This is why leaves change color each fall
The fall foliage we see each autumn is thanks to a lot of science.
While many are not excited to see summer come to a close, we do have the fun of fall festivities to look forward to. 10Best is looking for the best fall destinations, attractions and experiences – and we need your help.
Vote for your fall favorites once per day, per category to help us crown a winner. The contest closes on Monday, August 30 at noon ET, and the winners will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, September 10 (just in time for the start of fall).
Click on each category below to vote:
Best Apple Orchard
The United States’ first apple orchard was planted in 1625 near Boston’s Beacon Hill. Today, there are more than 7,500 growers producing apples across all 50 states, according to the U.S. Apple Association. That’s 240 million bushels of apples each year.
To help with the harvest, many orchards open their gates for visitors to come and pick their own, often with added autumn entertainment. Which of these nominated apple orchards is your favorite?
Vote: Best Apple Orchard »
Best Corn Maze
Each autumn, farms across the United States transform their cornfields into interactive mazes, perfect for a fall family outing. There are more than 500 of these mazes across the nation, but 10Best Editors, along with a panel of experts, have narrowed it down to 20 of the most exemplary, both for the quality of the maze itself and for the wealth of other activities on offer. Vote for your favorite corn maze!
Vote: Best Corn Maze »
Best Destination for Fall Foliage
For many, the only thing that takes the sting away from the end of summer is the anticipation of the beautiful autumnal colors. The leaf-peeping season is not far off and we’re in search of the Best Destination for Fall Foliage.
Our editors partnered with a panel of experts to help us select 20 of the best destinations for fall foliage and now we need your help narrowing it down to the 10 best. Vote once per day until voting ends on Monday, August 30 at noon ET.
Vote: Best Destination for Fall Foliage »
Best Escape Room
For well over a decade, the escape room craze has been taking the world by storm. From escaping laboratories and horror movie sets to archaeological dig sites, there are thousands of these physical adventure games around the globe. We selected 20 of our favorite game facilities in the U.S., and now we need you to help us select the 10 best.
Vote: Best Escape Room »
Best Ghost Tour
Where there’s history, there are often haunts. Ghost tours offer thrills and chills, but also a unique insight into the history of a destination and the people who’ve lived there (and maybe still do). With the help of a panel of experts, we’ve picked out 20 tours from coast to coast as nominees for Best Ghost Tour, and now we need your help naming a winner!
Vote: Best Ghost Tour »
Best Haunted Attraction
Halloween is all about wild and wacky costumes, horror movies, haunted houses and celebrating all things scary, so we’re searching for the best haunted attractions across the U.S. These haunted houses offer the best actors, set designs, special effects and value for money. Help us select the 10 best by voting for your favorite.
Vote: Best Haunted Attraction »
Best Haunted Destination
The United States is filled with purportedly haunted locations, each with its own ghost stories and paranormal occurrences. Vote once per day for your favorite haunted destination until voting ends on Monday, August 30 at noon ET. The 10 best will be announced on Friday, September 10.
Vote: Best Haunted Destination »
Best Haunted Hotel
Ghostly apparitions, faucets turning off and on, flickering lights, and eerie sounds are just a few of the things you may encounter at one of these hotels, where certain guests have checked in but never checked out. Which one gets your vote?
Vote: Best Haunted Hotel »
Best Theme Park Halloween Event
Looking for a family-friendly scare this Halloween? Theme parks across the country are hosting ghoulish events to celebrate the season, and you’re invited. We asked a panel of experts to pick their favorite Halloween events, and now we need your help selecting the 10 best.
Vote: Best Theme Park Halloween Event »
Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, September 10.
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