Steal an afternoon to enjoy nature's glorious autumn party and in just a few hours you'll fall in love with the season all over again.
Step 1: Take to the road Take to the open road to enjoy a self-guided tour of fall's color show using maps available from local tourist agencies.
Step 2: Get a new perspective Get a new perspective to enjoy autumn colors by viewing the display from a boat, train, bicycle, airplane, hot air balloon, or other alternative transportation modes you like.
Step 3: Take a hike Take a camera and hike through hardwood forests to get up close and personal with the changing scenery and to capture the beauty of the season.
Step 4: Get kids involved Get kids involved in a fun learning experience during an afternoon rendezvous with autumn by asking them to collect and identify colorful leaves.
TIP: Start a journal of personal observations of changing leaf colors to learn more about nature's ways.
Step 5: Go apple picking Go apple picking on an autumn afternoon, and while you're at it, climb a few trees, and stop by the farm market for fresh cider and donuts.
TIP: Use the fall scent of cinnamon as aromatherapy.
Step 6: Collect leaves to ship Collect a box of the most gorgeous leaves you can find to mail to someone who lives in an area without the dramatic fall display.
Step 7: Bake an apple pie Stay home and bake an apple pie to enjoy with family and friends. Now, pull out your favorite sweater, build a fire in the fireplace, and dream about winter pleasures ahead.
FACT: According to Native American legend, when spirit hunters slew the Great Bear in the sky, its blood dripped down on forests changing leaves to red.