Guest Post: America’s Top 3 Autumnal Attractions

 

America is a year-round destination, but there are some destinations that come into their own come the autumn months. Car hire in America is inexpensive and easily arranged, so there’s no excuse for not getting out and about this fall to discover some of the country’s top autumnal attractions. Here are three of the best.

Autumn in New England is legendary, and for good reason. The autumn foliage in this East Coast region is absolutely spectacular, with fiery reds, golds and yellows forming a vast and glorious expanse. Fall brings with it softer, milder weather and there is a crisp, fresh feel to the air. Throw in some deep blue skies and the scene is set for a beautiful trip. Whether you want to drive, hike or bike, there are miles of roads and trails to explore throughout the region. When you choose to come depends on where you want to go, or vice versa. Though times can vary, as a general rule the leaves start to change colour in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire (the more northerly states) from around mid-September and are at their best around mid-October, while in Massachusetts and Rhode Island (the more southerly states) everything is a little later. Suggested routes include the State Route 169 in Connecticut, taking in America’s oldest steam-powered cider mill and the Connecticut Wine Trail in the process. In Maine you could visit the Maine Maritime Museum and hike in Acadia National Park. In New Hampshire, the summit of Mount Washington can be reached either by road or the Cog Railway. So while the fall foliage is the main draw, there are many other attractions in the region to explore.

 

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New England in Autumn, courtesy of the Telegraph

 

Over in Pennsylvania, the National Apple Harvest Festival ensures colour of a different kind. This extravaganza of all things apple-related is held over two October weekends in the normally sleepy boroughs of Arendtsville and Biglerville. Expect mounds of locally grown apples as well as all kinds of cider, delicious pies and exquisite sauces. There are games aplenty, including traditional apple bobbing, hay rides and pie eating contests, while demonstrations and workshops include chainsaw carving and kids’ crafts. Watch some Native American dancing or puppetry, sample some sweet toffee apples or visit the face-painting tent. Live music and entertainment, together with food stands and hundreds of arts and crafts sellers; make it a festival for the whole family. The festival can be combined with other attractions in the area, such as the Gettysburg National Military Park; horse-riding tours of the battlefield can be arranged.

In the south-west, meanwhile, the skies will be filled with colour as Albuquerque hosts the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Over 600 hot air balloons will take to the skies as they launch in groups from over 70 acres of fields. Other events in the week-long festival include chainsaw carving, car shows, fireworks and flying competitions. It’s a great time to visit New Mexico as the state celebrates its 100th birthday with various centennial events. Autumn is also chilli roasting, raspberry picking and cider-pressing time. The Day of the Dead is celebrated with the Albuquerque Marigold Parade, where marigold-covered altars are decorated with skulls and other symbolic artworks. Complete with music, dancing, food stalls and handicrafts, the festival kicks off soon afterwards – while the reason for the festival may be sombre the party is anything but.

 

Author Bio:  Nicholas Arthur is a travel blogger with a particular interest in nature, parks and outdoor activities. He has been travelling around the states for the past 6 months.

 

 

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