Autumn Adventures

Great Picks for Fun in the Fall

When the sweltering heat of summer gives way to shorter days and cool breezes, autumn can't be far around the corner. For many outdoor enthusiasts, this is the best time of year—wildlife bustles in preparation for winter, trees explode with beautiful colors, fallen leaves blanket trails with rich, vibrant hues, and cooler temperatures make strenuous activities much more enjoyable.

From the flashy yellows of Rocky Mountain aspens to the vibrant reds of New England maples, many regions of the United States offer a distinct fall show. What follows are some favorite autumn adventures in stunning locales, ranging from Colorado to Maine and places in between. The arboreal highlights and peak leaf-peeping periods differ from region to region, so we've provided a general time frame for optimal outings. Be sure to check with local resources for specific information about this year's conditions. And though we showcase each region with a particular activity, this shouldn't limit your ability to appreciate autumn splendor. Whether you hike, bike, paddle, or drive, the crucial element is getting outside. Guaranteed, once you've done that Mother Nature will reward you for your efforts.

Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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