Autumn Around the World: 8 Enchanting Fall-Time Destinations
While it’s enjoyable to sip on specialty spiced lattes and branch out to the pumpkin patch this time of year, why not delve a bit deeper into the spooky season by traveling to some of the most bewitching autumn destinations? As an extension to last year’s article, 8 OF OUR FAVORITE SPELLBINDING DESTINATIONS, here are 8 more autumntime delights for your bucket list, whether you want to book a last-minute fall-time getaway or plan ahead for next year!
- Budapest, Hungary -
With mild, sunny days and color-changing leaves across a cityscape of gothic architecture, lush parks, and towering castles, Budapest is an autumntime dream come true. Hike up Gellért Hill to the highest point of the city for captivating views, stroll down the tree-lined paths of Városliget, and savor incredible seasonal food, fresh from harvest.
- Brussels, Belgium -
In addition to being a naturally beautiful region in the autumn months, Belgium has also in recent years become a popular destination for Halloween! With themed restaurants, spooky activities, and fun events for all ages, the capital city of Brussels transforms into the ultimate October-lovers’ fantasy. Visit Le Cercueil (a haunted-themed bar all year long!), wander lush color-changing parks, or traverse the eerie underground tunnels at the city’s sewer museum!
- Plitvice Lakes, Croatia -
With 16 turquoise lakes connected by a stunning series of streams and crashing waterfalls, Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes are an awe-striking natural site for any time of year, but one of our favorite seasons is the autumn, when the trees begin to give off an orange glow. Wander the pathways and boardwalks and snap photos of the complex flora that encompasses you.
- Gdańsk, Poland -
During autumn months along the Baltic Sea, the hoards of summertime visitors disperse, resulting in a calming atmosphere as the seasons transition. Personally we delight in Gdańsk, Poland, this time of year, because it's an idyllic period to enjoy the brisk air and soak up the sights from a breezy cruise on the Motława River or a scenic drive along the coastline.
- Bukhansan National Park, South Korea -
As a whole, South Korea is incredible in the autumntime, with color-changing leaves, pleasant mild weather, lively festivals, and delightful seasonal foods. In particular, the Bukhansan National Park just north of Seoul boasts unbeatable fall-time foliage, and is just close enough to the city to take a day trip while combining the experience with urban adventures through Hanok Villages or bustling street markets.
- Uluru, Australia -
If you are heading toward Australia during our fall season, you won’t technically be having an autumntime experience since it’s actually their springtime – but we think the stunning auburn hues of Uluru provide the right vibes for this time of year nevertheless! Visit this striking monolith during the sunrise or the sunset to unveil its power and discover the history and sacred meaning behind it.
- Monteverde, Costa Rica -
Costa Rica is one of those destinations that can be enjoyed anytime of year, and even though you may catch some rain on occasion, the autumn season is not only quieter tourist-wise, but provides the perfect spellbinding vibe – especially in the cloud forests of Monteverde! Imagine crossing footbridges over ever-changing foggy canopies, and eating fresh, hearty dishes while sipping wine from a treetop resort.
- Cuzco, Peru -
Travel connoisseurs will tell you that October and November are some of the best months to head to Peru because there aren’t many tourists, and as one of the transition seasons, the climate is at its most delightful with little to no rain. Not only is this a prime opportunity to embark on a city tour of Cuzco or take a day trip out to the Sacred Valley, but visitors can catch colorful Día de los Muertos celebrations at the beginning of November!
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