Top leaf-peeping destinations
It’s officially fall! Picture-perfect red, orange, gold, yellow, maroon and purple sweep across the forest hills. Abundant sunshine, crisp fresh air, and seasonal bounty await. We have all the details, so choose a destination, pack a picnic and get ready to embark on a fall excursion. Or plan your own adventure using our free Road Trip Planner.
Blueridge Parkway, Virginia
Kancamagus Scenic Byway, New Hampshire
Mohawk Trail, Massachusetts
San Juan Skyway, Colorado
Vermont 100, Vermont
Texas Hills, Texas
For those who live within view of Mount Rainier, it is a most spectacular sight — when it’s visible. Much of the year it’s elusive — 14,411 feet somehow managing to hide completely, or offering just a glimpse of the top or bottom, the rest draped in clouds. But when it emerges completely, you are spellbound, its majesty beckons.
A visit to Mt Rainier can be fabulous day trip or longer if you can. There are 5 developed areas including two main summit areas — Paradise and Sunrise. The mountain is easily accessible by vehicle and incredible views can be had with no hiking at all. But if you can, stroll as far as you are able — getting closer and closer. Fresh air, dazzling wildflowers, skittering chipmunks, pikas and marmots, and each switchback revealing scenery that restores the soul.
Along with nature’s bedazzling colors enjoy various festivals that celebrate the harvest bounty — here are some of our favorite fall fairs:
October 1-4 2014 — New Holland, Pennsylvania
New Holland Farmers Fair
The Lancaster County Fair has delighted fair-goers since 1927. With an agricultural focus, enjoy 4-H club exhibits, livestock shows, fruit and vegetable growing contests, 3 parades (one is for pets!), carnival rides, the Fireman’s Tug-of-War and of course delicious fair food.
Located in the streets of central New Holland (100 blocks of East and West Main Street)
October 11-12 and October 18-19 — Ellijay, Georgia
2014 Apple Festival
Celebrate the apple harvest with 300 art and craft vendors, a parade, classic car show, live music, lots of food and fun for all ages. While in the area, observe the incredible display of autumn colors on a scenic drive to visit the local orchards. Many feature “Pick Your Own” apples and home-baked apple treats.
Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds
1729 South Main Street
Ellijay, Georgia 30540
October 16 - 26 — Pensacola, Florida
80th Pensacola Interstate Fair
This is one of the biggies, featuring top name music concerts which are free with fair admission. Enjoy rides, games, car show, crafts, art. Peruse the gems and minerals show, antiques, and 4-H exhibits. Don’t miss the AG-tivity Center which explores agriculture and our food sources with hands-on activities such as learning how to make butter and germinating seeds.
6655 W. Mobile Hwy
Pensacola, FL 32526
October 25, 2014 — Lexington, North Carolina
31st Barbecue Festival
Cooked long and slow, savor legendary pork barbecue at the famed Annual Barbecue Festival in historic Uptown Lexington. This community event features over four hundred exhibitors, six entertainment stages, an antique car show, rides, “Festival Chop Shop”— a lumberjack sports show and much more! Admission is free.
October 3-4, October 10-11 and October 17-18 — Leavenworth, Washington
No October is compete without an Oktoberfest. Nestled in mountains, the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth hosts an impressive party. Enjoy oompah and polka music, beer tasting, German food, arts and crafts vendors and more. Kids will love the Kinderplatz, with rock climbing wall, and bouncy houses.