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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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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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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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