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PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 14, 2020) As Fall begins, the year of the Great American Road Trip continues with travelers planning for safe and COVID-conscious weekend getaways and day trips to catch some of autumn’s amazing colors, sometimes referred to as “leaf-peeping.” AAA Mid-Atlantic travel agents recommend reviewing a foliage map before formalizing your plans so you can see the reds, oranges and yellows at their finest. As with any decision to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, AAA Mid-Atlantic reminds travelers it’s important to take some extra safety precautions when planning a trip.
“While many people think of Maine, New Hampshire and upstate New York as the best places to view the fall foliage, nature’s show is gorgeous right here in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware,” stated Suzanne Aresco, AAA Travel. “Depending on where you live in the Delaware Valley, planning is key to ensure you enjoy fall’s colors at their peak in your region.”
Road Trip Recommendations
AAA Mid-Atlantic travel agents recommend some of the following destinations for Delaware Valley residents interested in leaf-peeping:
Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway – located in northern Delaware, this drive showcases tree-lined roads that pass magnificent country estates, beautiful gardens and quaint historic villages.
The Pocono Mountains - about a 2 hour drive from Philadelphia, it makes a perfect weekend trip. The region has many hiking trails, charming towns and fall foliage train rides.
Other notable leaf-peeping locales - Schuylkill River Trail (Philly to Phoenixville), Peddler’s Village in New Hope, Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Valley Forge National Park in KOP, Tyler Arboretum in Media and Ridley Creek State Park in Media.
“Road trips to view fall foliage allow travelers some wiggle room, especially when you aren’t sure when to expect fall colors,” continued Aresco. “We advise travelers that no matter where they are headed, it’s a really good idea to check for any COVID-19 travel restrictions before heading out.”
2020 Fall Foliage Information
Plan ahead for a Safe Trip
In these times of a pandemic, AAA Mid-Atlantic reminds travelers it’s important to take some extra precautions to reduce risks of the coronavirus. Here are some ways to stay safe when traveling:
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