Fall Break: Affordable Ways to Unwind

Posted on 10/10/2013

For a few days each fall schools offer students a chance to forget about homework and tests. Fall break is also a great time for adults to unwind before the hustle of the holidays. Since national parks are closed due to the government shut down you may want to consider these affordable fall break excursions.

Pennsylvania Apple Festival
October is prime apple harvesting time. The tiny towns of Arendtsville and Biglerville celebrate this little round fruit in a big way with the National Apple Harvest Festival. Many of the event's features are free including arts and crafts dealers, demonstrations, contests and entertainment.

Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is 469 miles long connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Stunning views of changing fall color will help you release worries and reduce stress. Check out blueridgeparkway.org for fall color updates or call (828) 298-0398 and press option 3 for the latest fall color report.

Las Vegas
Vegas is fun any time of year but in the fall it's a cheap destination too. Book nice hotels like Treasure Island Hotel and Casino for just $88 a night or splurge on a five-star stay at the Wynn for just $159.

Private Campgrounds
National parks may be closed temporarily for the government shut down but that doesn't mean a fall family camping trip is out of the question. Check out gocampingamerica.com for help locating affordable, private campgrounds.

Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes
Pumpkin patches and corn mazes are popping up all over the country this time of year. It's a great way to entertain the family and forget about your responsibilities for a while. Find a corn maze in your neck of the woods at cornmaze.com. There's nothing quite like getting lost in a labyrinth of corn to help you focus on something other than bills and deadlines.

By Alison Storm

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