After record breaking heat Tuesday, temps will be much lower today. Showers and storms will be around as well. Track the rain and see how much cooler it will get for Thursday in our latest forecast.
After record breaking heat Tuesday, temps will be much lower today. Showers and storms will be around as well. Track the rain and see how much cooler it will get for Thursday in our latest forecast video.
Family travel 5: Fall season brings unique opportunities
Discover farm fresh
Autumn is an ideal time to celebrate our nation’s bounty by visiting farmers markets to marvel at the colors, textures and wonder of fresh produce. Take a farm tour and learn how our food moves from plow to porch. Visit a community garden and become inspired to join in or plan for your own. For a more immersive experience, spend the night or a weekend on a family farm. Leave everyday expectations behind and get ready to pitch in for the morning chores. At farms across the country kids can collect eggs, pet pigs, corral critters, tend to a garden, fish in the creek or hang out in the shade of fruit trees.
www.FarmStayUS.com ; www.communityrootsaz.com
Take in a roundup in South Dakota
Each year, the public has been invited to hear the thunder of hooves and photograph the moment as experienced riders roundup a herd of some 1,300 buffalo during the state’s Buffalo Round Up and Arts Festival. Considered a critical management tool in maintaining a healthy herd, the buffalo are corralled and then tested, branded and sorted. The fall event typically includes a pancake feed, Western and Native American entertainment and the chance to peruse the fine art and crafts offered by more than 150 vendors. Weather permitting, you can snag top-notch views of wildlife via the 18-mile Wildlife Loop State Scenic Byway. Possible sightings include elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and the resident bison roaming the park.
As the leaves turn and the elk bugle
This is your chance to enjoy Grand Teton National Park and the extraordinary beauty of this valley before it becomes a winter wonderland and minus the crowds that collect in summer. Take a family-friendly hike along the Snake River or explore aside a string of scenic lakes. Enjoy the changing leaves during a wildlife tour in Yellowstone or Grand Teton or enjoy the views via horseback. Check on the resident herd at the National Elk Refuge (sleigh rides are possible once the snow falls).
www.VisitWyoming.com www.jacksonhole.com; www.FourSeasons.com/JacksonHole
Pick your own apples
Whether you fancy Granny Smiths, Fuji or Golden Delicious, the whole family will enjoy a day in a pick-your-own fruit orchard. Gather your crop, then return home to choose your favorite recipes for crafting your own apple juice, pie or cobbler. Stay close to the hearth or visit Washington, the state that harvests more than half of the country’s apples.
www.PickYourOwn.org; www.usapple.org; https://stateofwatourism.com
Corn mazes and more
Play hide and seek in the corn maze. Climb aboard the horse-drawn wagon for a hayride. Wander the scenic pathways. Scout for the best pumpkins in the patch. Relax in the fresh fall air with a glass of crisp apple cider. Find a fall fun spot near you and immerse yourselves in the season.