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Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Round Up Of "Leaf Peeping" Destinations From FIDO Friendly Magazine!!

Parental Unit and I are proud to welcome FIDO Friendly Magazine back to our blog! This time, Carol Byant, Editorial and Social Media Director for FIDO Friendly, has given us the magazine's round-up of fall foilage trips to take with your pooch. If it's a wee bit late in your neck of the woods to hit the peak colors, you can always clip and save this valuable information for next year.

Without further yakking from us...heeeeere's Carol!

FIDO Friendly magazine’s Top 10 Leaf Peeping Destinations for Dog Lovers
By Carol Bryant, FIDO Friendly magazine
Imagine you and your pooch crunching through autumn’s quilt that blankets our nation’s trees this fall. Not sure if you’re a leaf peeper? Do you love the gorgeous fall foliage and rich hues turning green leaves to goldens, oranges and reds? Then grab the camera, pack some apple cider and a few Fido biscuits and head for less-than-greener pastures, as FIDO Friendly presents the Top 10 Leaf-Peeping destinations.
Washington County, Maine: This area is generally the first place the sun rises each morning on U.S. soil. Washington County is comprised of 85 percent woodlands, eight percent lakes and four percent bogs, so one can imagine the bountiful beauty gracing the landscape in the autumn months. Take home a bushel of blueberries to mark your tracks.
Acadia National Park in Mount Desert, Maine: Considered to be one of the best views in the state of Maine, the top of Cadillac Mountain at 1,532 feet is the highest point along the north Atlantic seaboard. The “peak” season is generally considered to be mid-October but this varies. Certain lakes and trails prohibit Fido but the majority of Acadia welcomes the canine variety.
Lake Champlain, Vermont: Instead of walking or riding through fall foliage, the waters of the lake invite a boat ride amidst historic lighthouses and forests of fall foliage. The Fido-friendly resort of Basin Harbor Club and Resort is located right on the lake. While in Vermont, check out Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury. Situated on this glorious land is 400 acres of nature, leaves and the famous Dog Chapel
Catskill Mountains, New York: Located in New York’s Hudson Valley and within 100 miles north of the city, nestled away is this beautiful mountainous region harboring vibrancy and golds galore. Harvest festivals, farmers markets, orchard picking and craft fairs line the charming towns that surround the Catskills. Often called “America’s First Wilderness,” there’s enough here to do to make a complete week’s vacation out of it.
Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania: Known to many as the “honeymoon capital of the world,” Pennsylvania is home to 127 tree varieties, so early fall reveals a glorious blanket of ambers, purples, oranges and more. Pack a picnic and take Fido to the Delaware River area where eagles soar, a rural countryside graces the landscape and sightseeing is at its most spectacular finest. 
Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina: Spanning 469 miles and connecting the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, this scenic drive is riddled with nature areas, trails and plenty of overlooks to pit-stop and take in nature’s beauty. Explore your inner hiker and take Fido to Grandfather Mountain along the parkway in Linville, North Carolina. 
Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas: Yee haw meets dog paw and Fido’s ready to hit the fall trail. Nature’s spectacle displays her glory at McKittrick Canyon, one of the most prized locations in the entire state. Enchanting in this region are the leaves plus the cacti. Rock enthusiasts rejoice at Permian Reef. Guadalupe Peak is the highest point in all of Texas at 8,749 feet.
Aspen, Colorado: Though images of ski slopes and powder hounds, Aspen is not only king of snow. Rich yellow-gold leaves glisten on the aspen trees at their peak every fall. Behold the quaking aspen tree of North America while visiting Denver. Backpack through San Isabel National Forest where over a million acres of mountains are sure to take both yours and Fido’s breath away.
Great River Road, Wisconsin: Located in the western region of the state, this area winds 250 miles along the shores of the Mississippi river. Quaint towns pepper themselves along the route for plenty of sightseeing, leaf peeping and Fido pit stops. Steamboats including the Delta Queen may pass by, as visitors are welcome to 50 local parks and beaches. 
Shenandoah Valley, Washington DC Spend some time exploring Washington DC with Fido (including hiking Arlington National Cemetery together) and then head over to the nearby Virginian Shenandoah Valley. Located 90 miles west of the Capital Beltway, Shenandoah National Park features over 500 miles of trails and close to 200,000 acres of land. Take the scenic route and let Fido sniff the grounds along Skyline Drive. This 100+ mile road meanders throughout the length of Shenandoah National Park.
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Next up from FIDO Friendly: Fun Ski Destinations, a special surprise, and another subscription Give-A Way-so stay tuned!


Marg said...

Well that is a nice thing to know where the leaves are turning. Our leaves aren't turning here yet and might not since we haven't had any rain. Thanks for coming by the blog and wishing BB well. She needs all the help she can get.

♥ Sallie said...

I love watching the leaves turn. Great article!


Carol Bryant said...

Thanks for sharing this. I love to go leaf peeping with my pooch and I hope you all enjoy these. Thanks to the parental unit for posting this on this most pawesome blog!

Lorenza said...

I am soooo far away from those places!
But sure it is a pawesome info!
Kisses and hugs

Duke said...

We love autumn in any state! The colorful foliage is just magnificent!

Unknown said...

I'm so far away from those places too! But thanks for telling us about those beautiful places.

Kelli said...

We just recently went on a trip to NY and it was great to drive and look at all of the colorful foliage.

Great blog!

Maggie Mae and Max said...

We lives in da Hudson Valley near da Catskill Mountains!!! Mom luvs to go down deres and do leaf peeping!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

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