leaves change and the air turns crisp. Love the mountains, but not so fond of rustic barns? Biltmore Estate, a 250-room French Renaissance chateau on 8,000 acres — complete with an award-winning winery — blends refined elegance with sweeping mountain views for a picture-perfect wedding. 960 1280

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Aruba

Aruba

Dreaming of a Caribbean destination wedding in the fall but fear hurricane season? Consider Aruba, since it’s situated in the Southern Caribbean, far from the hurricane belt. Fall is a great time to visit, as the summer crowds are gone, but the sun is still shining and constant trade winds will keep you from sweating through your gown or tux. The white-sand beaches provide a spectacular stage for your white wedding, too. 960 1280

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Omni Mount Washington Resort

Omni Mount Washington Resort

Nothing could be more romantic than a fall wedding in New England, with a canopy of autumn’s stunning colors as the backdrop. A favorite New England haven of presidents, writers and celebrities and a National Historic landmark, Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, N.H., offers a grand history and refined luxuries, such as an on-site spa, amid a serene mountainside setting. After the big day, adventurous newlyweds and guests can take an unforgettable three and a half-hour zip-line tour to see the foliage up close. 960 1280

Omni Mount Washington Resort  

Napa Valley

Napa Valley

Fall is the best time to visit Napa Valley — the summer crowds have thinned, and it’s “crush time,” when grapes are harvested. Get married while surrounded by 27 acres of vineyards at the Carneros Inn, a resort that seamlessly mixes rustic barn charm and understated luxury. Say “I do” in the resort’s apple orchard, a grassy lawn that’s dotted with apple trees and has panoramic views of the rolling hillside. 960 1280

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Allegheny Mountains

Allegheny Mountains

Say your “I do’s” amid the dazzling fall foliage at the Omni Homestead, a luxury resort nestled in the Allegheny Mountains. A National Historic Landmark, the Homestead has welcomed 22 American presidents as guests since the 18th century. Unwind after the big day at the Jefferson Pools, the legendary hot springs where Thomas Jefferson soaked in 1818. 960 1280

Omni Hotels & Resorts  

Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley

A mere 90 miles upstate from Manhattan lies the respite of Hudson Valley, a favorite fall getaway to take in autumn’s color show. Plan a wedding at the Mohonk Mountain House, a Victorian castle mountaintop resort that overlooks Lake Mohonk and is surrounded by 40,000 forested acres and breathtaking views of the Catskill Mountains. Nature lovers can choose an eco-friendly wedding, which includes an organic and local menu, extensive composting and recycling, and flowers from the resort’s greenhouse. 960 1280

Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc.  

Italy

Italy

Dreaming of an Italian fairy-tale wedding that rivals George Clooney’s and Kim Kardashian’s? Tie the knot at Il Salviatino, an exquisitely restored 15th-century villa on the hillside of Fiesole, a town 15 minutes from Florence’s city center. Exchange your vows in the enchanting Italian-style gardens against the sparkling scenery of Florence’s city lights and a view of the iconic Il Duomo di Firenze. 960 1280

Il Salviatino  

Cancun

Cancun

A short, direct flight from most major U.S. cities, Cancun boasts sunny skies, year-round 80-degree weather and bright-blue ocean views. Sister properties JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort offer a world of options to cater to various kinds of couples  — from beachfront Catholic weddings (the nuptial seaside gazebo is approved for use as a Catholic altar) to Indian, kosher, LGBT and Mayan celebrations — all led by specifically certified professionals. 960 1280

Marriott International, Inc.  

Scottsdale Arizona

Scottsdale Arizona

Don’t want to worry about rain on your wedding day? Tie the knot in Scottsdale, Arizona, a vibrant desert town that boasts more than 330 days of sunshine every year. You don’t have to have a wild, wild West wedding here; Montelucia Resort and Spa brims with luxury and sophistication in its indoor/outdoor ballroom. Could you dream up a more stunning wedding backdrop than Camelback Mountain and the Sonoran Desert? 960 1280

Omni Hotels & Resorts  

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Nature lovers will cherish a fall wedding in Yosemite National Park, surrounded by majestic pine forests, iconic sites such as Yosemite Falls, Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall (how fitting!), and pops of fall color in nearly every direction. There’s a range of hotels perfect for every couple’s style, including the elegant and historic Ahwahnee Hotel and the cozy, rustic accommodations of Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. 960 1280

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Bald Head Island, N.C.

Bald Head Island, N.C.

Come September, the already quiet island off the shore of Wilmington, N.C., becomes nearly deserted except for the 160 people who call the island home year round. With no cars on the island, you’ll find a peaceful silence that’s hard to find anywhere else. While the weather gets a little chilly, the water is still warm. But for those who would rather stay dry, the world-class golf course, the conservatory’s bird walks and Old Baldy lighthouse round out a relaxing getaway. 960 1280

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Katy Trail, Missouri

Katy Trail, Missouri

The 225-mile Katy Trail runs along the Missouri River for much of the way and cuts right through the state’s wine country. In the 1800s, this area is also where German immigrants settled, bringing their wine-making traditions along with them. There are plenty of adorable B&Bs situated along the trail if you need a rest from a long day of biking or hiking through the dense forests and limestone bluffs. 960 1280

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Cape May, N.J.

Cape May, N.J.

Cape May is great in the summer, but it’s magical in the fall. Autumn is when monarch butterflies converge upon this beach town for a few charmed weeks during their migration. Stop for brunch at the Blue Pig Tavern in Congress Hall hotel (one of President Ulysses S. Grant's favorite places to stay) before doing some serious shopping along Washington Street or bike riding along Beach Avenue. 960 1280

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Dutch Country, better known as Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is an idyllic place to visit during the harvest season. There are apple orchards ripe for the picking, corn mazes that hearken back to a simpler time and farmers markets bursting with homemade baked goods and fresh produce. And just 30 minutes northeast, you’ll find “Antiques Capital, U.S.A.” in Adamstown, home to over 3,000 antique dealers, traditional Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine and, of course, that Amish charm. 960 1280

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Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth, Washington

Oktoberfest in Leavenworth is one of the most extravagant Oktoberfests in the U.S. For three weekends in October, visitors descend upon the foothills of the Cascade Mountains to explore the traditional Bavarian village and get their fill of authentic cuisine and imported beer. But even if it’s not October, there’s still much to love about this town, from the Bavarian architecture to the Maipole in the town square. 960 1280
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

In the fall, Boston is the destination for crisp weather, history and excitement. Hop across the Charles River to explore Cambridge and sit in Harvard Yard for excellent people watching, then recharge in one of the many independent coffee shops, expand your mind in the 84-year-old Harvard Book Store and finally, grab a cleverly named, famous burger from Mr. Bartley’s. We recommend The Big Papi with a side of sweet potato fries. 960 1280

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Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Located in Lake Huron, this island resort is not only a National Historic Landmark, but it is also a portal back in time to when Victorian architecture was prominent and the only modes of transportation were foot, bicycle or horse. Mackinac Island is known for its opulent fall foliage in October, and it is also famous for its fudge. In fact, many of the island’s confectioners have been making fudge for more than a century. 960 1280

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Mill Valley, California

Mill Valley, California

Head beyond San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge, to the sublime setting of Marin County. This is a prime spot for outdoor enthusiasts, who will never want to go indoors. Take a winding drive into the region’s mountains to visit Muir Woods National Monument. An easy hike through towering redwoods -- that range in age from 400-800 years old -- will leave you breathless. Afterwards, head back down the mountains into Mill Valley, where quaint shops and first-rate cuisine await.
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San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

You can’t go wrong with a stroll (or a cruise) along San Antonio’s famous River Walk in the fall. Tucked just below street level, the River Walk features some of the city’s best restaurants, shops and galleries -- all just steps away from The Alamo. And the Natural Bridge Caverns are only a 30-minute drive away if you’re up for a little amateur spelunking. Take a tour 180 feet underground to see stunning natural formations or head over to Bracken Cave to see one of the world’s largest bat colonies. 960 1280

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Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

With its surprisingly moderate climate and otherworldly terrain, Sedona is a town full of surprises. The town is considered a spiritual mecca because it’s considered home to a series of vortexes and whirlpools of energy that are believed to facilitate mediation and healing. Whether you believe this or not, stop in one of the many spiritual gift shops for the chance to get your aura read. Or just take a Jeep tour high into the red rocks for a surreal adventure. 960 1280

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Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah Valley’s Skyline Drive offers 105 miles of scenic byway surrounded by stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. Whether you tackle the sloping, winding road by bike or car, you’ll encounter plenty of quaint Virginian towns along the way. Stop in Staunton’s Red Brick District to check out the arts scene or visit Waynesboro for world-class fishing. 960 1280

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The Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains

Visit the Great Smoky Mountains for a relaxing getaway. Head to Blackberry Farm, nestled in the foothills, for a luxurious stay that’s not to be missed. For travelers looking for adventure, there’s hiking, fly-fishing and horseback riding aplenty in these iconic mountains.
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Walla Walla, Washington

Walla Walla, Washington

If you’re looking for a scenic wine tour to kick off the autumn season, skip the tourists of Napa and head straight for Walla Walla, a hot, new destination for wine connoisseurs. Not only is the region home to more than 100 wineries, but Walla Walla was also named “Friendliest Small Town” by both USA Today and Rand McNally. Head to Maryhill Winery to indulge in wine tasting and live music in the vineyard’s gorge, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. 960 1280

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Many people have "see the Grand Tetons" on their bucket list, but they probably never thought they could see them like this. The Jackson Hole Aerial Tram takes you 4,136 vertical feet above Snake River Valley, Grand Teton National Park and the Gros Ventre Range. Did we mention the 360-degree views? But once you’ve recovered from the shock and awe of the amazing views, explore the topnotch restaurants, quirky shops and luxury resorts in town. 960 1280
Tybee Island, Georgia

Tybee Island, Georgia

There’s never a bad time to visit Savannah, Georgia, and if you head just 30 minutes east to the shore, you’ll find the secret treasure that is Tybee Island. If you’re lucky enough to be on the Island in October, you should experience the annual Pirate Fest when the island transforms into a pirate village. During your stay, climb to the top of Tybee Lighthouse to watch the sun set, but make sure you keep an eye out for incoming scallywags. 960 1280

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