Catch the fall color.
Fall provides families the opportunity to enjoy the colors of the season and the bounty of the harvest. Here are five ways to experience autumn's splendor:
1. Crested Butte to Aspen hike; Colorado. This trek, from one mountain town to another, offers stunning vistas and the chance to see the famous aspen groves in all their glory. The 12-mile trail takes adventurers over the Maroon Bells pass at 12,500 feet; thus, family members should be fit and prepared. A package created by Crested Butte's Nordic Inn and the Limelight in Aspen simplifies logistics for travelers. It offers a comfortable night's sleep at both locations, breakfast and assistance in transport to and from the trailheads. You also will have use of a SPOT satellite-assisted device that will track your progress, enabling an easy pickup at the end of the hike (and SOS capability in the off chance things go awry). Contact: nordicinncb.com; limelighthotel.com
2. Davis Family Farm Adventures; Sterling, Mass. Make a plan to visit this "colossal corn-undrum," where kids and their parents will enjoy working their way through seven levels of "mazing." The farm's 8-acre Mega Maze offers 3 miles of puzzling pathways. Kids can increase the challenge by taking obstacle courses, brain teasers and slingshot challenges along the way. Flashlight Mazing enables visitors to experience the adventure with a fun twist. Younger children may opt for apple picking and a stroll through the pumpkin patch. Contact: 978-422-6666; davisfarmland.com
3. Conway Scenic Railroad; North Conway, N.H. Catch the color from aboard a Notch Train. For nearly five hours, you'll revel in rich history while traveling past cascading streams, dramatic ravines, mountains bursting with flaming colors and through Crawford Notch. The Valley train tours are shorter yet offer the thrill of vintage passenger travel on a steam locomotive through stunning countryside. Children younger than 4 and "well-behaved dogs" ride free on the Valley trains. Contact: 800-232-5251; conwayscenic.com
4. Suzanne's Fruit Farm; Hampton, Ark. Join the Reddin family for barn slides, duck races, cow milking, mazes and tractor rides. Pick berries, plums and peaches on the 155-acre spread before selecting your favorite pumpkin. Learn about the harvest and sample the riches that have made this farm a popular family experience for more than 35 years. Contact: 870-798-4975; suzannesfruitfarm.com
5. Flaming Foliage Festival; Clinton County, Pa. Listen for bugle calls from the local elk herd as you enjoy a scenic drive through Bucktail State Park, the mountains of Emporium and the changing colors along the west branch of the Susquehanna River. In the town of Renovo, the fall festival, which will be held Oct. 11-13, offers arts and crafts, a parade, harvest-inspired food and fun for family members of all ages. Contact: 570-923-2411; clintoncountyinfo.com.
- Dallas Morning News
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