Pumpkins and chocolate in Pennsylvania

October is simply one of the best months for RVing. The weather is cool but not too cold, the leaves begin to change color, and many small towns begin hosting festivals and other events that provide interesting diversions for the RVer. If this sounds like your type of trip, there's possibly no better part of the country to explore than southern Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia is a good starting point for your journey, according to National Geographic. Find Route 30 and take this road out west toward the city of Lancaster. You'll pass through Amish country on the way, so if you've ever wanted to see how these interesting people live, here's your chance. This area is also filled with campgrounds for those who want to relax and take a break from traveling.

Try to plan your trip so that you are in Lancaster for October 8th. That date marks the 52nd Annual Harvest Day's Festival at the Landis Valley Museum, which is one of the most popular in all of Pennsylvania. Travelers come from far and wide for this gathering that celebrates the culture of rural Pennsylvania. You'll be able to witness demonstrations from all types of skilled workers, and there are family-friendly activities like hay cart rides and bobbing for apples.

Of course, one of the true reasons to attend is the food. The apples from this part of the country are especially delicious, but it's the pumpkins that draw people to the festival. You'll have the choice of any number of these gourds, whether you're planning a meal or want to prepare for Halloween.

The very next day, October 9th, make the short drive north to nearby Lititz for their annual "Chocolate Walk." The candymakers are out in full force for this walk for charity. Participants stroll through the beautiful town of Lititz and pick up candy and sweets at more than 20 different stops.

If that's not enough, the famous town and theme park of Hershey is located just 25 miles south of Lititz. The chocolate dream never has to end.

With all these festivals and events to attend, it's likely that you'll have plenty of ingredients for a nice meal. Whether you want to make pumpkin bread or incorporate that chocolate into a fancy dessert, the RVNN show "RV Kitchen" can teach you the tips and tricks to make cooking on the road a breeze.