Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. Cooler temperatures, leaves go from green to bright oranges, yellows, and reds and the smell of pumpkin spice everywhere. The United States offers stunning destinations but there are parts of the world worth checking out. Here are my top destinations for its ambiance and magical appearance that won’t let you down – whether you can travel this autumn or want to save it to your future travel bucket list.
Edinburg is the largest city in Scotland and is known for its rich history. During the fall history comes to life as leaves change colors ranging from a subtle brown to bright, vibrant pops of oranges and reds. This is a perfect European city to spend the day under a newly-turned tree, reading classic literature and gazing at the rolling hills.
Tokyo is already well-known for its traditions and beauty and autumn here is no exception. During the fall season, trees are lit up with accentuating lights to highlight their spectacular colors. Take a walk along any waterway and discover vibrant reds and yellows reflecting back towards you. Unlike many places in the west where the arrival of fall means thick coats and gloves, in Japan fall starts as sweater weather and stays relatively warm until about mid-November.
Pops of red and pinks make Bruges a dream. As the sun sets, every yellow and orange leaf seems to pop on its own with the natural charm of this rustic city. Wrap yourself up in a warm blanket at a park bench and watch the sunrise as you are surrounded by the historic charm while taking in all of autumn’s glory that this city has to offer.
Oktoberfest isn’t the only reason why you should come to Germany in the fall. Up in the mountains of Bavaria are stunning castles and scenic views of the mountains. You are guaranteed to be speechless as you witness leaves change at a striking pace, making them appear as if you are watching a light show of blazing neon colors ranging from red to yellow and everything in between.
Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Everything changes from the trees to the ground here in the Scottish Highlands.
The ground changes color making it appear as though fall is slowly creeping in from the ground up, transforming everything from a lush green to a striking orange. Take in the ambiance of the full array of colors, some of which are easily reflected in Scotland's lakes.
Lake District, England
With its numerous lakes surrounded by gold and ruby covered hills, the region’s scenic beauty will be on full display in the fall. Relax and sip on some hot cider as you take in the green pines and copper beech trees that frame mountain views.
Thingvellir National Park, Iceland
After mid-September, the night skies begin to put on an incredible natural light show known as the aurora borealis, a blanket of illuminations made up of countless shades of green, blue, red and yellow returns and lasts until the end of the winter. Thingvellir National Park has an array of breathtaking scenic beauty, willow, birch and plants that transform their appearance into an even lovelier place. The largest natural lake in Iceland, Lake Thingvallavatn, is found in the park as well. Days are long and temperatures are still manageable in the fall months.
Loire Valley, France
There is no better time to visit the Loire Valley of France than in the fall.
Leaves on the 185,000 acres of grapevines begin to turn, tourists head home, and colors blanket the hillsides and valleys. Rich colors overwhelm the area and vineyards ablaze in fiery reds, brilliant orange and gold, with the addition of fairytale-like chateaus. As a bonus for visitors fall is harvesting time. Come watch the grapes being picked in the fields and take in the magnificent views.
The Bahamas is perfect for those looking for an affordable tropical vacation. There may not be much of fall foliage here but the Bahamas is just as enchanting as it is any time of the year. The islands’ offseason runs from late spring to late fall, temperatures are still comfortable day and night and the best part are shorter lines and quicker access to watersports. There are fewer crowds at the beach and pool making it a better experience and an opportunity to get to know the locals.