Exciting Destinations for Autumn Family Travel  

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Depending on where you live in the United States, fall is a great time to travel and enjoy the natural beauty other locations have to offer. Are you planning a trip to see fall foliage? Take the time to enjoy these cities covered in majestic gold, red and orange fall hues. Not only are the locations beautiful but offer new and exciting excursions your family is sure to love.  

  1. Asheville, North Carolina www.exploreasheville.com 

Settled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville has one of the longest fall foliage seasons in the world. Not only are the fall hues breathtaking, but Asheville offers plenty family fun. Take time to visit The Biltmore, local restaurants, breweries, natural waterslides, hiking, zip lines and the list goes on.  This city is alive with activities to get you and your family out and enjoying the great outdoors.  

2. The Great Smoky Mountains www.mysmokymountainpark.com 

The Great Smoky Mountains are a popular destination to see fall foliage. There are a variety of mountain ranges that peak over 6,000 feet and offer a wide range of tree species.  Cades Cove and Newfound Gap offer the best drives with views of natural streams and waterfalls. There are other attractions such as Dolly Parton’s Dollywood (Tennessee side), Ripley’s Believe It or Not Aquarium (Gatlinbury) and the Ober Aerial Tramway (Gatlinbury).  

3. The Adirondacks, New York www.visitairondacks.com 

October is a wonderful month to visit the Adirondacks with harvest festivals, apple picking in the lower altitudes and hiking amongst the beautiful fall foliage. With over six million acres of beautiful forest and a wide variety of trees that produce majestic fall hues, it’s a great place for your family to enjoy. There are 13 scenic byways for travelers to enjoy. If you have time this fall this is truly a place you don’t want to miss.   

4. Napa Valley, California www.visitnapavalley.com 

             Many people think of Napa Valley being famous for outstanding wine and vineyards.  

The trees in the hills will have dazzling color changes but right in the vineyards you will witness beautiful gold, orange and crimson hues. There are a variety of hotels and bed and breakfast for a romantic stay or friend getaway. My favorite is the Meritage Resort and Spa is one of my personal favorite. The best way to see the foliage would be on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Combine your love of great wine and food with fall flair this season.  

5. Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, New Mexico www.newmexico.org 

Most people don’t think about New Mexico as a location for fall foliage however there are some unique foliage that you don’t want to miss. Checkout the purple cinquefoil and golden cottonwood trees can be found in the northern part of the state.  

The most popular route begins in Taos, New Mexico and ends in Eagles Nest. This route will give you the best view of the mountains.  

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