World’s Best Places to Visit in the Fall
Some people like to get away in the fall, to find more summer or to avoid even a hint of winter. Often this means going to the opposite hemisphere (where it will be spring instead). But there are many people who love autumn with a passion and everything about it. From Halloween to Oktoberfest, fall is a celebration. Here are the best places you can travel around the world this fall.
Best Places to Visit in September
Everyone knows that Switzerland is popular in winter for the skiing, but it’s so beautiful in the fall that it can’t be missed. The Alpine air is clear and crisp and the colors roll across the landscape in waves.
If you’re into hiking, there are so many great trails to explore, but if you just want to enjoy the atmosphere from a place of comfort, take a scenic railway excursion. You can go anywhere in Switzerland, really, but Geneva has all the comforts of the big city as well as all the beautiful sights of autumn.
Nothing beats the changing colors in Upper Canada. Ontario is a beautiful territory to visit, because its colors start turning toward the end of September. It’s one of the most beautiful sights according to professional leaf peepers, having the deepest reds and most brilliant oranges you’ll ever see.
There’s a reason there’s a maple leaf on Canada’s flag and that’s why people come from all over the world to see them on the trees. Niagara Falls is a perfect spot to experience everything at once.
As bad as it gets in winter, Siberia’s capital is gorgeous in early fall. The sun is low in the sky and the colors are rapidly changing, so this is something you should do in early September, if not the end of August.
Taking the Trans-Siberian train to this region would be an excellent way to experience this fantastic place. If you’re tired of summer and can’t wait for the colder months to get here, go to Novosibirsk and get your fall on before anyone else.
Best Places to Visit in October
Belfast, Northern Ireland
The biggest city in Northern Ireland is a great place to go for a fall getaway. It’s off the peak season so it’s much less crowded than in the summer, and the colors are spectacular. There are traditional fall harvest festivals to experience.
You can either tour landscaped gardens and estates for a more curated experience, or see the colors in the wild countryside. Not only that, it’s a great place to see the northern lights without having to go to the Arctic Circle.
New England, United States
The entire region is known for its fantastic color changes in fall. It peaks in early October and there’s plenty to do whether you visit Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, or Connecticut. Fall festivals in New England are great places to visit with kids. There are pumpkin and apple festivals, traditional fairs and of course the traditional corn mazes.
Also, there are all things Halloween to be found. Be warned though, that this is the tourist peak season for this region, so you have to plan early if you want to find a good travel deal. But it is totally worth it.
Nova Scotia, Canada
This island province is full of historical significance. Whaling and shipping were the main industries for hundreds of years. Now, though, it’s more of a tourist destination. Enjoy historical towns and farms, but don’t forget the seaside.
You can see the Atlantic Ocean in all its fury from the safety of the shore. Rent a car and drive through the colors, then take the time to partake in any of the numerous Oktoberfest celebrations, featuring their world famous craft beers.
Best Places to Visit in November
Mount Fuji, Japan
Located 25 miles outside of Tokyo, Mount Fuji is Japan’s most iconic natural feature. Summers in Japan are hot and humid, but once September ends, fall temperatures and colors come with it. While the colors start to really come out in October, they peak in November.
There is an annual autumn leaves festival that celebrates the beautiful colors. The festival is held at Kawaguchi Lake nearby, and is a wonderful experience for a romantic getaway.
November is perfect timing for a trip to Portugal, because it’s still warm but it’s in the off season for tourism. You can find wonderful travel deals at this time. The colors change there later than the rest of Europe and the landscape is still gorgeous.
Taking tours outside the city you will see some of the most beautiful vistas in the world. From here you can also visit Spain or even Gibraltar. This is a good choice if you like the colors but not so much the cold.
Best Places to Visit with Kids
Traveling with kids can be challenging, and fall is a difficult time to go out. In most places, the school year has just started. Taking kids out of school has its own issues.
But if you’re traveling in the fall with your kids, you should really choose a place that will engage them. One option is going to Scotland; the landscape looks magical and there are many beautiful places to explore.
A more temperate option is Italy, where the leaves change later than in Northern Europe and the weather is a little more friendly.
Another great option is Split, Croatia. There are many historic places and parks to visit and it’s right on the Mediterranean.