Even though the weather is getting colder, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beauty and wonder of the fall season. As William Cullen Bryant stated, “Autumn… the year’s last, loveliest smile,” it is your perfect chance to get outside and visit the Philadelphia area’s most scenic places. The city is only about a half-hour drive from Arcadia’s campus and offers an abundance of places to view fall foliage.
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is lined with vibrant trees whose colors are said to peak between October 20 and 31. While walking the parkway, be sure to visit one of Philly’s museums such as the Franklin Institute or the Philadelphia Museum of Art. After strolling along the promenade, visit Franklin Square in Old City. The plaza, which William Penn laid out in his original plan for Philadelphia, offers 7.5 acres of nature and fall foliage.
If you are looking for more of an adventure, the Wissahickon Gorge contains 57 miles of trails for hiking, bike riding and horseback riding. Running parallel to the Wissahickon Creek, these undisrupted trails will completely immerse you in their natural beauty and get your mind off your ever growing list of schoolwork.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Although it is a bit more of a drive, one of the best places to visit in the fall is Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, PA. It is about an hour and a half drive from Arcadia, but I have yet to encounter more breathtaking views during any season. Hawk Mountain offers different lookout points for sightseeing both hawks and the beautiful landscape of southeastern Pennsylvania.
Although the fall is one of the busiest times of the year for students, it is also one of the loveliest. Treat yourself to a day of tranquility and exploration by appreciating this beautiful season.