The endless scenic landscapes and attractions with autumn-themed special events make for memorable vacations and colorful day trips. Autumn means harvest festivals, antiquing, pumpkin patches, apple- and vegetable-picking, farm mazes, picturesque vineyards, farmers markets, canoeing and kayaking, and, of course, "leaf peeping" on fall foliage driving tours.
Mid-May to mid-June
The weather is right, the beaches are ready, and the year's best events are in full swing. The Firefly Music Festival brings 90,000 people and some of the world's top artists, NASCAR zooms into Dover International Speedway, and the annual Point-to-Point steeplechase is like the Kentucky Derby, on a huge field once owned by the DuPont family. The flowers are all in bloom at the beautiful gardens of the former DuPont estates -- Winterthur, Nemours, Hagley, and Mt. Cuba Center. And if you want to go to the beach there are great deals to be had on things to do and places to stay before the summer rush begins.