Washington among best states for fall visits

Washington among best states for fall visits

LawnStarter, a national lawncare company that also takes an interest in researching lifestyle and consumer topics, recently ranked the 50 states in order of how much they offer to visitors and sightseers in the fall. The rankings are based on 15 factors, including the number of national and state parks, corn mazes, and wineries—even the projected number of weeks each state will produce fall foliage for taking “postcard-perfect pictures,” a spokesman said. And Washington, at number, 9 cracked the top 10.

Also in the top 10, from first to 10th, are Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, California, Wyoming, Alaska, Oregon, Montana, and Connecticut.

Washington does well because of high scores in some individual factors: Second in wineries per 100,000 residents, fifth in number of scenic drives, third in number of parks, and 17th in corn mazes per 100,000 residents.

Ranked first in some of those considerations is California in most scenic drives, Oregon in wineries per 100,000 residents, and Wyoming in most hiking trails per 100,000 residents.

All of the rankings and stats nationally are at www.lawnstarter.com.

State Route 14 in Skamania County, running beside the Columbia River and also known as the Lewis and Clark Trail, is one of the routes in Washington that makes the state the fifth-best nationally for scenic drives. California is the highest-ranked state.