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The temperatures are finally dropping and leaves are changing color. Don’t you want to get out, even for a day trip? Of course you do!

Are you in love with apples? You need to travel to Pennsylvania for the National Apple Harvest Festival. They’ve got every version you can imagine – bobbing for apples, apple cider, apple cake. There’s plenty of arts and crafts and live music so you can dance off all those apple dumplings. Have a personal brush with royalty when you meet the Apple Queen.

Or maybe Oktoberfest is synonymous with Fall. The party is already in full swing in Munich, but you could also try local versions like Leavenworth, Washington. If you spring for the real thing, take a quick trip over the border and celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music.

Traveling in the Fall has its advantages. Known in the travel industry as the “shoulder season”, you won’t have to fight the bone crushing crowds of Summer at tourist attractions and airports. You’ll not only have an easier time getting into the Louvre, you may actually get close to the Mona Lisa.

Whether you’ve got young kids in the family or you’re just young at heart, there’s still time to squeeze in a colorful, fun long weekend before the holidays. Safe travels!

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