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Fall Trip Ideas for the Western Catskills

When this year’s fall color reports start to roll in, it’s the perfect time to hike, paddle, and pedal your way to river and mountain views in the Western Catskills, and for a perfect autumn day, sampling a little of each of the best sights and activities of the fall season in New York State is the way to go. Here are some great fall trip ideas from expert author Nikki Goth Itoi, an ardent fan of autumn’s crisp days.

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Northern California in the Fall

Starting in September, the sun comes back to the beach, inland mountains and valleys cool down just a notch, and the fall colors are exquisite against brilliant blue autumn skies. It’s the perfect time to plan a trip through Northern California, and author Elizabeth Linhart Veneman shares suggestions for a variety of travelers looking to make the most out of their autumn vacations.

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Elizabeth Linhart Veneman

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman has always viewed growing up in Northern California as both a blessing and curse. There is so much to see, do, and experience all within a short drive—from broad sequoias in the Sierras to ancient lava beds north of Mount Shasta, from creaky Gold Rush towns to the pampering Wine Country—that she began to wonder why anyone would ever leave.

Elizabeth was eventually lured out of the Golden State to Alaska’s far north, where she traveled the Inside Passage, baked bread under the midnight sun in Denali National Park, and chronicled the state’s burgeoning sustainable agriculture for Alaska Magazine. These adventures culminated in penning the travel guide InsightGuides: Alaska.

But Elizabeth knew her California roots were too deep to stay away for long. Raised in Carmel, where her great-great grandmother opened the first restaurant (a soup kitchen with dirt floors!) at the turn of the 20th century, she would always call California home. So she returned and devoted herself to writing about the state she loves most. Her work has included the travel guides SmartGuide: San Francisco and InsightGuides: San Francisco, as well as reporting on food and sustainable agriculture for local publications.

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman is the author of several Moon travel guides, including Moon California and Moon Napa & Sonoma.