The best thing to do in every state this fall

SOUTH CAROLINA: Clemson University or University of South Carolina football game

SOUTH CAROLINA: Clemson University or University of South Carolina football game
Football season is in full swing.
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It's fitting that one of Clemson University's official colors is orange, because fall is the time to enjoy school spirit, football, and the outdoors in South Carolina.

Football is also big at the University of South Carolina, so no matter where you go in the state, you won't be far from a game and epic tailgate.

SOUTH DAKOTA: Custer State Park in Custer

SOUTH DAKOTA: Custer State Park in Custer
Custer State Park is a great place to catch a glimpse of Buffalo and more of South Dakota's wildlife.
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Custer State Park is one of the nation's largest national parks at 71,000 acres, and home to the Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival from September 28 to 30.

The festival features hundreds of local vendors selling arts, crafts, and local food, but the highlight is the buffalo roundup, in which cowboys and cowgirls herd 1,300 buffalo. According to the state park's website, you'll "feel the thunder" of the buffalo as they pass.

TENNESSEE: Cheekwood Harvest in Nashville

TENNESSEE: Cheekwood Harvest in Nashville
The Cheekwood Estate and Gardens celebrates fall with its Harvest Festival.
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Over 5,000 chrysanthemums are planted every year for the Cheekwood Harvest, a six-week-long festival celebrating fall. The festival features a pumpkin house and patch for children, a beer garden for adults, and a "Halloween Pooch Parade" for pups and their owners.

UTAH: Snowbird Oktoberfest in Salt Lake County

UTAH: Snowbird Oktoberfest in Salt Lake County
Snowbird is full of activities beyond skiing.
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If you can't make it to Germany for an Oktoberfest celebration, check out Snowbird's version, which has been voted one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in the US. With over 60,000 visitors, it is one of the largest festivals in Utah. This year, it takes place every Saturday and Sunday from August 12 through October 15, including Labor Day.

VERMONT: The Green Mountain Byway (Route 100)

VERMONT: The Green Mountain Byway [Route 100)
Vermont is famous for its beautiful fall colors.
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Vermont is the holy grail of autumn colors in the east as it is almost 80% forest. In fact, local newspapers even track the foliage. This 220-mile route dissects almost the entire state, meandering across sloping mountains, dipping valleys, green pastures, farmlands and forests, all ablaze in shades of yellow, orange, and red. Partake in cider tastings and apple picking in rural villages and old-fashioned general stores, and nosh on local fare like Ben and Jerry's, Cabot Cheese and Lake Champlain Chocolates.

WISCONSIN: Bayfield Apple Fest in Bayfield

WISCONSIN: Bayfield Apple Fest in Bayfield
If you love apples, Bayfield Apple Fest is a must this season.
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Apples are crucial to many classic fall treats — apple pie, apple cider, and caramel apples, to name a few. At the 56th annual Bayfield Apple Fest in Bayfield, Wisconsin, you can find all of these treats, as well as a parade, live music, and games.

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