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Say goodbye to heat and humidity and hello to cooler temperatures ... and air that is easier to breathe. With pleasant weather comes the urge to get outside and get active. Check out several of the areas best hiking locations. Those feeling adventurous enough to spend a few days outside can set up camp at local campgrounds, such as Bull Run Regional Park, Shenandoah National Park or Harpers Ferry. Just make sure to pack the graham crackers and marshmallows. Nothing says a fall night like a campfire and a smoky, melty smore. And if you want to take in the areas views on two wheels, a new app, called TrailLink, allows users to search area bike trails by zip code, Del Ray Patch reports. (Thinkstock)

Say goodbye to heat and humidity and hello to cooler temperatures ... and air that is easier to breathe. With pleasant weather comes the urge to get outside and get active.

Check out several of the areas best hiking locations. Those feeling adventurous enough to spend a few days outside can set up camp at local campgrounds, such as Bull Run Regional Park, Shenandoah National Park or Harpers Ferry.

Just make sure to pack the graham crackers and marshmallows. Nothing says a fall night like a campfire and a smoky, melty s'more.

And if you want to take in the area's views on two wheels, a new app, called TrailLink, allows users to search area bike trails by zip code, Del Ray Patch reports. (Thinkstock)
Fall is also a time for many festivals in the Washington region. From food and wine events, to street fairs and Oktoberfest, plenty is planned. This year, check out the H Street Festival on Sept. 21 for a day packed with arts and entertainment. Now through October, travel back in time at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Anne Arundel County. Crystal Citys annual wine and food event, Sip and Salsa, takes place Sept. 15, and Festival Latino 2013 takes place in D.C. on Sept. 22. Several local areas celebrate Oktoberfest. Check out the events planned in Frederick, Md., Lovettsville, Va., and Germantown, Md. Later in the season, catch an outdoor fall fair, holiday decorations and antique furniture at the Old Lucketts Store Holiday Open House. (Getty Images)

Fall is also a time for many festivals in the Washington region. From food and wine events, to street fairs and Oktoberfest, plenty is planned.

This year, check out the H Street Festival on Sept. 21 for a day packed with arts and entertainment. Now through October, travel back in time at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Anne Arundel County.

Crystal City's annual wine and food event, Sip and Salsa, takes place Sept. 15, and Festival Latino 2013 takes place in D.C. on Sept. 22.

Several local areas celebrate Oktoberfest. Check out the events planned in Frederick, Md., Lovettsville, Va., and Germantown, Md.

Later in the season, catch an outdoor fall fair, holiday decorations and antique furniture at the Old Lucketts Store Holiday Open House. (Getty Images)
Apple pie, pumpkin bread and doughnuts with hot cider. Nothing screams fall like the seasons flavors. Frequent WTOP contributor Mary Beth Albright, a local food expert and food lawyer, shares a few of her favorite fall dishes on the following slides. (Thinkstock)

Apple pie, pumpkin bread and doughnuts with hot cider. Nothing screams fall like the season's flavors.

Frequent WTOP contributor Mary Beth Albright, a local food expert and food lawyer, shares a few of her favorite fall dishes on the following slides. (Thinkstock)
Ingredients 1 ˝ lb whole butternut squash 2 tbsp. melted unsalted butter 1 tbsp. real maple syrup 18 tsp. salt Pinch of nutmeg Pinch of cinnamon Peel the squash with a vegetable peeler and cut in half with a large, sharp knife. Scoop the seeds out with a spoon or your hand and cut the squash into 1-inch cubes. Place in a baking pan and toss with butter, syrup and salt. Roast for 45 minutes or until the squash is tender, shaking the pan a couple of times during cooking to keep squash coated. Before serving, toss with nutmeg and cinnamon. The dish is fantastic with pork. (Thinkstock)

Ingredients:

1 ˝ lb whole butternut squash

2 tbsp. melted unsalted butter

1 tbsp. real maple syrup

1/8 tsp. salt

Pinch of nutmeg

Pinch of cinnamon

Peel the squash with a vegetable peeler and cut in half with a large, sharp knife. Scoop the seeds out with a spoon or your hand and cut the squash into 1-inch cubes.

Place in a baking pan and toss with butter, syrup and salt. Roast for 45 minutes or until the squash is tender, shaking the pan a couple of times during cooking to keep squash coated.

Before serving, toss with nutmeg and cinnamon. The dish is fantastic with pork. (Thinkstock)

Ingredients 1 ˝ tbsp. butter ˝ cup chopped onion ˝ lb. sliced mushrooms 2 tbsp. flour 1 tbsp. curry powder 3 cups chicken broth 1 lb. pureed pumpkin (if in a can, make sure it is not pumpkin pie filling) 1 tbsp. honey 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. pepper 1 cup milk In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and sauté the onion and mushrooms until tender. Add flour and curry powder and cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly. Add stock and stir until the flour and curry are well incorporated into the stock. Stir in pumpkin, honey, salt, and pepper and cook on medium low heat for about 15 minutes. Add milk and cook until soup is just heated through. Serve warm. To make pumpkin puree, cut a whole pumpkin into large wedges and remove seeds. Roast, cut side up, on a baking sheet in a 400-degree oven for about 45 minutes, or until pumpkin flesh is tender. With a spoon, remove pumpkin flesh from the hard rind and discard rind. Mash the flesh with a fork et voila -- pumpkin puree. (Getty Images)

Ingredients:

1 ˝ tbsp. butter

˝ cup chopped onion

˝ lb. sliced mushrooms

2 tbsp. flour

1 tbsp. curry powder

3 cups chicken broth

1 lb. pureed pumpkin (if in a can, make sure it is not pumpkin pie filling)

1 tbsp. honey

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

1 cup milk

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and sauté the onion and mushrooms until tender.

Add flour and curry powder and cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly. Add stock and stir until the flour and curry are well incorporated into the stock. Stir in pumpkin, honey, salt, and pepper and cook on medium low heat for about 15 minutes. Add milk and cook until soup is just heated through. Serve warm.

*To make pumpkin puree, cut a whole pumpkin into large wedges and remove seeds. Roast, cut side up, on a baking sheet in a 400-degree oven for about 45 minutes, or until pumpkin flesh is tender. With a spoon, remove pumpkin flesh from the hard rind and discard rind. Mash the flesh with a fork et voila -- pumpkin puree. (Getty Images)

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Fantasy leagues, high school lights, college games and Sunday tickets. Fall is football season The Redskins kick off the regular season on Monday, Sept. 9 and the Ravens begin the teams season on Thursday, Sept. 5. And while tackles and touchdowns rule the D.C. area, the other kind of football is also in full swing and gaining popularity. The English Premier League started its season on Aug. 17. For the first time in the U.S., NBC Sports will show all of the Premier League games on the NBC family of networks. Catch a game online, on TV or at a local pub. (Getty Images)

Fantasy leagues, high school lights, college games and Sunday tickets. Fall is football season!

The Redskins kick off the regular season on Monday, Sept. 9 and the Ravens begin the team's season on Thursday, Sept. 5. And while tackles and touchdowns rule the D.C. area, the other kind of football is also in full swing and gaining popularity.

The English Premier League started its season on Aug. 17. For the first time in the U.S., NBC Sports will show all of the Premier League games on the NBC family of networks. Catch a game online, on TV or at a local pub. (Getty Images)
Fall foliage apple picking hayrides the perfect outing with friends and family. And there are plenty of farms and orchards in the D.C. area that offer these activities. Hartland Orchard in Markham, Va., is set in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers pick-your-own fruit. Visitors can expect to see seven varieties of apples in September, as well as pumpkins, cider and honey. In Maryland, Larriland Farm also offers pick-your-own fruit, as well as a variety of seasonal activities, such as a straw maze and hayrides. (Getty Images)

Fall foliage + apple picking + hayrides = the perfect outing with friends and family.

And there are plenty of farms and orchards in the D.C. area that offer these activities. Hartland Orchard in Markham, Va., is set in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers pick-your-own fruit. Visitors can expect to see seven varieties of apples in September, as well as pumpkins, cider and honey.

In Maryland, Larriland Farm also offers pick-your-own fruit, as well as a variety of seasonal activities, such as a straw maze and hayrides. (Getty Images)
Fall also brings a new season of entertainment. New shows are scheduled, old shows are returning and long-time favorites are coming to an end. Yes, thats right. Kids, we will finally meet the mother. TV Guide offers a list of the must-watch new shows for fall, as well as a recap of returning shows Whats going to make your TV calendar (Getty Images)

Fall also brings a new season of entertainment. New shows are scheduled, old shows are returning and long-time favorites are coming to an end. Yes, that's right. Kids, we will finally meet the mother.

TV Guide offers a list of the must-watch new shows for fall, as well as a recap of returning shows What's going to make your TV calendar? (Getty Images)
Fall ushers in the liberal use of pumpkin in coffee shop staples, from the beans, to syrups, muffins and more. Pumpkin spice latte, anyone Yes, please. (Getty Images)

Fall ushers in the liberal use of pumpkin in coffee shop staples, from the beans, to syrups, muffins and more. Pumpkin spice latte, anyone? Yes, please. (Getty Images)
Goodbye shorts and bathing suits. Hello leggings and riding boots. Sweater weather is just around the corner, so its time to put away your skimpy summer outfits and embrace the cozier, heartier styles of fall. Or at least just be thankful you can walk to work from the Metro without sweating through your dress. (Thinkstock)

Goodbye shorts and bathing suits. Hello leggings and riding boots. Sweater weather is just around the corner, so it's time to put away your skimpy summer outfits and embrace the cozier, heartier styles of fall. Or at least just be thankful you can walk to work from the Metro without sweating through your dress. (Thinkstock)
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