Leaf-peeping by bicycle in Reno-TahoePSHAW PHOTO/Shutterstock
Getting your children to sit stil—no matter the season—is a tall order. So while you and your partner may subscribe to the idea of lounging, hand-in-hand, on a deck while you overlook the mountains, your kiddos might go stir-crazy in approximately five whole minutes. One idea that is stimulating and adventurous, without requiring too much effort, is cycling. When you visit the Tahoe area, you can rent bikes to make your way along the Truckee River. Here, you’ll not only soak up the warm varieties of red, yellow, and orange among the trees, but your kids can race and play in the crisp fall air. For a tougher trek, you can also explore the Mt. Rose Meadows Trail, or for a boozy solution, try the Reno Wine Walk. Not a fan of pumpkin carving? Here’s how to celebrate, sans the mess.
Venture through a cave in KentuckyZack Frank/Shutterstock
While you might have visions of your handsome, sweet children nestled in a pile of leaves with big smiles and matching sweaters, the reality is that looking at trees can get boring real fast. (And hey, your phone only allows so many photos before storage is full!) To get a bit of peeping and a lot of variety, head south to Bowling Green, Kentucky. Though you might not first think of this state as a place for autumn adventuring, this town is only four hours away from Indianapolis in the heart of South Central Kentucky’s Cave Country. Here, you can get your heap of leaves, and then take your children to explore the world’s longest-known ave system, Mammoth Cave National Park. In the area, you can also book a number of hiking, equestrian, and biking adventures, all with idealistic 60 to 70-degree temperatures. Hitting the road to get there? Listen to these family-friendly audiobooks on the way.