Fall is the perfect season to see gorgeous scenery, discover wildlife, or enjoy an Indian summer. So get inspired to take an autumn trip to any of these 15 fantastic places to visit outside of the summer high season.
Here are the best 15 fall destinations to visit this year
15. London, England
There’s no better time to visit London than in the fall. Airfares and hotel rates are more affordable, there are unbeatable views of the city with its colourful fall foliage, and you can attend Open House London to get a glimpse at a hidden side of the city.
14. Bali, Indonesia
September and October are perfect months to visit Bali, aka the Island of the Gods. You’ll enjoy beautiful beaches, impressive volcanic landforms, the famous rice fields, rich culture, and the unsurpassed hospitality of the Indonesian people.
13. San Diego, California,
What better way to prolong summer than with the sun and sand of California? Every year, the warm waters near San Diego attract more than 20,000 grey whales, who put on a spectacular show off the coast.
12. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
From the end of summer until mid-October, before hurricane season, visit Bora Bora to swim in the turquoise waters and explore the coral reefs of the lagoon.
Wildlife lovers should make a beeline for Madagascar in the fall. In early September, whales swim along the coast of Île Sainte-Marie. In October, you can visit the incredible Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve to see the newborn ring-tailed lemurs and more than a hundred species of birds.
10. Patagonia, Argentina
September marks the beginning of spring, the best time to explore Patagonia before the high summer season and inflated prices kick in. Although the weather can be unpredictable, you’ll have the chance to observe the wildlife and the spectacular landscapes of this southern part of Argentina.
If you want to relax on the idyllic beaches of Playa del Carmen or Tulum without sharing your space with summer holidaymakers, September is a perfect time. The temperature is less intense, so you can even explore the country’s deserts. Of course, if you go in October, you’ll catch the Day of the Dead festivities.
8. Texas, United States
The parks of Texas, such as Garner State Park, come alive with vivid colours in September. The days are still hot, but the cool nights make the southern climate more pleasant than summer.
Autumn is a great time to see the extraordinary natural phenomenon of the northern lights in Norway, as you won’t have to cope with the frigid temperatures of winter. Don’t miss the SMAK food festival in Tromsø, where you can sample the country’s culinary delights!
6. Barcelona, Spain
Once the summer holidaymakers have gone home, and the oppressive heat has dissipated, it’s much easier to discover the charms of Barcelona. The beach will be less busy, and you’ll be able to marvel at Park Güell and the Sagrada Familia without the crowds.
5.Loire Valley, France
In September, spend some time visiting the castles and wineries of the splendid Loire Valley in France, and you’ll never want to leave!
4. Prague, Czech Republic
Fall is the perfect season to visit Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, as you’ll enjoy moderate temperatures and more affordable rates. Admire the city’s impressive architecture and choose from a diverse program of concerts at the Strings of Autumn music festival.
3. Glendalough Valley, Ireland
In the Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough Valley is known for its stunning scenery and archaeological sites. Go in September, after the high season and before the rainy season, and you’ll still have time to enjoy beautiful sunny days.
2. Bavaria, Germany
The dramatic contrast between the vibrant colours of the forests and the snowy peaks of the Alps will take your breath away. Visit the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, where there will be fewer tourists than in the summertime. And of course, fall is Oktoberfest time in Munich.
1. Vienna, Austria
You could easily fall for the charms of Vienna in any season, but you’ll probably appreciate the calm and the affordable prices that September brings. Still, Vienna is always famous, so plan.