5 Fantastic Fall Getaways for Families
As soon as the first cool breeze greets the school bus in the morning, destinations across the country start to celebrate autumn with family-friendly activities. Pack up the car and take a road trip to make new memories together, whether you’re inclined towards apple picking, exploring corn mazes, attending football games or simply savoring the dramatic fall foliage. Holiday Inn, where kids stay and eat for free, is the perfect place to base your autumn family adventures.
1. Leaf-Peep along the Blue Ridge Parkway
One of the most scenic drives in America, the Blue Ridge Parkway rolls along between Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, taking in views of the country’s longest foliage season (stretching from September all the way into November). Base yourself in family friendly Asheville, North Carolina, to find zipline, hiking, biking and climbing adventures in the 8 million acres of natural area.
Where to stay: The new Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Asheville-Biltmore is perfectly situated to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as Historic Biltmore Village. Bonus: experience Holiday Inn’s newest designs and room concepts!
2. Get lost in a Corn Maze
Wisconsin’s Treinen Farm is the location of one of the most popular corn mazes in the country. It’s also one of the most family friendly, with special mazes for smaller kids, clues to help you find your way out and even prizes for completion. The 15 acre–that’s nearly 15 football fields of corn—maze features more than six miles of twisty corn-filled turns until the end of October. The farm also offers pumpkin picking and hayrides to round out your fun fall day.
Where to stay: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Madison West is just a quick drive from the corn maze’s location in Lodi, so you won’t get lost before you even get in the maze.
3. Watch a football game at West Point
There’s something special about catching a fall football game at West Point Academy, the nation’s elite Army academy. First, there’s the spectacular setting along the Hudson River with stunning views of fall foliage. For families, there are activities in the Black Knight pre-game area. Best of all for kids is the start of the game, when a precision parachutist jumps out of a helicopter to deliver the football with a flair usually reserved for the Super Bowl. Football seasons runs into early December. While you’re here, you can also visit a military fort and tour the historic campus.
Where to stay: The Holiday Inn Orangeburg-Rockland/Bergen Co is located nearby in the picturesque Hudson River Valley.
4. Get a ticket to fall family fun on a vintage train
Hop aboard the vintage New Hope & Ivyland Railroad steam train to travel through charming Bucks County’s colorful rolling terrain and working farms. Fall train excursions include picturesque foliage trips, Trick or Treat train rides and even Haunted Halloween adventures (the latter is best for teens and up). After you’re back in the station, stop at local farms for apple and pumpkin picking.
Where to stay: The Holiday Inn Bensalem-Philadelphia Area is located right in the heart of scenic Bucks County.
5. Celebrate Winter festivities for more than just a night at Disney:
What better way to celebrate the magic of the holiday season than at the most magical place on earth, Disney World! Join Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for live entertainment, fireworks, and a parade. Highlights include an appearance by Santa himself, holiday themed songs and dances, and seasonal cuisine and treats. Of course no trip to Disney would be complete without an appearance by Frozen’s Elsa and Anna on the Castle stage.
Where to stay: The newly renovated Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites – Waterpark is sure to be a family favorite: Every room is a spacious suite, and there’s an expansive waterpark with pools waterslides.