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Best Places To See Autumn Leaves In Baltimore

October 13, 2012 5:00 AM

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Take advantage of the last days of comfortable weather before the harsh winter arrives. Enjoy fall drives that promise perfect foliage and all of the pretty little pit stops you can handle. From the zoo to area state parks, these are the best places to see fall leaves in Baltimore.
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Maryland Zoo

Druid Hill Park
Baltimore, Md. 21217
(410) 396-7102
www.marylandzoo.org
Click here for ticket pricing.

Heading north on 83, take the Druid Lake Park Drive exit to Druid Hill Park. Housed within this magnificent, inner-city forest is none other than the Maryland Zoo, home to a wide variety of exotic animals, making this one of the more unique settings to view the changing season. After passing through the main gate to purchase tickets, instead of being shuttled over to the zoo entrance, take the walking path to enjoy the quiet, colorful scenery. Keep Saturday, Oct. 20 in mind as the zoo hosts “OktoBearfest” to celebrate the season with German food, festivities and fun.

Related: Best Zoos And Aquariums In Baltimore

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Patapsco Valley State Park

8020 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, Md. 21043
(410) 461-5005
www.dnr.state.md.us

Follow Druid Hill Drive south to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and then take Route 40 west for about five miles to reach the Patapsco Valley State Park in historic Ellicott City. A natural oasis of vibrant colors and picturesque waterfalls greets you, complete with land and water activities. The Patapsco River allows for fishing and boating as well as hiking beautiful trails to capture interesting pictures at the top of the many cliffs. Bring along your picnic basket, but remember to help maintain and protect the area by leaving only footprints and taking only pictures.

Double T Diner

6300 Baltimore National Pike
Catonsville, Md. 21228
(410) 744-4151
www.doubletdiner.com

Enjoying the brilliant scenery can be tiring, so a two-mile drive east on Route 40 will take you to a great rest stop. If you love the diner atmosphere, take a quick break at this famous diner, serving the area since 1959. Grab any of your favorites, whether breakfasts, soups and salads, sandwiches, or surf and turf, available 24 hours a day for the perfect road trip pit stop.

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Loch Raven Reservoir

12101 Dulaney Valley Road
Timonium, Md. 21131
www.baltimorecountymd.gov

Follow Route 40 back east until you reach the Beltway, then take 695 north for 15 miles to the Dulaney Valley Road exit. Take that road north for five miles to reach the Loch Raven Reservoir. Driving by the lush trees bordering the clear waters is simultaneously eye-catching and calming. Stop at the fishing center, stocked with fishing supplies and boats available to rent, to continue the relaxing outing. This is also the best time of year to catch glimpses of wildlife and birds in their natural habitat before winter sets in.

Related: Best Parks For Kids In Baltimore

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The Grille at Peerce’s

12460 Dulaney Valley Road
Phoenix, Md. 21131
(410) 252-7111
www.thegrilleatpeerces.com

If you’re looking for a more upscale restaurant with a still casual atmosphere, continue to enjoy the rich scenery at the popular Grille at Peerce’s. Unwind with its impeccable service and indulge in delicious American classics with the backdrop of a peaceful country setting. Weather permitting, sit on the outdoor patio for great views of the changing leaves and wildlife.

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Gunpowder Falls State Park

2813 Jerusalem Road
Kingsville, Md. 21087
(410) 592-2897
www.dnr.state.md.us

Return to the Beltway and follow 695 east for six miles. Take Route 1 north for about eight miles to Gunpowder Falls State Park. Here is the perfect end to a day of sight-seeing nature’s beauty. View the intense colors of these protected forests on scenic trails where you can bring along your leashed pet. Trees reflect fiery and bright in the trickling creeks, painting an inspiring picture best seen in person.

Pam Smith graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in English and a passion for writing. Her adaptive nature led her to work in the scientific, energy supply, and business industries while writing on a multitude of topics for various online media. Pam currently resides in Baltimore County. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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