Family Travel Destinations: Adventures in Leaf Peeping

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Pack up the family and head out for some of the most breathtaking fall-time scenic drives the United States has to offer. This guide will take you from the apple orchards in Massachusetts to the flame colored vine maples in Washington. Or you can chart your own course using the on-line resources listed in this guide to sample some of fall's finery.

Eastern Escape.

From mid-September through mid-October apple orchards and crayon colored leaves make central Massachusetts a dazzling place to visit.

Beginning your drive in Weston, which is just off Interstate 95, you will follow Rt.117 west to Stow. Next take Rt. 62 to Princeton. Follow the sign marked Wachusett Mountain Reservation. Once you are there, you can hike along 17 miles of hiking and biking trails to see some breathtaking views.

The Wachusett Mountain Apple Festival takes place October 23 and 24 which offers a spectacular farmer's market, live bands and family activities. For additional information call 978-464-2300.

Southern Belle.

From late-September through mid-October the Blue Ridge Parkway is a classic scenic drive for color enthusiasts when the sourwood, dogwood, and black gum trees turn deep red in color, the tulip trees turn a brilliant yellow color and sassafras trees turn vivid colors of orange.

The parkway leads you from the Shenandoah National Park to Virginia and on up to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. Exit the Parkway about 35 miles northeast of Asheville at State Highway 128 for some breathtaking scenery at Mount Mitchell State Park. Call 1-888-247-9811 for further information.

Northern Exposure.

The forty-seven mile scenic drive of the Wilderness Byway in Minnesota runs from Grand Rapids through the winding roads of the Chippewa National Forest. From late-September through mid-October golden aspens, red sugar maples, and bronze oaks flank blue lakes and provide a spectacular spectrum of color.

Be sure to put the Forest History Center on your list of places to visit which offers a 1900's logging camp and a fire tower little ones can climb on. For additional information call 218-327-4482.

Westward Exploration.

Washington is known as the Evergreen State but also known to many for its yellow western larches and flame colored vine maples. From late-September through mid-October it is one of the few conifers in the world which changes color in Autumn.

You can best find them driving along the scenic Stevens Pass which follows US 2 from Gold Bar to the town of Leavenworth.

Each year the town of Leavenworth is host to the Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival which usually runs from the end of September through the second weekend in October. The event features a parade and a number of bands. Call 509-548-5807 for further details.

Chart Your Own Course Using These On-Line Resources.

Call the US Forest Service at 1-800-354-4595 for a fall color update.

For some of the best leaf peeping trip planning web-sites go to:
www.leafpeepers.com
www.weather.com
www.newengland.com
www.byways.org
www.mapquest.com

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Sep 2010 (#)

Welcome to Wikinut, Luv2rite. Great write. It has inspired me to an article on photographing fall foliage.

Keep up the nice work.

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author avatar group2be
15th Sep 2010 (#)

Wonderful! You have quite a presence here on Wikinut. You sure have a wonderful gift with writing and. I feel most honored having you comment on my work and greatly appreciate your time in doing so.I look forward to reading and commenting on your masterpieces. Sincerely, Kimberly

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author avatar James R. Coffey
15th Sep 2010 (#)

Nice job! I'd never want to labeled a "peeper," but I do enjoy a good view!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Sep 2010 (#)

I'll second that one James...about never wanting to be labeled a "Peeper" :-))

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author avatar bryeunade
17th Sep 2010 (#)

Beautiful work. Love the scenery.

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author avatar cehl
18th Sep 2010 (#)

Nice article. The views are beautiful and refreshing to the eyes.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
6th Jun 2011 (#)

Very nice article - takes me back to my childhood in Western Massachusetts. Thanks for a great share, Diamond.

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