Harvest Season and Leaves
One of my family’s favorite places to visit in the fall for the foliage is Aspen, Colorado. We prefer to take off in the middle of the week, find the scenic roads that are lesser known, and drive around in awe of the beauty. The changing leaves make for beautiful photography as well.
If you visit Aspen in the fall, go up to Aspen Mountain via the Silver Queen Gondola for one of the best views in the world. There, you will find the Sundeck restaurant where you can grab a bite. They also offer a Disc Golf course where you can play a round while enjoying the views from up to 12,000 feet.
While in the area, Maroon Bells also offers a great place to explore the autumn colors. There, you have the option of taking a bus to see the sights. To get the most from your trip, take the bus during the week, along with a blanket and picnic. Don’t forget your camera! There are many wonderful photo ops available at Maroon Bells.
If you enjoy biking, you will find many small waterfalls and beautiful fall trees on the Roaring Fork River along the Rio Grande Trail. While biking, be sure to visit the Woody Creek Tavern. There, you will find a top-rated waterhole where you can enjoy some delicious Mexican food. You will also find the Aspen Center for Environmental Science nearby, a great place to add to your learning.
Regardless of where you live, if you want to stay closer to home, most small towns offer apple and/or pumpkin festivals for families to enjoy. In my area, there are several u-pick orchards and pumpkin patches. Most of these places will provide a hayride and other activities as well. In my opinion, some of the best trips in the fall are to local places. You get to support your local economy and have lots of fun.