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Fall Foliage

We Are driving from Central New Jersey to Cleveland this weekend? Any suggestions where to stop to see some beautiful fall foliage that is not off the beaten path and also any restaurants along the way featured on the food network...and any in Cleveland that we should check out. Before heading to Cleveland, we may go to Canton to the Football Hall of Fame...any info would be great. Thank you

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Are you coming on I-76 or I-80? If I-76, perhaps check out Fallingwater near the Donegal exit. You'll need reservations in advance. I-76 should have stretches of fall colors and I-80 should be wall-to-wall Leaf Turn. However, as of today, Leaf Turn has barely started where I live east of Cleveland.

There are definitely parks along both interstates, but I've never stopped at any of them. Perhaps post on the Pittsburgh or the PA forums for suggestions.

See Canton and Ohio Amish Country in the following link. The heart of Ohio Amish Country is just southwest of Canton. Also check out the Mohican Region, especially Malabar Farm State Park. Malabar may have some interesting events this weekend. Holden Arboretum just east of Cleveland (see Kirtland) is drop dead gorgeous at this time of year. Unfortunately, Cuyahoga Valley National Park likely will be closed if the shutdown continues.

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Ohio Amish County is the world's largest Amish community and is beautiful, but crowded on weekends, during Leaf Turn.

Here's a Cleveland dining travel article. Places to check out would include Momocho, Sokolowski's University Inn, Melt Bar & Grilled in Lakewood, and Steve's Gyros at the West Side Market, for cable food network venues that come to mind quickly. Other similar destinations might include the Happy Dog, Sweet Moses, and Greenhouse Tavern on East 4th St. (pig's head). Great Lakes Brewery in the market district is famed, but the new Market Garden Brewery also is good.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g50207-s501/Cleveland…

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If you like Hungarian, the Balaton on Shaker Square (see discussion in the dining travel article) is a favorite. You can take either the Green or Blue rail rapid line to Shaker Square from the Tower City rail rapid hub.

Have fun!

Edited: 08 October 2013, 23:49
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http://fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov/

In the vicinity of Canton is Youngstown. Check out the Cleveland day trips travel article for Mill Creek Park and Lanterman's Mill, another excellent natural destination.

http://www.millcreekmetroparks.com/ParksFacilities/nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbspLantermansMill/tabid/1522/Default.aspx

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3. Re: Fall Foliage

Thank you very much.

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4. Re: Fall Foliage

Just thinking, if you shoot north to I-80, you may have more fall foliage along the highway just from being another hour or so north before heading west across PA... (Google Maps says it's only another 19 miles.)

http://goo.gl/maps/vsLdM

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If Punderson State Park in northeast Ohio was near peak color on Oct. 2, as indicated in the following map, you should experience a lot of fall color on this coming weekend.

…discoverohio.com/autumnadventures/FallColor…

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If you come across I80, you will see great foliage all across PA but especially from the State College exits west. Let me suggest stopping at Cook's Forest ( a short ride from Clarion, PA exits). Its a beautiful area that should have its leaves out in full brilliance.

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I would agree with the Cook's Forrest suggestion. Here is the above linked map, with a side trip to Cook's Forrest: http://goo.gl/maps/rojCv

If you are willing to spend an extra couple hours, I would also suggest heading north to the Tionesta Creek and Allegheny River. Very beautiful this time of year. I would suggest some places in the Allegheny National Forrest south of Warren, but I don't know what Forrest roads will be open or closed due to the political junk going on... http://goo.gl/maps/kxM6C

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8. Re: Fall Foliage

How much time do you have on this trip? My impression is that it is just a weekend trip.

Allegheny National Forest is very beautiful during Leaf Turn and has some great hiking trails, but it would be a more significant detour from I-80.

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Indeed, the difference in the I-80 map I linked earlier and the trip to the river an extra two hours:

http://goo.gl/maps/iYwYt

http://goo.gl/maps/3tlDu

Edited: 10 October 2013, 18:07
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10. Re: Fall Foliage

Just returned from Holden Arboretum in Kirkland Ohio which is not too far east of Cleveland. (holdenarb.org). It is one of the nation's largest and was lovely with its masses of purple asters, woodland trails and lake reflecting leaves that are just changing colors.