Adventure Travel: 5 Great Fall Getaways

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As the leaves start to turn and the crisp air makes its way across the county, many people start battening down the hatches and preparing for winter. However, some of the most beautiful places to see peak during the fall. If you’re not quite ready to give up your summer vacation just yet, prepare for your next adventure travel with these great fall getaways. From relaxing trips through the foliage to more daring feats, these trips are perfect for making the most of the fall season.

Adventure Travel: Bald Head Island, NC

This island off the coast of southern North Carolina is just a short drive south of the port town of Wilmington. During the summer, the bustling island is filled with tourists and families, but in the fall the island slows down to a leisurely crawl. With no cars allowed on the island, you’ll get the enjoyment of navigating the forest paths and narrow trails by golf cart or bike. For those seeking adventure travel, the paddle boarding, kayaking, and surf lessons make for a great escape into the warm Carolina waters.

Adventure Travel: Upper Peninsula, MI

Unlike the lower part of Michigan, the Upper Peninsula has more foliage and wildlife than people. From the

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beautiful fall leaves to the variety of rental cabins and camp sites, you can get your adventure travel fix without worrying about leaving all the comforts of home. The Upper Peninsula is perfect for the outdoors lover with miles of waterways. Dare to cross the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere or take a boat tour to learn about the history of the region.

Adventure Travel: Great Smoky Mountains

Whether you choose to visit the mountains of Cherokee, North Carolina or the bustling town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains are a sight to see in the fall. The changing leaves make for the perfect backdrop for photographers, weddings, or picturesque movies. If you’re looking for adventure travel, the smoky mountains have miles and miles of winding rivers perfect for kayaking and the high peaks are complete with mountain coasters and zip-line tours.

Adventure Travel: Columbia River Gorge, OR 

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When thinking of fall trips, most people head for the mountains to watch the fall foliage make its peak. However, the northwest has its fair share of beautiful fall getaways. When you’re looking for adventure travel, hiking the Columbia River Gorge is an outdoor dream. The gorge boasts a 4,000 drop in some places and a waterfall that is a beautiful sight. Hike the winding trails or take a dip in the Carson Hot Springs to top off your trip.

Adventure Travel: Delmarva Peninsula, MD 

While the peninsula is bustling during the summer months, the town really comes alive during the fall. With fall festivals, farmer’s markets, and quaint shops, there is always something to do. Entertain your family with a trip to the pumpkin patch or corn maze. Top off your trip with a visit to the wild ponies and end with a drink at any of the beer festivals that take place in the fall. For more adventure travel, charter a fishing boat or canoe the Indian Water Trails.