Leaf Peeping Alert! The Greatest Fall Foliage Adventure in the U.S.

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Leaf Peeping Alert: The Greatest Fall Foliage Adventures in the U.S.

RVers, Welcome to Fall RVing, Camping or Glamping!! We hope you are excited. As the summer comes to a close, it is time to start focusing on the coming fall foliage season! Every year, mother nature puts on a spectacular show across the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest United States. Autumn colors can explode in many areas of the U.S., and the world for that matter. However, it is certain areas of the United States, including the Northeast corridor, Southeast U.S. along the Appalachian Mountain chain, and much of the Midwest that produces the most striking and vibrant colors. This is attributed to mild autumn days coupled with cool, crisp, but not freezing evenings. During September, October and November, the once green leaves of spring and summer alter their appearance, displaying such colors as brilliant yellow, glowing orange, fiery red, and rich brown. 

Each species of tree and shrub has its own unique hues which can vary from year to year.Every year, travelers flock to these areas to take in the fall foliage, to catch a glimpse of nature's splendor. The Foliage Network was developed to provide accurate foliage information for various locations across the United States. During the months of September, October, and November, The Foliage Network collects data from foliage spotters twice a week. This data is then collected, plotted, and analyzed. The end result is The Foliage Network Report, which is used by travelers to find the best foliage conditions. The Foliage Report uses actual data unlike other "reports" which use annual averages.  You can follow the fall foliage reports here: http://www.foliagenetwork.com/
Whether camping, fishing or hunting, fall will bring some great colors in the woods.

Do you Love Fall Foliage? Here are Cool Places to Play, Stay or Visit for RVing

You may love fall foliage road trips  but perhaps it is time to experience autumn outside the box. From gliding over the Finger Lakes in a two-seat sailplane to descending deep into Ontario’s leaf-blanketed Agawa Canyon by train, check out our favorite lesser-known ways to experience fall splendor across North America: 


Why You will Love It: Unleash your adventurous side on a two-seat, Schleicher ASK-21 high-performance sailplane, gliding over the spectacular autumnal scenery of the southern reaches of New York’s Finger Lakes region. Revel in a bird’s eye views at 4,000 feet on a 15-20 minute ride, which departs from Harris Hill, official “Soaring Capital of America.” If that’s not enough thrill seeking, maintain the fall foliage high—pun intended—with a hot air balloon ride over Letchworth State Park or summit Bristol Mountain by ski lift.

When to Go: Gliding trips are offered until late October but are weather dependent and first come, first served (and cannot be reserved in advance). 


Why You will Love It: Following the season's more well-known leaf displays in America’s northern latitudes, savor an encore performance on Uncommon Journey’s 2-week Autumn in the Great Smokies voyage. A late season travel extravaganza, the program combines tours, cruising, luxury accommodations, and train travel during the South’s peak foliage time, mid-November. Highlights of this trip include two nights in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad and a 7-night cruise from Nashville to Memphis on the brand new 75-state room, deluxe river cruise boat, Louisiane.

When to Go: This special itinerary is offered November 7 – 20, 2016.

Why You will Love It: Live large with Kimpton Hotel’s “Over The Top” luxury leaf-peeping long weekend, a $16,000 New England, fall-themed package for two. Begin with a night in Boston in the Presidential Suite at Hotel Marlowe followed by three nights in foliage mecca Manchester, Vermont in the posh Bennett Cottage at Taconic Hotel. You’ll get lavish dinners, gourmet picnic lunches, and guided hikes and excursions through Vermont’s environs (including a trip to the peak of Equinox Mountain). But what makes this package a true standout is the private chartered scenic helicopter ride, which takes you from Boston to Vermont, passing over New England’s most colorful landscapes.

When to Go: The package is available exclusively: 9/29 – 10/2, 10/6 – 10/10, and 10/13 – 10/17 and requires a 2-week advance booking window.

Head farther north to Ontario on the Agawa Canyon Tour Train.



Why You will Love It: Board the Agawa Canyon Tour Train for a full-day expedition zigzagging through Ontario’s autumnal grandeur, pegged at just over 114 miles, climb aboard in the small town of Sault Ste. Marie, just north of Canada’s border with Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Witness incredible changing landscapes (think rivers and lakes banked by enormous trees) descending deep into Agawa Canyon to its nadir, where you’ll have an hour and half to stretch your legs and explore.

When to Go: Trains run until October 10, 2016 and depart Sault St. Marie at 8:00 am and return at 6:00pm.

 Website: http://www.agawatrain.com/


Why You will Love It: California wine country may not have the maples and yellow birch of the east coast, but it deserves plenty of credit. Following September harvest season, by mid-October Cali’s grape vines are turning crimson and the prolific ginkgos and oaks have gone gold. This is the ideal time for the epic Sonoma 4-Day Bike Tour with DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. during which you’ll explore the best of wine country and the fall surrounds on two wheels, eating and drinking , and ending each day at a luxury hotel that matches the Michelin-starred cuisine.

When to Go: For fall colors, opt for either the Oct 17-20 or the Nov 6-9, 2016 bike tour.

 Website: https://www.duvine.com/tour/sonoma-4-day-bike-tour/

Fall camping provides some of the best looking fall foliage.
The Weather Channel maintains a map of current foliage conditions, making it easy to plot your course through some pretty terrific parts of the country — by RV. Before you encase your RV in its winter storage and before you head for the deserts of the Southwest for the winter… now is the time to take advantage of the most beautiful time of year.
If you want to drive somewhere fun like down a narrow country lane, there are plenty of options to find throughout the country. You can experience life crunching the leaves under your tires as you drive through a multicolored storm of foliage letting you know that winter is coming soon.
Here are some links to help you plan a spectacular color-viewing RV trip: 

Enjoy the fall foliage with your kids. You could play with the leaves for hours.

Following is a list of some of the more popular fall color road trips:
1. Acadia National Park – Maine, especially Park Loop Road
2. Adirondacks Region – New York, especially Central Adirondack Trail
3. Blue Ridge Parkway – from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in NC to Shenandoah National Park in VA
4. Coconino National Forest – Arizona, General Crook Trail Loop Road
5. Kancamagus Scenic Byway – New Hampshire, White Mountain National Forest
6. Keweenaw Peninsula – Michigan, Hwys 26 and 41 to Copper Harbor 
7. Lake Champlain Valley – Vermont, Burlington to the Lake Champlain Islands
8. Mark Twain National Forest – Missouri, especially Skyline Drive and Sugar Camp National Scenic Byway
9. San Bernardino National Forest – California, Rim of the World Scenic Byway
10. San Juan Skyway – Colorado, loops from Durango through Ouray, Telluride and Cortez back to Durango
11. Yankee Foliage - Your Source for New England Fall Foliage (from Yankee Magazine)

Take your trip to see all the awesome colors of fall in the comfort of a LaMesa RV.  Whatever route you choose, we can make your trip fun with just the right RV for you.

We have locations nationwide to serve you.  Visit our locations map for more information.

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