People who want to get out of the car and onto the trails can take a fall foliage tour with Country Walkers, an adventure travel company that's based in Vermont and has been running trips for nearly three decades.
They still have a few slots open on some of their 2007 Vermont foliage trips. Five-night trips cost about $2,100. Call (800) 464-9255 to find out more or go to Country Walkers web site at www.countrywalkers.com. The price includes meals, lodging, etc. Guests fly into Burlington. United Airlines has direct flights from Chicago to Burlington daily.
It's not too early to reserve a spot for the 2008 Vermont foliage tours because they tend to fill up pretty fast. Next year, Country Walkers also is offering a women's only Vermont trip. Visit countrywalkers.com for details or call the number above to have a new 2008 catalog sent to you.
The company, which caters largely to Baby Boomers, has a few new walking tours you may want to check out in 2008. One is to Bulgaria and the other is to China -- an extremely hot destination these days. The company also is focusing on women only trips, which are growing in popularity.
Overall, I'd say most Country Walkers trips are a good option for people who want to have some moderate exercise while having ample time to relax and soak up the sights. You don't need to be young or a hard-core hiker to do most of these excursions. (Although some are more difficult physically, like the Mont Blanc trip.)
If you've taken a good group hiking trip lately, tell me about it...