First you pick the orchard, then you pick the apples.
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As soon as September 1 hits, it’s all about apples. Dreaming about apple pie, sipping hot apple cider, your favorite apple recipes, and, of course, picking apples at an orchard. And despite the challenges and canceled plans we’ve all had to face this year, we can at least be grateful apple-picking remains one of the safer activities to enjoy outdoors this fall. In fact, whether you stay local or take a (domestic) autumn getaway, an apple-picking outing is a pretty ideal way to celebrate the season and stay safe—just make sure to avoid massive crowds and bring a mask.

So, where to for the best harvest, hayrides, and cider? There are so many fabulous small farms and orchards across the country that open their doors (gates?) to fruit-collecting visitors every fall. We're guessing there's one not too far of a drive from where you live. If you won't settle for anything less than the best, Yelp has pulled together a top-50 list, based on venues with an exceptionally high volume of stellar Yelp reviews.

“Each [of these] apple picking destinations is open for the 2020 season, though opening dates vary, and many are functioning on limited hours and new requirements for guests, like face masks and social distancing,” Yelp shared in its report. The smart move? Check out the farm’s website or give them a call for more information on COVID-19 safety protocols, peak times, and other timely details.

Without further ado, check out the best places to go apple picking in the U.S. by state (in alphabetical order), and get ready for an epic excursion full of crisp apples, hot cider, and spiced doughnuts.

The 50 Best Spots for Apple Picking in the US, According to Yelp
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