From admiring fall foliage to braving haunted houses, some of us live our best lives when the leaves change and cooler temps prevail.*sips apple cider* *rearranges decorative pumpkins for the 100th time*
But if traditional fall activities aren’t your thing, but, say, getting outdoors, eating (and drinking) locally, and learning about history are—not to worry. I’ve rounded up 10 destinations in the U.S. where fall activities reign, whether you enjoy them from the apple treetops or the vineyard patio.
Where to go for fall foliage (or getting outdoors)
Asheville, North Carolina
If a foliage-filledcity breakis what you’re after, Asheville is the place to go. The city is known for its great restaurants, wineries, and thriving brewery scene.
You can alsoplan a day hiketo experience the fall colors and cap it off with ascenic picnic.
Finger Lakes, New York
Grab your canoe and witness the leaves changing from one of the 11 lakes in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Prefer patios over paddling? Visit one of the area’s100+ wineriesinstead.
North Cascades National Park, Washington
Mountains, glaciers, and lakes. Oh my! Just three hours outside Seattle,North Cascades National Parkis an ideal place for hiking, fishing, camping, and of course, leaf peeping.
Tip:Check out thisfall foliage prediction map计划一个leaf-peeping trip during your destination’s peak week for fall colors.
Where to go for apple picking (or sipping local cider)
… more specifically,Cider Hill Farm—an idyllic destination for everyone who loves all things fall. What’s on offer? Apple picking, of course, but there’s also a farm store and open air fall market, a hard cider bar, pumpkins, hayrides, food trucks, and more.
You canbook ticketsto pick your own apples 72 hours in advance. Not sure of your weekend plans? The farm also welcomes walk-ins.
New Hope, Pennsylvania
Located in scenic Bucks County, the town ofNew Hopehas lots to offer by way of fall family fun, including strolling historic Main Street, taking a ghost tour, or exploringBowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve.
At beautifulSolebury Orchards, you can pick your own apples (reservations required) or visit the farm market for other locally grown fruit and products, including their own apple sauce and apple cider.
Home to over 50 family farms—and a community known asApple Hill—Placerville is California’s apple-picking paradise. Plus, there’s loads of other fall and family-friendly fun in store. From pumpkin patches to wineries, bake shops to kids’ activities, there’s something for everyone in Apple Hill.
Nestled in what’s known as Michigan’s Fruit Belt, Fennville is home to myriad orchards, vineyards, farms, and more. Head to this corner of the Mitten State to get your fall fix at places likeCrane OrchardsandGold Coast Farms.
More interested in drinking your apples? I feel you. Head toVirtue Ciderto sample their range of ciders made with 100% local apples. Visit the taproom for a tasting, orbook your own greenhouseto enjoy your cider flight and bites in a cozy atmosphere.
Where to go for Halloween (or spooky history)
New Orleans, Louisiana
If you love parades, New Orleans should be high on your fall destinations list. Enter: theKrewe of BOO! Halloween Parade. This annual Halloween parade features floats, marching bands, dance troupes, and walking krewes—all marching through NOLA’s famed French Quarter.
This year, the parade takes place Saturday, October 23rd.
Planning to take the post-parade party indoors? Remember your health passport, as New Orleans now requiresproof of vaccinationor a negative COVID test for entry to bars, restaurants, and other indoor venues.
Read more:City Break: New Orleans
Savannah is one of America’s spookiest cities thanks to its historic cemeteries, reported ghost sightings, and famed voodoo-practicing residents.
Take aghost tour—via trolley, hearse, or on foot (there’s even a haunted pub crawl option!)—to learn about the city’s spooky past and access some of its most haunted locations.
Hudson Valley, New York
New York’s Hudson Valley is ripe with fall activities that range from festive to downright frightening.
On the festive end, opt for a jaunt through Van Cortlandt Manor when it’s dressed up forThe Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. That is, covered in thousands of hand-carved jack o’lantern displays—from dragons to the Statue of Liberty. Advanced reservations are required, sobook your timed entrynow.
As for frightening? You’ve heard ofThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow, right? You can visit the real village of Sleepy Hollow. Or, head to nearby Tarrytown whereSleepy Hollowauthor Washington Irving lived. His historic home will be decorated for the season. Spooky SZN, that is.
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