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The best U.S. cities to visit this fall for foliage, food, and fun

By Cailey Rizzo
September 24, 2018, 3:17:50 PM EDT

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There’s a lot that goes into making the perfect fall destination.

Not only does it need fantastic displays of leaves(in all colors: red, orange and yellow), there needs to be a thriving apres-leaf scene. A glass of local wine, apple cider, a roaring fireplace and a good meal round out the perfect autumn day.

This year, to help you whittle down your decisions, Yelp decided to create a list of the 10 most-loved destinations in the country for fall foliage. In order to create the list, Yelp looked for some of the best parks in the country with reviews mentioning “fall,” “autumn” and “foliage.”

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In order to complete the fall itinerary, Yelp chose highly-rated restaurants, parks and bars around each town to give you solid activities for each destination. Spend the morning exploring one of the nation’s best parks for fall foliageand then wile away the afternoon over a long lunch or another scenic hike.

These are the top 10 places in the country to welcome autumn:

Bar Harbor, Maine

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It’s a standard argument that nowhere does fall better than New England, especially Acadia National Park. While the leaves will eventually drop away, make memories that will last forever by going on an Acadia Photo Safari. Learn how to capture the scenery in its most photogenic season during a guided tour around the park.

Luray, Virginia

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Shenandoah National Park is a perfect destination for hikers or those who just want to drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains. After exploring the park, drop into the Luray Caverns, the largest in the eastern United States, then make a pit stop for food at Moonshadows Restaurant. If weather permits, dine in the back garden to stay outdoors all day long.

Bear Mountain, New York

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Easily accessible from New York City, Bear Mountain is a dreamy fall day trip. The state park has famous hikes for those who want to get out in nature or you can opt to relax onboard a cruise up and down the Hudson River with Trinity Cruise Company.Afterward, refuel at Barnstormer Barbeque.


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