Fall Color Tours and Deals
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
A good place to start your trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains is just over an hour from Washington, D.C., where the Interstate eases into gentle lanes near the scenic horse country of Middleburg, Virginia. Take the famed Skyline Drive from the Front Royal North Entrance to the heart of the mountains in Shenandoah National Park, where you’ll find beech, dogwood, sassafras and hickory ablaze in shades from cadmium yellow to crimson. It takes about three hours to navigate the entire 105-mile drive, depending on traffic. Save time to explore some of the more than 500 miles of hiking trails, including the one to the top of McAfee Knob on Catawba Mountain with its breathtaking 270-degree panoramic view.
Subaru Discount: Massanutten Resort in Virginia, with 6,000 acres of mountain terrain, a day spa, farm-to-table dining, an adventure park, an indoor/outdoor waterpark and a new escape room adventure game, is one of the Shenandoah’s best-loved resorts. To receive 10% off room rates until May 31, 2018, use promo code SUBARU10 either at massresort.com or by calling 540-289-4952. This offer is not valid with other discounts or promotions.
Massanutten offers more than 30 miles of mountain bike trails.
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
Minnesota isn’t called the Land of 10,000 Lakes for nothing, and it’s those lakes’ many mirror-like surfaces that make the leaf peeping so spectacular in this part of the country. Two of those ‒ Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun ‒ can be found in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, where the season lasts until mid-October, and both are nature hubs with biking and hiking trails that are well worth exploring. Take a drive along nearby Summit Avenue, just west of downtown St. Paul, where old-growth trees frame stately, early 20th-century architecture. Or kayak on the Mississippi River at Three Rivers Park District, where fall finds the banks awash in dazzling color.
Seacoast Portland, Maine
The rugged coast just south of Portland, Maine, provides a stunning and stony setting for forests teeming with beech, basswood, ash, poplar and chestnut trees ‒ all at their flashiest in late September and early October. Hikers (many with their dogs) flock at this time of year to the shoreline along the Mount Agamenticus region, where fall wildflowers create a plush underskirt beneath the equally colorful trees, while kayakers like to paddle near the historic Nubble Lighthouse on Cape Neddick. The pristine beach here also lures its share of shutterbugs, eager to capture the awesome autumn seascape tinged with fiery hues.
Subaru Discount: Cliff House on Cape Neddick is prized for its serene style and its spectacular location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean along Maine’s craggy coastline. Here, you can ocean kayak, practice yoga on the beach and bike cliff-side trails. Mention Subaru and get 20% off your accommodation, plus a one-category upgrade, when available. Valid until December 23, 2017.
Cliff House on Cape Neddick, Maine.