Start your leaf tour northwest of Chicago on state Route 31 (accessible from Interstate Highway 90), heading north through <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO1001005012630000" title="McHenry" href="/topic/us/illinois/mchenry-county/mchenry-PLGEO1001005012630000.topic">McHenry</a> County. The drive includes glimpses of the Fox River, several tree-covered sections and hiking among the burgundy-colored prairie grass and scarlet-red oak leaves in Glacier Park (6316 Harts Road) south of Richmond. (A stop can be made at Anderson's Candy Shop (10301 Main St.; 815-678-6000; andersonscandyshop.com) in Richmond, where hand-dipped chocolate butter creams are best-sellers.)
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In Richmond, turn west on state Route 173 toward Hebron. In Hebron, you can take an apple-picking detour by turning north on Main Street and bearing left onto Bigelow Avenue/Hebron Road, then going west to the Royal Oak Farm Orchard (15908 S. Hebron Road; 815-648-4141; royaloakfarmorchard.com).
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( October 2, 2011 )

Start your leaf tour northwest of Chicago on state Route 31 (accessible from Interstate Highway 90), heading north through McHenry County. The drive includes glimpses of the Fox River, several tree-covered sections and hiking among the burgundy-colored prairie grass and scarlet-red oak leaves in Glacier Park (6316 Harts Road) south of Richmond. (A stop can be made at Anderson's Candy Shop (10301 Main St.; 815-678-6000; andersonscandyshop.com) in Richmond, where hand-dipped chocolate butter creams are best-sellers.)
In Richmond, turn west on state Route 173 toward Hebron. In Hebron, you can take an apple-picking detour by turning north on Main Street and bearing left onto Bigelow Avenue/Hebron Road, then going west to the Royal Oak Farm Orchard (15908 S. Hebron Road; 815-648-4141; royaloakfarmorchard.com).

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