Autumn is the best season for whirlwind travelers and vacationers seeking adventure and relaxation. From the vacationers who wish to indulge in cooler climates and changing colors, to those who'd prefer warmer weather and timeless attractions, this is the time of year that provides something for everybody. Here are three amazing autumn destinations where the fall brings lower seasonal prices, fewer crowds, and serene atmospheres.
· Columbus, Ohio gives travelers and natives a reason to celebrate with their own spin on the harvest season. Festivals are abundant with corn mazes, pumpkin pickings, apple orchards, and farmers markets popping up everywhere. Vacationers are invited to stomp barrelfuls of whole grapes at the annual grape crush near Via Vecchi’s Winery.
For those who delight more in the spirit of October, Pigeon Roost Farm offers hayrides and apple-picking events for children and their families. It’s an event that lasts several days, ending with a pumpkin contest where it’s not unusual to see a 1,000 pound pumpkin honored with a blue ribbon.
For a closer Autumnal look at diverse foliage and native Ohioan wildlife, travelers are encouraged to bike, hike, or stroll through one of Columbus’s 17 parks and wildlife preserves. You’ll be greeted with an array of bright fall colors and acres of lush golden fields, complete with prairies covered in seasonal wildflowers.
· White Mountains, New Hampshire becomes a frequented vacation destination when fall rolls around. The 100-mile White Mountain Trail presents travelers with the vibrant hues of fall leaves from the beginning of September till around the third week in October.
Even after all the colors have fallen to leave the trees bare, visitors are encouraged to take a drive on the National Scenic Byway. Classic New England fall scenes are revealed around every bend of the curvy road. Historic covered bridges make an appearance through the tip-tops of granite mountain peaks and rushing cascades of crystal clear waterfalls. Parents can offer their children a colonial-era look from the top of New England’s highest mountain, or roll the windows down to enjoy a cooler breeze from 6,000 ft up.
· The Colorado Mountains, specifically the Rocky Mountains, is a view that only gets better with the appearance of autumn. Expansive valleys and prairies dot the mountains while snow caps the tip-top of most slopes. Hiking or driving through the Rocky Mountains in Colorado can provide travelers with a view of ancient trees, standing over 200 feet tall and branching out in a brilliant show of reds, oranges, and yellows. Winding paths lead adventurers to the inner most heart of the mountains while falling leaves create a colorful road of wonder; most commonly referred to as the outdoorsmen’s paradise.
Beginning around the end of August, campsites pop up on the 54 peaks of every mountain top in Colorado. Fishing, old-fashioned camping, hiking, biking, nature-walking, and rock-climbing are among the most popular events offered to travelers in the area. The perfect alpine backdrop of natural mountainous beauty and steep rocky slopes allows vacationers to feel like they’re truly “roughing it” in the great outdoors.
When a vacationer is considering any of these Autumnal destinations for seasonal travel, it’s important to remember your options are almost limitless. Each destination will have more than its fair share of harvest season entertainment for the whole family; while adventurers will have no problem conjuring up the perfect fall scene to explore.