This train trip is the stuff of fall-foliage dreams (and it only costs $53)

Among the fall season’s finer attributes (see: apple picking, ankle boots, pumpkin carving), the colorful show of fall foliage might be the crème de la crème. And there’s no better place to catch it than in the Adirondack Mountains. 

While you could plan a leaf-peepin’ road trip (alongside the other fall rubberneckers), there’s a much more relaxing way to watch the show: from Amtrak’s Great Dome car.  

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What is autumn without apple picking? Head to the Carter Mountain Orchard in Virginia and take home a bushel or two! Don't forget stop by their stores for cider, donuts and more!

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If a trip to Germany isn't in your near future, head to Leavenworth, WA to experience Oktoberfest! Stay at the beautiful Bavarian Lodge just a short walk from the festival to get the full experience. 

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Head down south to gorgeous Bald Head Island, North Carolina. Make sure to check out the coastal beaches and don't miss out on the sailboat and kayaking tours around the island.

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Feel like you're going back in time by visiting the charming town of Rocheport. Stop by the antique shops after a day of biking along the scenic Katy Trail. Pro tip: go when the leaves are changing to amp up the fall atmosphere. 

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Plan a trip to New Orleans' Voodoo Music Festival to really get into the Halloween spirit! With guests like The Weeknd and The Chainsmokers it's sure to be a hot ticket. Also book a haunted history tour to finish off the weekend!

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The fall is the perfect time to head to Arizona as the temperatures start to cool off. See the amazing red rock landscape from above by taking an adventurous hot air balloon ride

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Get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life with a trip to Block Island. Not only are the beaches beautiful and clean (complete with a quaint lighthouse), but nature-lovers will adore all of the hikes and nature trails found on the island. 

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Eat your way through one of South Carolina's most popular cities by taking a culinary tour of Charleston. Don't forget to shop along King Street and walk through the historic district!

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If you live near the Bay Area, take a trip from San Francisco to Napa and Sonoma to go wine tasting! Walk through the vineyards and the nearby towns in Napa Valley for a perfect fall weekend.

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Indulge in the season's staple at the Pumpkin Festival in Laconia, New Hampshire. There is sure to be enough pumpkin carving, treats and lit Jack-o-Lanterns to get you in the fall mood. 

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Starting in late September and running for a limited span of six weeks, the Adirondack route (from New York City to Albany to Montreal) will include its vintage “dome car” starting in Albany (built in 1955 and one of the last of its kind). What makes it so special? The dome-like walls and ceilings are entirely made of glass, making for truly panoramic views of the route’s red- and orange-blanketed mountains and majestic lakes.

And the best part? Fares start at just $53. If you’re looking for an epic (and stress-free) fall getaway, this is, well, just the ticket. 

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