5. Tour a catwalk in southern West Virginia
Eight hundred seventy-six feet above a canyon, the New River Gorge Bridge is the world's fourth-longest steel single-span arch bridge. From the top of the catwalk, take in panoramic views of the fall foliage — the best in the area. Because a safety system is in place, seniors and disabled guests are welcome.
6. Paddle a kayak in Traverse City, Mich.
Most of northern Michigan's rivers are tame enough for even novice paddlers, with just enough current to keep things interesting; the Boardman, the Crystal and the Platte are particular favorites, and they're spectacular in fall.
7. Hike through a forest in Santa Fe, N.M.
The Santa Fe National Forest is a 1.6 million-acre playground covered in hiking trails through huge aspen stands that turn golden in the fall. Dozens of trails offer everything from an easy stroll to a strenuous climb.
8. Play nine holes in Cooperstown, N.Y.
The Otesaga Resort Hotel's 18-hole Leatherstocking Golf Course sweeps along the beautiful western shoreline of Lake Otsego. Audubon International officially designated the course a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, meaning it is a stunning place to chip and putt when foliage peaks in late September to early October.
9. Fly through the sky in a hot-air balloon in Charlottesville, Va.
At the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville's foliage turns bright from mid-October through mid-November. On a sunset flight, it's even more impressive.
Lisa McElroy is a freelance writer and law professor who covers travel and the Supreme Court.
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