Awesome Autumn Spots for Hiking Enthusiasts

Autumn Hiking


Late autumn is a marvelous time to visit, as November comes with its own set of seasonal splendors. Cooler temperatures are invigorating, and the first snowflakes are a herald to Vermont's winter wonderland.

Hiking aficionados will delight in Little River State Park, a pleasurable 30-minute drive from Burlington, and its miles of trails. Bare trees mean clearer views of the park's lovely scenery, and early snowfalls create a sparkling backdrop.

Burlington, on the shores of lovely Lake Champlain, is a city of variety. The Church Street Marketplace is a shopping experience that is so much more. This open-air mall has more than 100 shops, eateries, and street vendors. Special events, music, street entertainers, and period architecture make the Marketplace memorable.

Theater-goers will want to check out the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. This beautiful theater features more than 100 performances a year ranging from folk music to Broadway and family and student matinees.

Burlington's best eating choices range from local cuisine at Hen of the Wood to the Farmhouse Tap & Grill. Healthy dining options are found at Stone Soup and the Revolution Kitchen, which features vegetarian and vegan choices. The Good Food Truck allows patrons to do a good deed while they dine. It stops at various places around the city. For every $6 spent, the truck provides two meals at a community stop.


This jewel of the Northwest is not only beautiful any season of the year; it is surrounded by impressive parks. Hikers will love Iron Horse State Park, a 45-minute drive away, which boasts 110 miles of trails. Historic railroad trestles offer magnificent views of the valley.

After an exhilarating experience enjoying the best nature has to offer, hikers will find much to do in Seattle. In the middle of a bowl-shaped area sits the International Fountain. This unique structure sprays water from many locations in time to music. There is abundant space here for eating lunch, spending time with friends and family, or simply enjoying the performance.

Overlooking Elliott Bay is the not-to-be-missed Pike Place Market. Along its streets and alleys are hundreds of producers of fresh and dried produce, wines, cheese, locally handcrafted items, a variety of eating establishments, and more. There is always something new to discover at the market.

For unforgettable dining experiences, University Village is a must. Din Tai Fung, The Confectionery, Elemental Wood Fired Pizza, and the second Starbucks Coffee location are only a few of the delightful restaurants found here.

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This shining city on the shore of Lake Ontario is a lovely place year round. Late autumn is no exception; the temperatures are cool, but winter's chill has not yet enveloped the area, and the big lake keeps the thermometer from plunging as low as it does in other Canadian cities. As the calendar advances from November to December, there is a stronger chance of a dusting of snow adding to Toronto's sparkle.

Hiking aficionados are sure to enjoy Forks of the Credit Provincial Park, about an hour's drive from Toronto. This favorite hiker's destination is home to a variety of trails, including the well-known Bruce Trail. Stupendous scenery and plentiful wildlife make this the perfect spot for a hike through nature.

 The city has something to suit everyone's tastes. The indoor St. Lawrence Market is reminiscent of European markets with its stalls laden with everything from flowers to produce to Italian olive oil. Bakeries and sandwich shops dot the market, making this a great place for shopping and dining.

Ripley's Aquarium is not a typical underwater-life establishment. Unique features like a moving sidewalk through the shark tank and a glimpse behind the scenes guarantee an unforgettable experience. The aquarium is also open until 11:00 in the evening, and admission is cheaper after 7.

Theater lovers and those who enjoy a tantalizing cuisine in an unusual setting will be delighted by the Famous People Players Dinner Theatre. When guests finish their meal comes the second-to-none theatrical performance followed by dessert. The experience is made all the more remarkable by the fact that the waiters do everything from prepare the food to perform in the production. With afternoon and evening shows, this is an ideal place for the whole family.

A subway and trolley ride brings food lovers to some of the best dining in Toronto. Kensington Market, next to Chinatown, is home to incomparable Latino food. West Indian shops and bakeries, Latin groceries, fish vendors, a popcorn shop, and vintage establishments round out this must-visit location.

These charming locales are proof that enjoyment of the great outdoors need not end with summer. Parks boasting great hiking trails against a backdrop of spectacular scenery are only a short distance from some of the most inviting cities in North America.

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