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Pick An Option

by Megan McCullough |

One of the best things to do in fall is packing up the family and heading out to the local apple orchard, pick enough apples to make apple pie and crisp for the next four months and then finish the day off with a hot apple cider. Sometimes going to the same place starts to get a bit boring, however, so throw a little adventure in your day and go for a road trip to one of the best apple orchards in the United States.

Stribling Orchard

In the heart of Virginia lies an incredible orchard in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There stands this 200-year-old farm - one of America's oldest, owned and operated by the Stribling family.  This 30-acre farm offers nearly two dozen types of apples ripe for the picking. The property houses tons of buildings from the 1700s, along with gorgeous vistas. You can even pack up a picnic and take advantage of one of the many designated areas to take a break from all of the hard work.

Applewood Orchards

Located near the picturesque Hudson River Valley, which is a sight to see in Autumn on its own, this incredible orchard is home to eight varieties of apples and a brewery that specializes in hard apple cider. After spending your day picking apples, check out the pumpkin patch, hay rides or even take the little ones to see one of the puppet shows being put on daily.

Johnson Orchards

This orchard is a sight to behold and should be on the top of your Autumn bucket list, especially if you live in Washington. The state produces more than half of the country's apple supply. Sitting on 60 acres and producing apples for over a century, this is truly an adventure all on its own. Even if you want to check out other fruits, this orchard offers plums, Bing cherries and apricots, just to name a few.

There is still time to get out and explore this country before the snow starts falling by the foot, you would be surprised how much you can learn about your country heading to the farmland. This country was built on the back of farmers, and farmers still feed cities. Pack up the kids, get a basket filled with some awesome sandwiches and support your local farmers.