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Go on an Autumn Expedition

There are many destinations that only get better as the air grows brisk, the school year starts and the leaves change colors, such as foliage-rich New England and not-quite-as-crowded Disneyland. Plus, because fall is the “shoulder season” for many beach towns, you can usually snag a good deal between the summer rush and the holiday crowds.

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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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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 it's 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

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Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm, Lockport, Illinois

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm, Lockport, Illinois

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

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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, Nebraska

Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, Gretna, Nebraska

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

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Pumpkin Hollow, Piggott, Arkansas

Pumpkin Hollow, Piggott, Arkansas

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, Washington

Craven Farm, Snohomish, Washington

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

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Cool Patch Pumpkins, Dixon, California

Cool Patch Pumpkins, Dixon, California

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

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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

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Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, Half Moon Bay, California

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, Half Moon Bay, California

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

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Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch, Middletown, Maryland

Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch, Middletown, Maryland

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

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Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia
Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

Cabot Trail is a scenic highway located around the rugged, northern coastline of Cape Breton Island. Locally referred to as "Trunk 30," it passes through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the Margaree River Valley and along Bras d'Or Lake. Highlights of the drive include the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck, whale watching in Pleasant Bay, quaint fishing villages such as Belle Cote and Dingwall, and the North Highlands Community Museum in Cape North. — Kwin Mosby, Managing Producer
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Maryland's Eastern Shore

Maryland's Eastern Shore

While the Delmarva Peninsula is a regular summer getaway for residents of the mid-Atlantic, I personally love it best in the fall. Filled with farmers markets, local festivals and regional parks, the area always has plenty to do this time of year. Entertain the whole family by picking pumpkins at a roadside stand, or get lost in the Breckenridge corn maze. For a more adult venture, tease your taste buds at the Good Beer Festival or Autumn Wine Festival on your way through Salisbury. Then, make the short drive down to Assateague Island to see the wild ponies gallop along pristine coastline. And of course, no fall trip to the Eastern Shore would be complete without one last crab feast along the Wicomico River. — Matt Dewhurst, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Minneapolis-St.Paul

Minneapolis-St.Paul

You haven't lived until you've seen the Twin Cities in the fall. Take a scenic leaf-peeping drive along Minnehaha Parkway in Minneapolis or Summit Avenue in St. Paul, or head down River Road to see the leaves on both sides of the Mississippi River. Go hiking and biking in nearby Fort Snelling State Park and Afton State Park. Sports venues are popular spots in the fall, too. Watch the season wind down for the Minnesota Twins at Target Field; catch a Minnesota Vikings or University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football game at TCF Bank Stadium; and cheer on runners in the annual Twin Cities Marathon. For shoppers looking for a new fall wardrobe, take advantage of the tax-free shopping on all apparel. — Kwin Mosby, Managing Producer 960 1280

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

The crowds on Cape Cod, like the summer heat, begin to fade in the fall. It's a great time to explore the cape and enjoy the crisp weather by the sea. I recommend checking out the sites by foot or bike and soaking in the weather on walks along the dunes. While the beach may not be the top priority to visit during the fall, you can enjoy everything from a Cranberry Harvest Celebration to the OysterFest to a Haunted History Tour. While you're there, check out the Wellfleet OysterFest, a 2-day, family-friendly festival that celebrates the oysters, clams and shell-fishing traditions that the town is famous for. — Kristen Kochanski, Photo Editor 960 1280

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Fontainebleau, France

Fontainebleau, France

This forested region south of Paris is a magical bouldering area that everyone should visit at least once. It has enough rock climbing to last a lifetime, and you can spend hours wandering through the forests playing on the amazing sandstone boulders. During this season, you can see the beauty of the fall foliage, which could rival the best locations in the US. I recommend starting each day at a local bakery to enjoy a pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant), and be sure to grab a baguette, some foie gras and a bottle of Bordeaux to snack on at the boulder fields. On rest days, visit the town of Fontainebleau or take the train into Paris for some sightseeing. — Arthur Hsu, Video Project Manager 960 1280

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

For me, the ideal vacation day ends with sore muscles, dirty hiking shoes and a warm drink while watching the sun set over an alpine lake. That's why my fall getaway is Jackson Hole, WY. Combine stunning vistas of the Tetons with exciting outdoor activities, take out the tourists, and you have a perfect place to forget that you have to be back at work the next week. — Josh Levin, Digital Operations Manager 960 1280

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Lewes, Delaware

Lewes, Delaware

This quaint coastal town quiets down a lot after Labor Day, making fall the perfect time to stroll the scenic trails and beaches at Cape Henlopen State Park without the crowds. Enjoy the cooler weather, a canal view and some seafood and pub fare with an outdoor table at Irish Eyes, followed by some window-shopping in the local boutiques downtown. My husband always likes to get in a round of golf at nearby Baywood Greens, after which we settle in for a few cocktails on the clubhouse deck overlooking the lush landscape of the 18th hole. If beer is more your style, take the 20-minute drive to Milton, DE, where you can tour the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and visit its tasting room. — Hannah Prince, Digital Copy Editor 960 1280

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New Orleans

New Orleans

Spend 1 weekend in New Orleans during the fall, and you will quickly understand why visiting the Big Easy in autumn is a must. This city keeps locals and visitors busy with countless of events from late September through November, including Oktoberfest, the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, the Louisiana Seafood Festival and the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience, a 3-day Halloween weekend concert series. New Orleans also hosts costume events, such as Boo at the Zoo at Audubon Zoo, and fun street events on Bourbon and St. Ann Streets in the heart of the French Quarter. — Rani Robinson, Director
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Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

Seems as though everyone knows someone who's moved to Austin these days, and Austin City Limits is the perfect excuse to crash at their place. The 2-weekend music festival inspired by the PBS concert series has become increasingly popular in its own right, featuring 100-plus impressive acts, an art market and some of the best Austin eats, with vegetarian and gluten-free options, of course. If you're looking to detox after 3 days of nonstop bands and BBQ, pick up a Green Light smoothie from JuiceLand before Zenning out in BFree Yoga's beautiful studio space. — Sara Gilliam, Senior Interactive Producer 960 1280

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New York

New York

My favorite time to visit New York is early autumn, when the air is crisp and you can spend all day outside without melting. People-watch at High Line Park, stroll along the Brooklyn Bridge, or take the East River Ferry to Brooklyn with spectacular views of Lower Manhattan and the wind in your hair. End the day at Frying Pan, a multilevel, historic floating bar at Chelsea Piers, for prime sunset viewing with a backdrop of the Hudson River.— Kathleen Rellihan, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Chicago

Chicago

It's understandable why it's called the Windy City, because once winter rolls around, Chicago turns cold, unpleasant (temperature-wise) and very — you guessed it — windy. But if you're lucky enough to book a flight for the fall, you're in for a real treat. Take in a Bears game at Chicago's famed Soldier Field, or join in the family fun picking pumpkins at nearby Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm, a 30-acre pumpkin patch where you can cut your favorite straight off the vine yourself. And if you happen to find yourself in town in mid- to late October, take in a few of the upcoming year's best new movies during the Chicago International Film Festival. — Ben Breslerman, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Henniker Covered Bridge, NH
Henniker Covered Bridge, N.H.

Henniker Covered Bridge, N.H.

In Henniker, NH, you’ll find this covered bridge on Bridge Street (Route 114). The secret to getting this shot? Go to the stone bridge outside the New England College campus, carefully climb down the big boulders and look under the bridge! 960 1280

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Old Dana Road, Massachusetts

Old Dana Road, Massachusetts

In central Massachusetts, the peak times for fall foliage are usually around mid-October. Around this time, you’ll find gorgeous fall foliage on the outskirts of the Quabbin Reservoir. I was staying at Hartman's Herb Farm Bed & Breakfast and was traveling down Old Dana Road when I captured the sun lighting up this maple tree. 960 1280

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Milan Hill State Park, N.H.

Milan Hill State Park, N.H.

Travel up Route 16 past Mount Washington and Pinkham Notch and you'll find yourself in Milan, NH. Look for signs for Milan Hill State Park and while the road to the top is a dirt one, the average car has no problem getting there. Once at the top of the road, climb to the fire tower, catch your breath and then pick up your jaw which will be hanging wide open because of the view. 960 1280

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Mount Chocorua, N.H.

Mount Chocorua, N.H.

As you drive along Route 16 through Tamworth, NH, south of Conway, plan to stop at Lake Chocorua early in the morning. This is the best spot to view the surrounding fall foliage and the mountain peeking above the morning fog bank on the lake. 960 1280

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Saint John’s Church, N.H.

Saint John’s Church, N.H.

The picturesque St. John's Church can be found on Route 2 between Lancaster and Gorham, N.H., on the corner of Black Velvet Road. There is also another small church nearby and a stone tower right near the road  -- perfect for photo ops. 960 1280

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Peabody, Massachusetts

Peabody, Massachusetts

Down in my neck of the woods near Salem, Massachusetts, we have a short scenic byway located between Salem and Peabody. The fall foliage usually peaks the second week in October around here. I always love to find fall foliage peaking close to home -- that way I can spend more time taking photos versus driving all day. 960 1280

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Jenne Farm, Reading, Vermont

Jenne Farm, Reading, Vermont

The Jenne Farm in Reading is one of my favorite classic fall foliage scenes in Vermont. Make sure you visit the large maple tree on the farm and put in a donation to help the owners keep the farm running. You can purchase Vermont-made maple syrup and other products on their front porch. 960 1280

Jeff Folger  

Birch Pond Saugus, Massachusetts

Birch Pond Saugus, Massachusetts

Between Lynn and Saugus, Massachusetts, lies the breathtaking Birch Pond. I'm standing on the edge of a busy road and I wonder if those going to and from work notice the beauty. 960 1280

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Back Roads, Vermont

Back Roads, Vermont

Traveling the back roads of Vermont is where the prettiest landscape scenery can be found. 960 1280

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Danby, Vermont

Danby, Vermont

This photograph was taken early to mid-October in the Green Mountains of Vermont. I drove down Route 7 to Danby looking for a particular farm and spotted these white horses grazing, not even noticing all the incredible fall colors running up the sides of the mountains. 960 1280

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Green Mountains, Vermont

Green Mountains, Vermont

My wife and I visited the foothills of Vermont's Green Mountains. We were on the eastern side in the late afternoon looking for long dirt roads lined with lots of mature maple trees. While we found that, I stumbled upon this small shed sitting in the field with views of the mountains in the distance. 960 1280

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Village Halloween Parade, New York City

Village Halloween Parade, New York City

In its 43rd year, the Village Halloween Parade in New York City is one of the biggest in the country. The mile-long event takes over Lower Manhattan every year. The parade showcases giant puppets, more than 50 bands, dancers and exotic costumes. Members of the public are welcome to march in the parade – as long as they’re wearing a costume, of course. 960 1280

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Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade, Atlanta

Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade, Atlanta

Go for the costumes, and stay for the food. The annual Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade features a local artisan market and several food vendors and trucks along the route, which starts at Austin and Euclid Avenues and ends at Freedom Parkway. Each October, more than 35,000 people flock to the artistic Atlanta neighborhood for the parade. 960 1280

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Northalsted Halloween Parade, Chicago

Northalsted Halloween Parade, Chicago

Start prepping your costume! Northalsted Halloween Parade, held in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood, receives more than 2,000 entries for its annual costume contest. On Oct. 31, Northalsted Halloween Parade will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. 960 1280

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Nyack Halloween Parade, Nyack, N.Y.

Nyack Halloween Parade, Nyack, N.Y.

About an hour north of New York City, the town of Nyack hosts the annual Nyack Halloween Parade where more than 20,000 people line Main Street each October for the festive family-friendly event. 960 1280

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Asbury Park Zombie Walk, Asbury Park, N.J.

Asbury Park Zombie Walk, Asbury Park, N.J.

If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, this celebration is for you. Since 2007, zombies of all ages and degrees of goriness have come to the shore city for the Asbury Zombie Walk. In 2013, the walk set a Guiness World Record for most zombies gathered in one place with more than 9,000 in attendance. The Zombie Pub Crawl of Minneapolis reclaimed the title in 2014 with more than 15,000 attendees. 960 1280

Erin Cadigan  

Portsmouth Halloween Parade, Portsmouth, N.H.

Portsmouth Halloween Parade, Portsmouth, N.H.

Rain or moonshine, the Portsmouth Halloween Parade has been marching on since 1995 in Portsmouth, N.H. Everyone is invited to this parade, and there’s no registration necessary.  960 1280

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Louisville Halloween Parade and Festival, Louisville, Ky.

Louisville Halloween Parade and Festival, Louisville, Ky.

If you’re looking to celebrate Halloween in Kentucky, head to the Louisville Halloween Parade and Festival. It’s a daylong event starting at noon with crafts and live entertainment, including pumpkin-carving demos and ghost tours, followed by the parade at 4 p.m. 960 1280

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Anaheim Halloween Parade, Anaheim, California

Anaheim Halloween Parade, Anaheim, California

Halloween enthusiasts have been marching in the Anaheim Halloween Parade since 1924. Baseball superstars Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson actually led the first parade. Today, artists and performers still showcase their creativity for thousands of spectators each year at this Southern California Halloween tradition. 960 1280

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Krewe of Boo, New Orleans

Krewe of Boo, New Orleans

Not only is New Orleans considered one of the most haunted cities in America, it’s also a city of celebration. Mardi Gras isn’t the only time to go to New Orleans. Krewe of Boo became the official Halloween Parade of New Orleans in 2007 and showcases creative floats and costumes in the parade that marches right through the French Quarter.  960 1280

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Fantasy Fest Parade, Key West, Florida

Fantasy Fest Parade, Key West, Florida

Part of Fantasy Fest, the 10-day Halloween celebration in Key West, Fla., the Fantasy Fest Parade traces Duval Street from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. Full of lavishly decorated floats, extravagant costumes and plenty of libations, this parade is geared toward adults – not kids. This year’s theme is Political Voodoo & Ballot Box Barbarians. 960 1280

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

A meandering 469 miles across North Carolina and Virginia, the Blue Ridge Parkway is an American favorite made even more spectacular by a breathtaking display of fall colors. It's home to Mother Nature's longest-lasting show of fall foliage, and with thousands of feet in elevation, there are no shortage of scenic overlooks. 960 1280

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Worried you'll miss the leaves? Mount Mitchell and Grandfather Mountain change color in early October while areas like Chimney Rock hold out until early November. 960 1280

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Michigan's Upper Peninsula Day Drive

Michigan's Upper Peninsula Day Drive

The Mitten's Gold Coast gets most of the attention when people talk about fall colors, but the somewhat untamed beauty of Michigan's Upper Peninsula shines in the fall as well. This short 5-hour loop leaving from Newberry, MI packs in everything you could want in a fall color tour… Trees, beers, and even bears. 960 1280

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Michigan's Upper Peninsula Day Drive

Michigan's Upper Peninsula Day Drive

Snap some pictures at the Crisp Point Lighthouse, Tahquamenon Falls State Park (pictured above) and Michigan's only historic cranberry bog, the Centennial Cranberry Farm. 960 1280

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Columbia River Highway

Columbia River Highway

America's oldest scenic highway traverses the cliffs of Oregon for 75 miles of some of the best views this grand old land has to offer. Constructed in the early 1900’s to give travellers up-front-and-personal access to Mother Nature in all of her glory, Columbia River Highway boasts the title of America's first scenic highway and dons its fall hues in mid-October, when its signature cottonwood, ash, and maple trees begin to turn. 960 1280

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Columbia River Highway

Columbia River Highway

Starting just east of Portland, the drive is also home to several waterfalls including Multnomah Falls and Horsetail Fall. 960 1280

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Mid Mitten State

Mid Mitten State

The middle of October is the best time to check out the leaves in the middle of Michigan! Grab some pumpkins and apples at a farm, snap a few perfect photos at a covered bridge (may we suggest Fallasburg Covered Bridge, Pioneer Village & School?) 960 1280

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Mid Mitten State

Mid Mitten State

Take a walk through one of the gorgeous parks along this route that loops around central Michigan -- seriously, it doesn't get more autumn-y than that! See our trip itinerary here. 960 1280

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Jacob's Ladder Scenic Byway

Jacob's Ladder Scenic Byway

Winding through the southern Berkshires in western Massachusetts, Jacob's Ladder Scenic Byway follows the rivers that brought Native Americans between the Connecticut and the Hudson River valleys. At just 35 miles, this foliage drive is perfect for slowing down and taking it all in. 960 1280

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Jacob's Ladder Scenic Byway

Jacob's Ladder Scenic Byway

Drive this stretch of New England, straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting before the cold sets in and witness the landscape’s change from summer's green to autumn's golds, reds, and scarlets. If you prefer some time outside the car, this route stretches alongside a chunk of the Appalachian Trail. 960 1280

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The Rugged and Wandering

The Rugged and Wandering

For the hardcore leaf peepers among us, there’s no better place to take your jeep to experience the changing foliage than Montana. Montana’s backcountry offers the ultimate scenes of America's rugged beauty. See the trip itinerary here. 960 1280

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The Rugged and Wandering

The Rugged and Wandering

Take the road less traveled on the Big Sky Backcountry Scenic Byway of Montana or cross the Continental Divide stopping at vistas on Going-to-the-Sun Road. 960 1280

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Wisconsin Fall Foliage and Frank Lloyd Wright

Wisconsin Fall Foliage and Frank Lloyd Wright

There's a region in Southwestern Wisconsin that the glaciers never touched, deemed the "Driftless region." Stop along the way in Spring Green, Wisconsin and grab a book and coffee before you tour Wright’s school, Taliesin. 960 1280

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Wisconsin Fall Foliage and Frank Lloyd Wright

Wisconsin Fall Foliage and Frank Lloyd Wright

Beyond the beautiful tree-lined roads found on scenic autumn drives, a drive from Madison, WI up to La Crosse, WI through the Driftless is chock full of fall harvest stands and believe it or not … Frank Lloyd Wright iconic architecture. 960 1280

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Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive

The Skyline Drive is a 105-mile National Scenic Byway that twists and winds through the over 200,000 pristine acres that makes up Shenandoah National Park. 960 1280

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Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive

Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, namely the park's Skyline Drive, is one of the nation's premier fall RV trips for people who want to see fall foliage. In addition to the stunning scenery, Shenandoah offers plenty of other outdoor activities as well. 960 1280

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