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Weekend Getaway - Enjoy the Fall Colors

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By Dillon Wallace

Football is on TV again, basketball is around the corner and the best string of holidays are fast approaching. That’s right, the crisp chill of fall is upon us and with it comes some of the year’s most beautiful weather and colors.

So where should you go this fall to get the most out of that autumn feeling? Let’s explore.

Smoky Mountains or a national park

The best way to see nature’s changing season, is to experience all the sights and sounds, firsthand. And there aren’t many better places to do so than the Smoky Mountains. Full of shades of green, red and orange, you’re in for quite a treat from Mother Nature.


Aspen, Colorado

Beautiful ski town in one of the nation’s most luxurious mountain ranges? Yeah, that sounds like the perfect recipe for fall. Sure, it may be a bit early for ski season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an invigorating hike and the breathtaking scenery along the way.


Camping trip

Summer may seem like the best time to go camping, but the truth is, the weather isn’t always the most ideal. If you’re in the Midwest or south, an overnight camping expedition can be a sweaty, sleepless affair. But in the fall, when the weather is just cool enough to make the campfire feel just right, nothing beats that. Throw in some good company and a few drinks and you’ve got all you need. 


Best places to camp in the fall:

  • Acadia National Park, Maine
  • White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire
  • Big Bend National Park, Texas
  • Glacier National Park, Montana
  • Arches National Park, Utah

College football game

What? Not all places have to be travel destinations. Sometimes the best fall itinerary involves putting on your team’s colors and cheering on the home team! And if you don’t have a college that’s conveniently accessible, then head to the local high school for some pigskin action.


Cider mill/pumpkin patch

There’s no better family friendly way to get into the fall spirit than to take a trip down to the pumpkin path or cider mill for corn mazes, delicious food and drink and entertainment galore for the kiddos. While they’re busy with hayrides and potato sack races, you can enjoy a nice hard cider. Maybe two.


The drive-in

During the summertime, the drive-in can be a cooker. It’s hot, the sun stays up wayyy too long and the blockbuster movies are usually letdowns. But a trip to the drive-in in the fall brings cozy blanket weather and a double feature of scary movies. Throw in some popcorn and the bed of a truck or hatchback and you’re ready for back-to-back fright fests.


With so many places to go and things to do in the fall, it’s easy to see why autumn is such an easy time of the year to fall (poor pun intended) in love with. And while you’re making new memories this fall, don’t forget to digitize your old fall memories. Those old hayrides, pumpkin patch outings and little league football games are treasures to share with generations to come. Don’t let them fall away … sorry, had to squeeze one more pun in there. Digitize them today!

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