Fall Traditions in the United States
When the weather gets colder and the leaves turn bright shades of red and yellow, we know that fall is finally here. In the United States, fall is an exciting time of year with customs that all Americans enjoy. Let’s look at some of the unique traditions, activities, and foods that people across America look forward to each year.
Going to the pumpkin patch
In the United States, pumpkins are one of the main symbols of fall. We cook with them, carve them, and put them in our homes for decoration. Towards the end of September through the middle of November, people of all ages flock to pumpkin patches to celebrate the new season.

A pumpkin patch is a large field where you can go to pick pumpkins to take home with you. The pumpkins can either be used for decoration on your front porch, or sometimes people like to carve faces into them to make jack-o-lanterns. But, you won’t just find pumpkins here. It’s common for pumpkin patches to have corn mazes, where you can spend all day getting lost among the stalks of corn.

You can also take a hay ride, in which a truck will pull you around the pumpkin patch while you relax on a trailer covered with hay. You’ll also likely find farm animals, such as goats or pigs, that you can feed or pet. If you find yourself in the U.S. during the fall, you can easily spend a whole day at the pumpkin patch, and bring home some pumpkins and great memories.
Apple picking
In many parts of the United States, fall is known as the season for apple picking. It’s a fun activity to do with your family, friends, or significant other. At the orchard, you can walk up and down rows of trees, and fill up your basket with apples. You can also usually buy fresh apple cider, apple donuts, and apple pie to enjoy at the orchard or to bring home with you. Of course, you can buy apples at the grocery store year-round, but isn’t it more fun to pick your own with friends?

Some orchards even have activities just for adults too, such as live music or hard cider and beer made on site. No matter how old you are, you’re sure to have a great time at the apple orchard.
Getting out in nature
No matter where you live in the United States, you likely live a short drive away from beautiful natural scenery. It’s popular for Americans to take advantage of the cooler weather and stunning fall foliage by driving through scenic routes, going for hikes, or camping.

Some popular destinations include Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and Acadia National Park in Maine, but each state has unique places where you can experience fall to the fullest. You might even run into some native animals, like black bears, owls, or deer on your trip.

Fall is by far the most popular time for Americans to get outside. The weather is perfect, the views are incredible, and you’ll make memories to last a lifetime.
Indulging in seasonal treats
In the fall, it’s popular to cook and bake using seasonal fruits and vegetables, such as apples, pumpkins, squash, and more. You can try making these recipes at home, or look for them at a local grocery store. For lunch or dinner, soups and stews using squash, corn, and mushrooms provide comfort on a chilly October evening.

But to many people, the most exciting part about the arrival of fall is the array of yummy desserts. Apple pie, pumpkin pie, and pecan pie are staples in American kitchens throughout fall, although you can find them in bakeries and grocery stores as well.

Other popular treats include caramel or candied apples, and s’mores, chocolatey marshmallow treats that you roast over a bonfire. Whether you’re looking for something sweet or savory, there are countless seasonal treats to satisfy your cravings.
Wherever you are in America, fall is a time to get cozy, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy the beautiful weather. If you’re in the U.S. from September to November, try checking out these activities and exploring the unique regional traditions across the country during this beautiful time of year.
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