America's Best Vacations October 2010 MW : Page 2

experience another part of the country. New museum exhibits, gallery openings and live shows welcome people Welcome to Fall H arvest and holiday festivals around the country celebrate the return of cooler weather. Fall and winter are a great time to head out on the road — by car, bus or rail — to rediscover your own back yard or back to cities, where arts and crafts, music and ethnic festivals fill the streets. Farmers’ markets, wine tastings, apple and pumpkin festivals, corn mazes and hayrides seem to be everywhere along colorful country roads. Living history museums and villages give families and history buffs a real taste of how early settlers lived and worked during the busy harvest season, preparing for the winter ahead. Experiential tours offer hands-on opportunities to participate in preparing local food or to go behind the scenes of ballparks, theaters, government buildings and even old train workshops. Soon, holiday parades and lights will replace the fall color, inviting visitors to linger longer in bright shops and cozy restaurants. Theme parks get in on the holiday spirit with light shows, floats and parades to satisfy the holiday spirit. On the following pages, you’ll find information from destinations that are distinct and well worth a visit, whether for a weekend event or a longer stay filled with tours and adventures. Celebrate the harvest and holiday seasons along city streets and colorful country roads. 2 AMERICA’S BEST VACATIONS

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