Celebrate Fall Foliage at These 3 Military Installations

Wed, Nov 02, 2016 @ 08:11 AM Danielle Keech Travel Tips

Bremen_.pngFall is my favorite time of year!

I am well aware that I add to the pre-existing stereotype, but it's the truth. Fall is absolutely wonderful! I am certain that many of you are rolling your eyes right now, while others are comforted as I express your own sentiments. The fall season means relief from the summer heat, it smells like pumpkins and cinnamon, and it means we can wear boots and cardigans once again. Fall means leaving the house and not sweating from the oppressive heat and humidity.

Fall is about baking cookies, opening windows, and taking in the beautiful scenery!

Some of us have to drive home or vacation to appreciate the joys of fall, hear the crunching of leaves beneath our feet, or take in the beautiful hues of trees changing, while other, more fortunate people live in ideal fall locations, or what I personally like to call, heaven.

Wherever you're stationed, come along and take a fall tour across the country with these 3 military installations!


1) Ft. Drum, New York  

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If you're stationed in upstate New York at Army Installation Fort Drum, you don’t have to go far to enjoy this glorious season.

Military Presence

According to its home website, “Fort Drum, [is] home of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), located in northern New York's picturesque North Country. The installation is in the middle of one of the most historically unique and geographically beautiful areas of the United States.” It's located just 30 miles from the Canadian border, 30 miles East of Lake Ontario, and slightly west of the Adirondack Mountains, as well as numerous state forests.

Things to Do

Fort Drum has more to offer than beautiful scenery! If you're getting ready to PCS there, take a look at Military Town Advisor's post, Fun Things to do Near Ft. Drum, NY.  When you get to town, check out Uncle Sam Boat Tours, Boldt CastleBlack River Drive-in movies, splash pads, wineries, farmers markets, and Adirondack River Outfitters for some white water rafting.

If your spouse is anything like mine and these outings don't appeal to them, you can reassure them that hunting is legal in the state of New York and point them to the list of the regulations at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Housing and More Information 

Find out about Ft. Drum military housing, as well as view homes for sale or rent near Ft. Drum on MilitaryByOwner. 

Whether you know someone who already lives in the area or need to find out more about Ft. Hood, take a look at Military Town Advisor's information for Fort Drum. This website provides insight into duty station locations with reviews of housing, restaurants, things to do, and desirable areas in order to give advice to the next family moving to the area. Military Town Advisor works best if we all contribute reviews, so if you have some time, write a review and start earning points with the new Military Town Advisor rewards system!

Related: Write Reviews and Earn Rewards with Military Town Advisor!  

2) Luke Air Force Base, Arizona

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Another base that you may not realize has beautiful fall foliage nearby is Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

Military Presence

Located west of Phoenix, Luke Air Force Base is home to the 56th Fighter Wing, the largest FW in the world and the Air Force’s only active duty F-16 training wing. As part of Air Education and Training Command, the 56th graduates hundreds of air control professionals annually.

Things to Do

Though the base is located in the desert, it's just a short two-hour drive from Sedona, Arizona, also known as Red Rock Country. According to the Gateway to Sedona, “Sedona is now recognized as a favorite US Southwest vacation destination. Drawn first by the incredible scenery, visitors look forward to the many activities and experiences they can have in Sedona. For outdoor fun, there's hiking or biking along beautiful, well marked trails, jeep and other scenic tours, and golf.”

If you want to see the beautiful hues of fall consume Red Rock Country, the peak color season runs from mid-October to early November. 

Housing and More Information

Learn more about military housing at Luke AFB and peruse Luke AFB houses for sale or rent on MilitaryByOwner. 

To find out more information about Luke AFB, check out its home page on Military Town Advisor.

3) USCG Station Portland, Oregon   

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If you've ever visited the state of Oregon, you know that it is absolutely beautiful! Listed as one of the Best Fall Foliage drives in the state, Portland, Oregon is even more beautiful this time of year.

Military Presence

According to its website, “USCG Station Portland is manned 365 days a year, 24 hours a day for response to Search and Rescue Emergencies, Recreational Boating Safety, and Homeland Security Missions.”

Things To Do  

Portland is not just another pretty city. The area has a great deal to offer, whether you live there or are just visiting. Some of Portland’s must-see places include the Oregon Zoo, Portland Farmers Market, and the Portland Japanese Garden.

Travel Portland has a great deal of other activities listed that you must see when you are in town. Beyond the local tourism, the Portland area has a lot to offer outdoors. Located nearby is Silver Falls State Park, Forest Park, and many outdoor trails for hiking and running to get you moving. The landscape is beautiful year round, but if you're looking to enjoy the warm colors of autumn, it's best to plan your time outside in October.

Housing and More Information

At this time, MilitaryByOwner Advertising does not have any listings for the Portland, Oregon area. You can, however, visit the USCG Station Portland homepage for more information. If you live in the Portland area and are getting ready to PCS, use any one of MilitaryByOwner’s three residential advertising packages to list your home for sale or rent! We understand this may be your first time advertising your home, so please don't hesitate to call our customer service or take advantage of our online chat if you have any questions at all. We're excited to work with you!

Whether you live in one of these locations or you've stared at photos pretending it's fall, you can still make an effort to enjoy your favorite things. For example, since I live in the South, I crank the air conditioning up in our house just so I can wear a hoodie in the evenings. I also bake cookies and get a fall smelling air freshener that reminds me of autumn.

Just because your surroundings don't meet your traditional expectations of fall doesn't mean you can't keep up with your favorite fall traditions!

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