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Michigan Must-See Places for Fall

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This is the last of my “Fall Road Trip” series, and this time we’re taking a trip through Michigan. People often think of the northeast for trips during autumn, but the midwest has lots of fun things to offer as well, and it’s definitely worth loading up your vehicle for a road trip in the coming month. Here are a few places you won’t want to miss!

• Hike on the North County Trail. This trail, which in its entirety goes through several states, passes through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Lower Peninsula through the Manistee National Forest, and various other parts of the state. You’ll be able to view all sorts of beautiful fall colors in the vast array of trees along this trail.

• Visit Pond Hill Farm. This is an idyllic setting for family-friendly fall activities. Every year they have a fall festival where you can do fun things like hayrides, pig races, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting, and pumpkin smashing. They have cider and donuts for perfect fall treats, and you can even pick your own pumpkin from their pumpkin patch. They have a café, winery, and brewery, too – something for everyone!

• Check out an Apple Fest. Charlevoix is a small town that’s perfect for visiting this fall. Their annual Apple Fest celebrates harvest season. You’ll want to check out their arts and crafts shows, shop at the farmers market, and let your kids explore the Castle Farms Train Area. They also have a petting zoo, face painting, and live music.

Road Tripping in Maine – Where to Go

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This post is another in my Fall Road Trips series. I hope you’re enjoying reading about these great activities available in different areas around the country, and that you’re inspired to hop in the car and take a road trip of your own.

When I think of traveling in the fall, Maine is the place that first comes to mind. The fall leaves are one of the things Maine is most known for, but there are many other fun family activities to do that make Maine a perfect road trip destination.

• See the waterfalls. Did you have any idea that Maine has over 100 waterfalls? I had no clue! Since Maine is a smaller state, nothing is too far apart, so you could easily take a road trip and visit many of the falls in one or two days.

• Camp on Hermit Island. Hermit Island is a family-oriented campground with rustic sites for tents and spots for pop-up trailers. The campsites include a fire pit, a picnic table, room for recreational equipment, and a parking space. There are walking trails and many other fun activities for families.

• Take cooking classes at Stonewall Kitchen’s Cooking School.Whether you do this with friends or your spouse, this would be a fun way to learn new recipes and techniques ahead of the holidays.

Hit the Road on a Fall Georgia Road Trip!

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I absolutely love road trips. First of all, they’re way cheaper than flying someplace, and second, you have all sorts of opportunities for great memories while you’re traveling down the road in a car with your loved ones.

If you’ve been reading my latest blog posts, you’ve seen some great ideas for road trips to take – and I’m continuing that today, this time in Georgia. Georgia is a beautiful state, but we’ve never been during autumn. It’s now on my list of must-do’s, though! Check out these fun things to do in Georgia this fall:

• Tallulah Gorge State Park. This nearly 3,000-acre park surrounds the Tallulah Gorge, which is a spectacular canyon two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. You’ll enjoy waterfalls, hiking trails, and beautiful vistas. There’s also a suspension bridge 80 feet above the bottom of the gorge that gives great views of the river.

• Savannah. This city has been one I’ve wanted to visit for years now. There are all sorts of boutiques and eateries I’d like to visit, but for those of you that embrace the spookiness of Halloween, you’ll love all the haunted tours available. Many believe that Savannah is full of ghosts and haunted history. There are walking tours, and you could stay inside a house or hotel that’s been reported as haunted. You can even do a Savannah Haunted Pub Crawl.

• Apple Picking in Ellijay. There are several orchards, and apple picking is a quintessential fall activity. Visit one with your family, take in the views of the orchards, snap some photos, and take some apples home for some delicious fall baking. Apple pie, anyone?

Fall Fun in Florida!

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At this time of year, with Halloween right around the corner and Thanksgiving right behind it, fall activities are on the brain. In Texas the weather can waver anywhere from 80 degrees down to the 30s, but there are still many days mixed in that do feel like autumn.

When it comes to Florida, though, it seems like it could be hard to find fall activities. After all, it feels like spring and summer year-round!

Don’t despair, Floridians – there lots of great options for activities to get in the autumn spirit – and I’m sharing a few here. Hop in the car this weekend and hit the road for some fall fun!

• Oktoberfest: Yup, you read that right – Oktoberfest in Florida! The German-American Social Club hosts this event each year in Cape Coral. There are performances, dancing, and of course lots of music. You’ll find delicacies like sausage, potato pancakes, and schnitzel, and of course lots of brews to go along with the goodies.

• Southern Fresh Farms Fall Festival: This farm is located in Fort Meyers, and features a petting zoo, a playground, a market, and even guided tours. They also have food trucks every Friday night and usually have live entertainment on Fridays, too.

• Sandsculpting Championship & Beach Festival: This is also in Fort Meyers, and is a little more in line with what type of fall event you might expect in Florida! World-class sand sculptors compete in several contests; there are also other types of competitions, demonstrations, and lessons. Kids will love the bounce houses and slides, and families can shop at more than 50 vendors that participate in this event.

Perfect Fall Road Trip – Fall Foliage in Connecticut

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I live down in Texas, and while there are definitely lots of beautiful things to see in nature, I’ve always wanted to travel up to the northeast in the fall to see the foliage.

If you’re lucky enough to live up in the area, Connecticut has awesome options for seeing the beautiful colors of autumn trees, or doing fun activities with your family. I’m sharing here three perfect options in Connecticut for fall road trips. The great thing about this state is that it is just 110 miles long and 70 miles wide, so nothing is too far away! Just hop in the car, hit the road, and have an idyllic autumn getaway.

• Simsbury – home to Talcott Mountain State Park, where you’ll want to be sure and visit the Heublein Tower – a 165-foot tower that offers sweeping views of the Farmington River Valley. 

• The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat. This tour takes you on a 2.5-hour, 12-mile journey through the Connecticut River Valley through beautiful scenic views of the trees in the area.

• Storrs – the Adventure Park will let you see nature from a whole new perspective as you soar through the trees on their zip line course. They also have an adventure playground for younger kids, so there’s something for the whole family here.