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Fall or Autumn is the time of the year when the weather is just right. Not too hot like summer yet not too cold like winter. It is just somewhere in between. In most places, it is also the time for harvest and when many fall festivals are being held. Every state has their own colorful activities for all ages and if you’re planning a family holiday getaway during this time, you should keep reading and take note of the dates.

Adirondack Balloon Festival – get to experience an awesome hot air balloon ride in Glens Falls, New York. They come in lively bright colors and riding them will give the chance to witness the breathtaking view of the Adirondacks. This year they are celebrating their 45th Anniversary, so make sure to plan for September 21-24 in your calendar for this event.

Cranberry Harvest Fest – the entire community of Wareham, Massachusetts is set to have this fest every 7th and 8th of October. Expect a colorful display of harvest, helicopters rides, cooking demonstrations and a whole lot more for the entire family.

Autumn at the Arboretum – if you’re a pumpkin lover, then this is the festival for you. You will be able to see an entire pumpkin village in Dallas, Texas, which is made up of more or less 75,000 pieces of pumpkins, squash and gourds. The festival will start from September 23 until November 22.

Coffee fall festival in Ohio – For all coffee lovers in and near Ohio, this would be the perfect place to be! Many great tasting coffee vendors gather to share their fresh coffee. This event is from Sept 30 to Oct. 3 and you will surely enjoy and pick the best brewed coffee for upcoming cold and wintery days. You can easily find out from HER Realtors page regarding events like this.

Oktoberfest Cincinnati – how can an Oktoberfest be left behind right? Cincinnati, Ohio will definitely sweep you off your feet as you will be able to experience their German Heritage. You will be able to taste authentic foods, hear music, great variety of beers and a lot more as they are being branded as the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the U.S.! If Ohio is too far from you, maybe your own area will have your own version as well.

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Family visit to @elitchgardens amusement park

Our daughter was so excited to visit Elitch Gardens because she is nine years old and is tall enough to enjoy some bigger rides. She really likes roller coasters and kept asking who will go with her on the rides. After we arrived, she found a roller coaster she wanted to ride called the Mind Eraser. It looked really fast and so I volunteered my hubby to go with her. After the ride, they looked really excited and my hubby said his legs were a little wobbly because the ride was so exhilarating. Later, I enjoyed some rides with her and we all had a blast! This is such a great amusement park for families and people of all ages.

The #Skydeck Experience in #Chicago is Breathtaking!

Our family visited Chicago for the first time over the Memorial Holiday weekend last week.  We had several different places we wanted to visit and see during our short stay in the windy city.  Of course, on our list was visiting The Skydeck Experience on top of the world-famous Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower. My hubby is fascinated with skyscrapers and was so excited to be on top of the building that was the tallest building in the world for almost twenty-five years.  We decided to go after dinner so we could see downtown Chicago and the surrounding area at nighttime.

Once we arrived at the top and entered the Skydeck, it was just amazing and breathtaking when we saw the incredible views from over 1400 feet for the first time.  Our daughter really enjoyed the Skydeck Chicago because you can see the whole city and so many different buildings, along with Lake Michigan and a gorgeous sunset while we were there.

This was the highlight of our summer trip to Chicago, so we would highly recommend anyone visiting or living near Chicago to visit the Skydeck Experience on top of the Willis Tower.  You can visit their website, TheSkydeck.com, for more details.

The #SantaExpressTrain to the ‘North Pole’ is Incredibly Fun and Memorable!

Our family really looks forward to riding the Santa Express Train each year at the beginning of the holiday season. This year for the first time, our daughter brought a friend of her along with us. After we arrived, we found our gate and boarded the train. Shortly after arriving, we ordered our drinks and dinner for all of us. Then, they brought us the best hot chocolate and cookies that tasted homemade. The staff played games with the kids as we rode towards The North Pole to meet with Santa and his elves. The kids were all ages and had so much fun playing together and singing holiday songs. We really enjoyed the dinner that was served before the highlight of the trip.

We could feel the excitement in the air as we turned the corner and saw the sign welcoming us to The North Pole. Then, to see the town with Santa and his elves waving back to all of us on the train was an incredible moment, especially for the all the kids. After the train stopped, Santa boarded with his elves to visit with each of the kids. Santa gave our daughter and her friend a special reindeer bell and sat down to talk with them for a couple of minutes. The pictures we took while they visited were so amazing. The elves had great stories about living with Santa at The North Pole they shared with the kids as Santa was visiting with others.

Our daughter and her friend had so much fun they couldn’t stop talking about the trip as we drove home. The Santa Express Train ride is such a memorable holiday experience for families and anyone else who loves the holiday season.

Road Trip: 5 Of The Best RV Sites

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If you are looking for a great way to make your family vacations more fun, then buying an RV is just the beginning. As well as offering you a home away from home, it frees you up to see more of the country. So, where will you go on your adventures? Here are some of the best locations of RV parks in the country, so you’ll be able to plan a road trip to remember.

Anchorage, Alaska

A visit to Alaska should be on everyone’s bucket list. You can head to the Denali National Park for some hiking or cycling, or try some white water rafting on the Nenana River. While visiting here, a great site to stay at is the Denali Grizzly Bear Resort. It offers everything you could want including TV and access to a laundry and a gift shop.

Florida Keys

If a coastal break is what you’re after, then head down to the Florida Keys. With miles of beautiful coastline, it’s ideal for all watersports as well as fishing. You can visit Key West with its many bars, or visit the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. There are many RV sites to stay at such as the Grass Key RV park. Some of the spots there have views over the Gulf of Mexico, and it also has free WIFI. Wherever you stay in this area is sure to be a memorable vacation. Remember to take the details of an RV service and parts company should you run into trouble on the road.

Big Sur, California

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This is a great destination for anyone on a road trip. Enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains, and take in the breathtaking vistas of the ocean. It can also provide a relaxing retreat for those looking for a more laidback trip. If you stay here, then you can enjoy a site under the redwoods or even a riverside getaway. You can try horseback riding, hiking or just enjoy the amazing scenery.

Berwick, Maine

If you want a riverside adventure, then Berwick offers something for all the family. With the Salmon River and the Little River running through the town, you won’t be short of water sports to indulge in on your trip. You could take a boat out or even go fishing. There are plenty of family-friendly sites here offering organized family activities. This means that everyone will enjoy it. South Berwick also provides some great things to see such as Hamilton House and the Vaughan Woods State Park.

Lake George, New York
Lake George is nicknamed the Queen of American Lakes.  This beautiful area offers stunning landscapes and has been a popular tourist destination for years. It also has plenty of amusement parks and restaurants to keep everyone happy. There is no shortage of activities to do here either, with hot air balloon flights or a zip-wire for those who are feeling brave. There are so many good RV sites here that you will be spoilt for choice. Some of them even offer facilities such as fitness centers and playhouses for the kids. Wherever you choose to go on holiday, make sure you plan ahead as parks can get busy in the summer months.