What is the Best Way to Experience the Beauty of Fall Foliage?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, not the winter holiday season–fall. For many across North America, autumn promises brisker mornings and nights–a welcome respite from blistering, sweaty summers–the smell of apples, cinnamon and pumpkin, and the most exciting event, the changing colors and falling of leaves. In urban areas, the occurrence isn’t as majestic as it is a reason to rake and tidy up the yard. Therefore, the best way to experience autumn, I believe, is through travel.
Obviously, flying from one place to the next just to see trees isn’t that thrilling. That is unless you have some place in mind and some other business to handle once there. Road trips could work, but driving can be exhausting and keeping your eyes on the road requires more focus simply checking out the scenery. That’s why hundreds of people around the country prefer the viewing the changing leaves through the windows of a train instead.
Yes, fall foliage adventures via train are a thing. So much so that Smarter Travel listed at least 10 such rides in places like Colorado, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Georgia. For as low as $18 and as expensive as more $865 (for a five day trip through Canada), you have the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and possibly create a new tradition for yourself and your family and/or friends.
Amtrak’s Autumn Express is also very popular with east coasters. The schedule travels from New York City through New Jersey and into Northeastern Pennsylvania. The annual event takes place this year on October 29 and 30; the full trip, regardless of the day selected, is a little more than 10 hours. A few additional things to note is that the trip is open to children for half the price of adults ($149). Lunch is included in the purchase along with a commemorating bag and lapel pin.
If you’ve never had such an experience, do yourself a favor and check it out. Tickets are limited, and as I mentioned earlier, are highly popular with those who enjoy this time of year. Before you know it, all of the leaves will have fallen and snow will be covering the streets of areas where winter comes like clockwork. Before then, have a little fun.