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Frederick, MD

Population: 67,421
C. Kurt Holter/Visit Frederick

Why It’s an Amazing Fall Destination: Frederick has everything you need for a picturesque fall day — from an idyllic downtown that has been named one of America’s Best Neighborhoods to Catoctin Mountain Orchard, where you can pick your own apples and snap selfies in front of the giant pumpkin pyramid.

Where to Spot the Best Fall Colors: There are 25 miles of walking and hiking trails at the beautiful Catoctin Mountain Park, and the especially stunning seasonal sights can be found atop Hog Rock and Chimney Rock, which offer panoramic views from 1,600 feet and 1,400 feet, respectively.

What to Eat and Drink: You don’t have to be vegan to appreciate all that Glory Dough & Diner has to offer, from savory salads and sandwiches to innovative doughnuts in seasonal flavors like Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Oreo and Spooky Chocolate (it comes with vampire fangs!).

And While You’re There…: Don’t sleep on the covered bridge driving tour, where you can see the Utica, Loy’s Station and Roddy Road, three covered bridges that were all built in the 1800s. Just like in “Beetlejuice”! (But without a visit to the afterworld.)