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The best way to celebrate bright foliage and cooler temperatures is by attending one of America's best fall festivals. Fall is a great time to shed light on things like apples, pumpkins, craft beer, local seafood, particular holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, and events like Oktoberfest. You can celebrate fall festivities without traveling too far from home! Check out our top picks:1. Harvest on the Harbor—Portland, Maine, hosts Harvest on the Harbor from October 22-25. Festivities at this food and wine festival include meals cooked by talented local chefs as well as various craft beer and wine tastings. Maine restaurants are part of the farm-to-table movement, and all participating chefs will be using fish, meat, and produce from Maine's own farmers, fishermen, and suppliers.
2. National Apple Harvest Festival—Drive through farmland and apple orchards on your way to Biglerville, Pennsylvania, for next weekend's National Apple Harvest Festival. The festival includes attractions sure to be enjoyed by all, including arts and crafts vendors, antique car shows, live entertainment, hay rides, and a petting zoo, just to name a few.
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For the ultimate haunted Halloween, you must visit Salem, MA. Travelers flock from all over to visit Salem for the biggest Halloween party in America. Spooky Salem hosts haunted houses, historic landmarks, plenty of hotels and B&Bs, great restaurants, ghost tours, and a variety of other Halloween happenings.
One of our favorite Salem attractions is the House of the Seven Gables. It's the oldest surviving 17th-century mansion in New England, and it inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel—not to mention admission is free! The Peabody Essex Museum is fascinating as well, and the Salem Witch Trials Memorial is a fitting tribute to visit especially during the Halloween season.