The end of the bustling summer tourist season marks the beginning of yet another great time to travel. The vibrant foliage and crisp air is sure to put a spring in your step. Autumn also offers some other incentives for travelers – hotel rates have dropped, summer crowds have disappeared, and some local experiences in some cities are best enjoyed in fall. Then, there’s the beautiful seasonal scenery.
Fall is usually the time when children go back to school and adults go back to work, which makes it the perfect time to visit popular tourist destinations. Whether you want to just unwind or have some adventure or something in between, here are some places to visit for the best fall trips for enjoying the foliage and autumn activities.
New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway is one of the best fall trips. It becomes a best-of-fall highlight reel from late September to early October. If you begin and end the drive in Taos, you will get to see some spectacularly magnificent natural features, including thick evergreen forests, golden aspens and abundant wildlife. The sight can become even more brilliant by early snow. Although you can complete the drive in a couple of hours, it is recommended that you take your time to explore the side roads too, taking in the breathtaking view. Before setting on the drive, make sure you check the weather forecast and be prepared accordingly.
You will be surprised to hear that the best fall trips include a spring trip too. In Buenos Aires, the spring season coincides with the fall season in the US, which means you won’t have to deal with hordes of tourists. The Rose Garden (El Rosedal) is bursting with more than 12,000 different species of roses in full bloom. Spring is also an alluring time to explore the streets of Palermo (a barrio in Buenos Aires) as the ever-present jacaranda trees blossom. Strolling underneath these blooming jacaranda trees is a truly enchanting experience. Buenos Aires is just showing off now.
Why should you include Munich in your list of best fall trips? One word: Oktoberfest. Who can resist 16 days full of Bavarian beer, food and carnival rides? The event started with the celebration of Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen’s marriage to King Ludwig I. The event was such a success that it continued to be celebrated each year, which turned into a 16-day international festival. There’s just one problem, though: securing flights and accommodation on a short notice during the Oktoberfest season can be extremely hard, but it’s still worth a try.
Although Lake Maggiore is only 40 miles from its glitterati-favorite neighbor Lake Como, it doesn’t get too much time in the spotlight. It is famous in the summer as a boating playground, but come fall, the tourist traffic decreases and you can enjoy the beauty of the Borromean Islands in peace. With lush Mediterranean vegetation, lovely coastlines and the Alps in the background, the lake won’t disappoint you with its appeal.
The City of Light draws countless visitors each year thanks to its unforgettable ambiance, divine cuisine and elegant fashion. It is a city of many splendors, but it can get too crowded in the summers. Although summers are the best time to visit Paris, if you want to avoid hordes of tourists, fall is the ideal time to visit so include Paris in your list of best fall trips. As the weather cools down and the tourist traffic dwindles, Paris becomes an even more tempting getaway. You will feel as if you have the whole city to yourself – no waiting in long lines to visit top tourist attractions, no pricey hotel rates and no fighting over getting the best café table.
Louisville provides much of the world’s bourbon whiskey, and the output is toasted during the National Bourbon Heritage Month in September. However, you can celebrate in the whole of fall too if you travel along the 34-stop Urban Bourbon Trail. If you are not a huge fan of alcohol, you can enjoy the foliage in Iroquois Park, which is designed by Frederick Law Olmsted who is famous for designing the Central Park in New York City. Stay till after dark in the park during October when the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular features 5,000 carved pumpkins.
If you want to marvel at blooming spring flowers instead of the beautiful fall foliage, visit Melbourne. Fall in the US means spring in Australia, so you can catch blooming flowers in moderate temps as temperatures hover between 60s and 70s. Plus, you won’t have to elbow your way through hordes of tourists since the city has yet to see the tourist torrent (which usually occurs from December to February), so it’s best included in your list of best fall trips.