The weather is cooler, the leaves are changing, and travel is getting easier. Here are some great ideas to spark your fall travel destination. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to enjoy autumn and all it has to offer. So, pack the family, take off work, and enjoy nature this year.

Fall Foliage

Check out the closest areas near you that have the changing seasons and beautiful fall leaves. This map will give you not only geographic areas close by, but the amount of color change to expect. A simple car trip will set you off on the most beautiful nature adventure. Northern climates are more likely to experience fall foliage earlier than other locations. Some spots, such as deserts, will never have fall leaves. Plan a route that captures picture perfect landscapes and multiple colors. Don’t forget to take a ton of photos to remember your trip throughout the year.

Pumpkin Patches

Halloween is two months away, but why not make a weekend trip to your local pumpkin patch now. Besides picking out the perfect Jack-o-lantern, there are a ton of activities for the kids. Corn mazes, cornhole, and farm animals are plentiful at your local farm. Check out local farm stands and orchards for seasonal festivals and kid-friendly events held once a year. Socializing is getting easier, so get out there and have some fun!

Petting Zoos

Finally, think about how much fun you had as a kid at the zoo. Research petting zoos or animal sanctuaries in your area that welcome visitors. Enjoying animals is known stress reliever and a bunch of fun for kids too. Feeding schedules and the degree of interaction varies with each location. Keep expectations in check.  Review hours of operation, mask requirements and feeding schedules for the local zoo. It’s a lot of fun to see animals up close and even better to feed and pet them yourself.

Let me know what your fall travel plans are as we enter the best time of year. Happy Fall Travel Everyone!

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