5 free apps for fall fun: Bake an apple pie, take a hike and more
Be-leaf us, you're going to have a gourd time.
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Fall often comes with a number of cliched attributes -- pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks, flannel shirts and taking perfectly timed photos with friends at pumpkin patches. But that doesn't change the fact that many people are looking for recipes, crafts, hikes and outdoor activities to get into the fall spirit.
No matter what autumn looks like to you, these apps can help you get into the season and find some fun things to do before winter sets in.
Speaking of food, BigOven is packed with recipes for gatherings, dinner, quick snacks and comfort food. You can use the website or apps year-round to find the perfect dish. Once the leaves start changing, it's as easy as searching "fall," and BigOven will turn up mouthwatering images for spiced apple pie, hot and spicy chili, pumpkin cookies and plenty more.
BigOven is free as a guest to look up recipes. With a free account, you can also save recipes and get printer-friendly versions. There's also a pro version with meal-planning and grocery list tools.
Depending on where you live, your location may or may not have an app. Better-known spots like Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, the Smoky Mountains and others do. But even if your local park doesn't have an app, you can check out its website to learn more about hiking trails and seasonal events.
The AllTrails app can be a complementary app if you're headed to a park. The app is useful if you're looking for a challenging hike, somewhere new to walk your dog, or you want to get an eyeful of the vibrant fall leaves.
AllTrails has GPS trail maps, downloadable offline maps and topographic maps. You can specify mountain biking trails, running or hiking, finding a hiking community, trail running and more. It's a useful app for exercise enthusiasts and adventurers but still manageable if you want to keep it casual.
If you're headed outdoors, the AccuWeather app will make sure your plans aren't derailed by cold snaps, warm-ups, rain or anything else. The app pinpoints your location to provide weather data and updates every minute. You can keep track of a forecast for two weeks in advance, in case you're trying to plan ahead for the kids' fall break.
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