From the changing colors to pumpkin spice lattes, we’re adoring fall and want to make sure you don’t miss out on the best parts while on the road. While we’ve mentioned glamping and festivals, there are much simpler pleasures to get in the spirit. Here are a few amazing autumn stops around the country to celebrate the season before the dreaded cold.
- Seasonal Tastings
We know you have the lattes taken care of, because they’re running out, so get back to the classics at cider mills or apple orchards. View cider pressing demonstrations at the New Jersey Cider Mill, pick apples at Eplegaarden in Wisconsin, or taste fresh apple pies, donuts and fritters at Hillcrest Orchards in Georgia. These make for great tours, always have fall events and are ideal for family outings.
- Corn Mazes
Whether you want to admit it or not, these are fun at any age, and a refreshing break from hours in the car. Look for Oakes Farm in Tennessee with an intricate maze newly designed each year and a ton of attractions on site, a 20-acre scavenger hunt corn maze at Mitchellville in Iowa, or a corn cannon and crib at Shuck’s Corn Maze near Kansas City.
- Color Tours
While the one thing you can do from the car is watch the changing leaves, a guide can lead to magnificent views and stunning photo opps. If you’re passing through the Northeast check out tours from Viator in Boston, Back Road Discovery in Vermont, or Take-It-Outside in Maine. You can download foliage maps on most tourism websites and take a self-guided tour at your own leisure as well.
- Themed Pampering
Why not? You need to work out the stiffness from all that driving and you might as well relax appropriately. Plus, this is the season to celebrate spice and aroma, where better than at the spa? Try a fall body treatment with oatmeal pumpkin scrub and orange spice lotion at the Inn at Bay Harbor Spa in Michigan, spiced apple exfoliation at the Hotel Hershey Spa in Pennsylvania, or pumpkin spice body polish at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in California.
- Pumpkin Festvals
Not to state the obvious, but seriously, have you been to one? We’ve all mosied through pumpkin patches, carved at home or parties, and trick-or-treated, but this is the ultimate way to celebrate that beloved gourd. You can find pretty impressive gatherings at New Hampshire’s Keene Festival, Ohio’s Circleville Pumpkin Show, Texas’ Pumpkin Village and events in Dallas, or the famed Punkin Chunkin World Championship in Delaware.
Tell us about your favorite fall festivities here or in Best of the Road reviews!