Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania, USA

Autumn is a beautiful season, especially in Pennsylvania. We have colorful leaves, pumpkin-spice goodies, cider mills, donuts, hoodies and more. I personally love visiting a good, old fashioned cider mill this time of year. Whether it’s to get some pumpkins or snack on sugar-covered donuts, cider mills in the fall are the best. I’m a country girl at heart. Anyway, when it comes to autumn, as it turns out, one study states Pennsylvania is one of the best states to visit in the fall this year.

Lawnstarter.com has a new study out named the best states in the U.S. to travel to during the autumn months. “Cooler weather, changing leaves, and pumpkin-flavored treats — fall has arrived,” the publication states.

As for methodology, “To help you find the perfect destination, LawnStarter compared the 50 states based on 20 key indicators of a breathtaking and fun fall trip.” They used factors such as “outdoor access, such as the number of state parks and hiking trails, as well as fall-themed amusements like pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and hayrides. Of course, we also considered how long fall foliage will stick around for those Insta-worthy snaps.”

Before we get into Pennsylvania, note that the No. 1 state to visit this fall is California. I can only imagine wine country in the fall, with its colorful splashes of vibrancy all around. So, I do think that’s a good pick. Pennsylvania comes in at No. 12 on the list, with a total score of 44.16. “As expected, Northern states dominate the top of our ranking — from Washington (No. 2), across Michigan (No. 4), all the way to New York (No. 6),” Lawnstarter.com states. They left Pennsylvania out of the quote, but the same is true for us. “After all, colorful leaves, chillier temperatures, and fire-roasted foods are the qualities that make the fall season a truly unique experience. America’s upper latitudes deliver on all of them.” Find the full list of the best states to visit this fall here.

Things We Love About Pennsylvania in the Fall:

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!