5 Ideas for Seeing Fall Colors

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By AAA Travel Editor Sherry Mims
September 26, 2018
Amazing autumn colors draw admirers, or leaf peepers, from all around, making this a perfect time to plan a trip with a AAA Travel Agent. In addition to the storied New England fall foliage, be sure to check out the fall leaves and autumn activities across the United States and Canada, which are plentiful enough to please any enthusiast.
Quebec, Canada
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Cruises
Fall color cruises on the East Coast have never been easier to book. Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean are a few of the lines offering sailings to Canada and New England in fall (and also spring and summer). Depending on the itineraries, members will receive special AAA Vacations® amenities such as priority check-in on day of departure, onboard spending credit, complimentary specialty dining or a beverage credit when they book with AAA Travel. Embark or disembark in Boston; Montréal; Québec City; New York; and Cape Liberty, N.J.
Seeing fall foliage is one of the best things to do in West Virginia.
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Drives
Road trips are the ultimate customizable vacation, especially if you first consult a foliage map to learn when and where the prettiest fall leaves can be found. Don’t forget to check out AAA Drive Trips® itineraries to inspire your adventures in leaf peeping and agritourism (aka corn mazes, pumpkin competitions and other agricultural-adjacent activities). Ohio’s Scenic Route 800 is a good place to start (and find pumpkins). Other AAA Drive Trips itineraries include Eastern Connecticut’s Route 6 Scenic Drive, Mount Mansfield Scenic Auto Toll Road, New Hampshire’s Scenic Route 123 and West Virginia Mountains (I-64 and US 219).
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Eats
There are more than 31,000 AAA Inspected & Approved restaurants to choose from, so why not pick one with a fantastic view? AAA Inspector 511 recommends taking a trip to Winona, Minn., and dining at AAA Three Diamond Signatures Restaurant, which offers a patio and picturesque views of the town’s limestone bluffs and The Bridges 18-hole golf course. The menu is seasonal and features locally sourced ingredients. “Things to look forward to on our new Signatures Restaurant autumn menu include butternut squash, cedar plank salmon and house-made cinnamon roll cheesecake,” says Executive Chef Jeremy Beck.
Park City, Utah, Fall Colors, Mountains, Landscape
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Rails
Riding a train—with nothing to do but enjoy the journey itself—seems romantic in these fast-paced times, making this one of the top things for couples to do in fall. Some popular regional offerings include Cass Scenic Railroad in Cass, W.V.; the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in Independence, Ohio; the Mount Hood Railroad in Hood River, Ore.; and both the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in Antonito, Colo., and Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in Chama, N.M., that traverse the New Mexico-Colorado border. (Remember to reserve in advance, as fares might be limited.)
3 Diamond Resort Hotel, view of the forested mountains
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Stays
AAA reviews more than 27,000 lodgings, ranging from bed-and-breakfasts to all-inclusive resorts, so pick a favorite and go. AAA Inspector 10 favors the AAA Three Diamond Trapp Family Lodge, a 2,500-acre resort started by the von Trapps—yes, the singing family who inspired “The Sound of Music.” Located in Stowe, Vt., this AAA Inspector Pick offers plenty of fun things to do, such as fall events, and boasts a colorful atmosphere. According to Inspector 10, “Visiting this resort makes me feel like I’m in the Austrian Alps with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.”
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