Ohio

by , SmarterTravel Staff
If Ohio isn't one of the first places that comes to mind when thinking about fall foliage, think again. This Midwestern state has been wowing visitors with its impressive array of colors for years. The northern part of the state begins to turn in late September, and the process trickles down to the southern areas by the end of October. Keep an eye on the different regions' conditions to see which will be offering the most color at the time of your visit.(Photo: iStockphoto.com)
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Innkeepers in New Hampshire and Vermont may swear otherwise, but New England isn't the only place to marvel at impressive fall foliage displays. Even better, leaf peeping in other parts of the country can be far more affordable as well. Ohio, for instance, is dotted with state parks offering vivid autumn colors. And many are within an easy drive of major cities and airports, making the trip even more affordable.

Comparing the cost of a simple weekend getaway puts the savings in perspective. At the Shire Riverview Motel in Woodstock, Vermont, a standard room runs about $180 on weekends, putting the cost of a two-night weekend getaway at $360. Compare that to a two-night weekend package at the Burr Oak State Park Resort, located about an hour-and-a-half drive from Columbus. The Buckeye Package includes two nights' accommodations, daily breakfast, dinner for two, and a $25 gift certificate for $279. Ohio State Parks has a rate comparison chart for lodges around the state.

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You can find dozens more discounts and specials on accommodations, dining, and attractions at the Discover Ohio website. When you're ready to book, check for fall airfare sales from Southwest and other airlines serving Columbus, Cleveland, and other Ohio airports.

For more tips on travel and to see the latest deals, visit the Ohio Vacation guide.

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