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Budget Friendly Fall Adventures

Affordable fall adventures await!

The leaves are beginning to change and the air is turning crisp! There’s certainly no denying that fall is finally here. This season is the perfect time to get outdoors and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, and the good news is that you don't need to empty your wallet to do so.

In this article, we'll explore a variety of budget friendly fall activities and even include a few ideas in the Pittsburgh area, that’ll allow you to embrace the season without breaking the bank.

Enjoy the fall colors

One of the most iconic fall activities is leaf peeping, and it's absolutely free! Hop in your car and head to a nearby forested area or scenic byway to view the vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows of autumn foliage. The best part? You can enjoy the fall colors right outside your windows at home, take a quick drive around your neighborhood, or turn the adventure into a day trip. Leaf peeping is a customizable activity you can fit into your busy schedule.

Experience a fall festival

Many communities host fall festivals and events that are either free or low-cost to attend. These budget friendly gatherings often feature live music, local artisans, and delicious food options. Attending a fall festival would also be a great day trip option if you’re in the need to escape the city but you don’t want to spend a ton of money an expensive vacation. Here are some great fall activities and festival options near Pittsburgh.

Take a hike (or walk) in nature

Hiking is an excellent (and budget friendly) way to explore the great outdoors during the fall season. Most hiking trails are open year-round, and you can choose from a variety of difficulty levels to suit your fitness level. Whether you prefer a leisurely nature walk or a more challenging trek, you'll have the chance to witness the changing foliage up close and personal.

Looking for a place to go in the Pittsburgh area? Visit Pittsburgh has a great list of local spots to hike and experience the beauty of fall including Point State Park, Hartwood Acres, Raccoon Creek State Park, and much more!

Visit a local pumpkin patch or apple orchard

Nothing screams “fall is here” more than visiting a pumpkin patch or enjoying some fresh cider at an apple orchard. Enjoy a day of wandering through fields of pumpkins, searching for the perfect one to carve or use for festive fall decor. Many pumpkin patches also offer hayrides and corn mazes for added entertainment.

Fall is also synonymous with apple picking. Many orchards offer affordable pick-your-own apple experiences. It's a fun and cost-effective way to spend a day outdoors with family and friends. Plus, you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor with delicious apple pies, crisps, and cider when you return home.

Think ahead to next year

If you’re looking to take your fall activities up a notch, consider planning an epic adventure for next year! There are tons of places in the United States and across the world that are vacation destinations in the autumn months. Whether your dream is to drink a pint in Munich for Oktoberfest, experience the fall foliage on an epic New England road trip, or you prefer to go to your favorite beach on the off-season, it’s better to financially prepare for that adventure now rather than later. Thankfully, our Vacation Club account can help you save to achieve that goal!

It’s easy to embrace the season with budget friendly fall activities. Whether you're leaf peeping, hiking, or planning a fall-themed trip, there are plenty of ways to savor the beauty of fall without breaking the bank. So, put on your coziest sweater, grab your pumpkin spice latte, and get ready to create unforgettable fall memories all while staying within budget.

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