fall season treesBy Jennifer Cummings, MEd. – Planning a vacation into the woods to see the colors of autumn, now is the time to plan for your vacation.

Many families are getting back to vacation basics and taking family car trips and long weekends together. Few people think ahead to the brightly colored leaves of fall while the weather is still more about beaches than beech leaves. But if you’re planning on taking your family for a vacation into the woods to see the colors of autumn, now is the time to plan for your vacation needs in these highly competitive (and often pricey!) areas.

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Many hotels and inns have special packages for tourists coming to see the leaves. Though the prices in these areas often increase in the fall, early-bird planners can sometimes get good deals on vacation packages before they’re sold out. Calling around several different hotels in the area can be well worth the time in money-savings for your family budget. Need a rental car too? Looking around ahead of time will allow you to scoop up savings and special deals you’d miss by waiting until the last minute! Don’t rely on the vacation meta-search engines to find you a great deal; many areas to see the best leaves are outside of the engines’ focus areas, and you’ll get better deals by calling the hotels directly.

When planning your vacation, it is also important to have alternate plans for your family during your stay. While adults can be fascinated by the leaf colors during long car rides, most children lose interest after a much shorter time. You should make sure to have car-friendly activities available for children during the day, and pick a hotel in an area that has family-friendly activities in the evenings. Activities can be low key and fun, like campfires, but having something to do other than look at leaves is important to keep the family vacation fun for everyone.

State Department of Tourism

When you’ve looked into a specific area to visit, get good local maps from the state’s department of tourism. Most of these resources are free, and can be requested online. These maps will give more detailed information about smaller highways and byways that your family might enjoy visiting. Also, there are often notes on each map to give information on attractions in the area that can make your visit more interesting. You may find out that there are fun things to do that you never would have thought of!

Fall leaf peeping seems an eternity away when you’re sitting through the hottest month of the year. But by planning ahead, doing some good research, and being flexible  your family can look forward to having a great time watching the world turn colors other than Positively Green.

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