Fall is here! Who’s ready to see the leaves change, watch some football, cuddle up in the cooler weather, and eat pumpkin flavored everything? This time of year also brings one of the best times to go on a trip. The kids are back in school, and most places are transitioning from being in-season to off-season or vice versa, which typically means less crowds and better deals. I’m sold! Now just to decide where to go…
Burlington happens to be the largest city in Vermont, however that isn’t the reason you should be planning a stay in this city. Step outside, take a deep breath, and smell the autumn in the air as you gaze upon colorful leaves and natural beauty. For those who are looking to get in touch with some American culture, you can visit the Shelburne Museum.
The fall season is one of the best times to visit Kyoto. Being able to see the leaves changing from green, to yellow, orange, and red among the unique Japanese architecture is a one of a kind experience. Some places that are considered “must-see” include the Imperial Palace, which was at one point the palace of the ruling Emperor of Japan, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, a bamboo forest full of wildlife will offer an experience that you won’t be able to replicate anywhere else, and Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), which serves as a Zen Buddhist temple and is one of the most popular buildings in Japan.
Toronto is considered the “New York City of Canada!” Visiting this great city in the fall is perfect timing, right in between when it is scorching hot from the summer, and freezing cold in the winter. There is so much to do in Toronto, you may want to book a second trip before you are finished with your first. Go to the top of the CN Tower and stand in the middle of Toronto’s skyline. Or visit the Distillery District where you can choose from different café’s, galleries, and a brewery to pop in to and get cozy. A place famous for maple trees, how could you not want to see the giant maple leaves turn and signal the fall season?
Those who love the outdoors will be in heaven in Cumbria as it is one of the best places in England to get in touch with nature. Take a walk or a bike ride along one of the many lakes in the Lake District and feel the crisp autumn breeze come off the water. Or visit Carlisle Castle which is over 900 years old, and was the site of many battles. Any trip to this area is incomplete without a visit to Hadrian’s Wall which served as the northern limit and a defensive structure for the Roman Empire. It’s easy to see how this is Northern England’ most popular tourist attraction!
It makes sense to visit a place nicknamed “Big Tree County” in the fall. Perthshire is home to ancient forests which are sure to offer sites you have never seen before. Gargantuan trees with leaves falling and turning colors, you’ll definitely be taking some back home for the scrap book. Go on an adventure and go white water rafting, or visit the Scottish Highlands, and of course you can’t visit Scotland without playing a round of golf at one of the world’s most famous courses. If you’re feeling lucky, take the short trip to Lock Ness and see if you can get a glimpse of Nessie!
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
Who doesn’t want to get away from society and go unwind on a secluded vacation? A trip to the Smoky Mountains will get the job done. Stay in a cabin in the mountains where all you have to do is wake up and look out your window to see the colors of fall. This time of year is a great time to visit as you will see the orange, red, and yellow leaves throughout the mountains with rivers winding through creating waterfalls that are sure to take your breath away.
Who needs an excuse to go to “Wine Country?” Drink wine, sip wine, taste wine, and drink some more wine, sounds like those are all the reasons I need! Tour some of the world’s most famous vineyards as you gaze upon endless rolling hills of colorful grape vines. Stay at a quaint bed and breakfast, or a luxurious resort, Napa can cater to all.
Douro Valley, Portugal
Douro Valley is quickly becoming one of Europe’s great wine destinations. Get away from the hustle and bustle and have a hillside picnic in the vineyards, or eat at some of Portugal’s best restaurants. Oh, and drink some wine!
If you’re a history buff, Bruges should be at the top of your list. When visiting this historic city, the architecture will make you feel like you are back in the medieval times. A visit to this city isn’t complete without going to the Historic Centre where you can see original Gothic buildings dating back hundreds of years. Bruges is a canal-based city much like Venice or Amsterdam, so don’t leave without having a romantic boat ride with your significant other through the city, as you cuddle together in the cool fall temperatures.
Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vienna should be a top destination for everyone. When in Vienna, you’ll be surrounded by some of the world’s most distinct architecture, such as St. Stephens Cathedral. Go for a stroll along the Danube and see the leaves floating in the water. Or visit the Haus der Musik, a museum for sound and music, which is fitting given that both Mozart and Beethoven considered Vienna home at one point.
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