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Autumn is one of the best times of the year to enjoy attractions and outdoor activities. The weather is cooling off, which means that summer activities are coming to an end. Don’t worry though; there are still plenty of great fall activities and events to enjoy. Be sure to consider a few of these fun autumn activities while you’re out and about on the road.

Fall means changing leaves and pumpkin patches. If traveling with children, bring along some craft supplies such as construction paper, glue, safety scissors, notebooks, sketchpads, and markers. Stop along the way and collect different sizes and colors of fall leaves. The kids can make colorful collages to take back home.

Before leaving, look for area pumpkin patches near your anticipated destination. Head to the patch and pick your own. Carve a creative jack-o-lantern face or a cool design, place a battery-operated candle inside, and get your RV into that fall spirit with a great decoration.

Hiking the interesting trails across America will never become dull. Depending on your destination, stop along the way at state or national parks. Pack a backpack with snacks and water, and head out for an hour or two. If you prefer boating, rent a canoe and explore the many lakes and rivers across the country. Be sure to take lots of pictures of all the beautiful fall colors along the way.

At all the interesting places you visit while traveling, create an ongoing journal or scrapbook by taking pictures or collecting small mementos along the way. You can also try drawing the scenes to create a one-of-a-kind art piece.

Visit towns that are ‘off the grid.’ Some of these out-of-the-way places have interesting museums, historical battlefields, vintage shops, and local festivals and attractions.

If traveling in the mountains, stop along the way at the scenic overlooks. Explore any trails available to see lakes, waterfalls, and panoramic views. Don’t forget to take some pictures.

Bring along bicycles, if possible. If not, choose a campground with rental bikes. Get the family together and head out for an excursion. Pack sandwiches, fruit, snacks, and water and stop by the roadside for an impromptu picnic.

A campfire is part of the camping experience. Make it special with everyone gathered around toasting marshmallows, making s’mores, and talking about the day’s adventures.

Next month, Coach-Net is having a Fall Foliage Photo Contest. So get out there, enjoy nature, take pictures, and share them with us. What are you going to take a picture of?