Traveling in fall is great for so many reasons, the cheap accommodations, the lovely fall weather, fewer crowds, lower flight rates, and spectacular backdrops of your photos. A vacation in the fall season allows you to take control of your holiday and explore the destination on your own terms. Be it an outdoor camping trip in the wilderness or enjoying the beauty of the city, everything is a little bit better during the fall season.
Our leisure travel guides have come up with a list of the best fall vacation spots from around the world, where you must visit at least once in your lifetime, either with your family, by yourself, or with your partner for a romantic getaway!
Scotland is a land full of extravagant architecture and breathtaking natural beauty. The amazing castles and Gaelic structures coupled with beautiful mountains, and mystical forest lands, make the Scottish Highlands one of the best fall vacation spots in Europe. The land of the revered Loch ness monster or Nessie, the Scottish highlands are full of surprising facts and stunning beauty. During the fall season, the region experiences chilly winds, which is why there are fewer tourists this time of the year. However, fall is the perfect time to visit the Scottish highlands as the accommodations are cheaper, the weather is perfect, and the whole region comes alive with the changing leaves and the colors of fall.
Take a ride in the Hogwarts express at the Glenfinnan Viaduct for a magical start to your Scottish expedition. Visit the cultural hub and the capital city of Scottish Highlands known as Inverness, where you can explore its medieval architecture and learn about Gaelic history. The Scottish Highlands will offer you some of the most magnificent views you have ever seen, from beaches and untouched mountain peaks to dramatic landscapes that seem magical to look at. Explore the hiking trails at Glencoe, or witness the grandeur of the Isle of Skye in all its rugged glory, or take the time to check out Ben Nevis, also known as the Roof of Scotland! There is no shortage of stunning beauty and exquisite landscapes in the Scottish highlands, making it one of the best fall vacation spots in Europe.
Fall is without a doubt the best time to visit Japan, and Tokyo is one of the best fall vacation spots in the country to start your excursion. Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and is also the most populated city in the world. Even then, despite the huge crowds, Tokyo is one of the best fall vacation spots, where you can experience fall colors like never before. The city gets lit up with beautiful cherry blossoms and different shades of red, yellow, and green. Fall is the best time to visit the city, because of the lesser number of tourists, and cheaper flights and accommodations. Fall season starts a little late in Japan as compared to the US, with some change in the color of leaves starting in mid-October and peak fall colors in mid-November, but from mid to late December, winter arrives, and most trees get covered in snow.
You should plan your fall vacation to Tokyo perfectly in order to catch the best fall foliage in the city. However, even if you are a few weeks off, you can still catch an amazing view of fall colors at the nearby Mt. Mitake and Mt. Takao. Inside the city, there are various parks and gardens where you can experience the splendor of fall in Tokyo. Visit Meiji- jingo Shrine, Hama Rikyu Gardens, Nezu Museum, and Institute for Nature Study, Imperial Palace, Shinjuku Gyoen Garden, and Hibiya Koen Park.
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Good beer, great weather, and amazing fall beauty are what you’ll be treated to in Bavaria. The German state boasts mildly cool temperatures and fall breeze during the months of September, October, and November. Bavaria also has some of the most scenic views that are decorated with different shades of leaves which makes it one of the best fall vacation spots. Check out its amazing architecture, from castles, museums, and medieval structures, or fill yourself with an amazing selection of beer during the Oktoberfest. Visit the capital city Munich, and start your fall vacation at some of the most luxurious hotels in the city.
Check out the Neuschwanstein Castle, which is one of the most famous castles in the world, situated in the Bavarian Alps, and served as the inspiration of the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty (1959). Take your skis or snowboarding gear and slide down the slopes of the Bavarian alps that still offer plenty of fresh powder for an amazing stay in the mountain. Indulge in some après ski goodness at some of the most amazing resorts in the city. Take a day to visit the Kehlsteinhaus, or Eagle’s Nest, which was Hitler’s mountain retreat. The beautiful fall colors, amazing weather, cheaper accommodations, fewer tourists, and an astounding history reflected through its architecture make Bavaria one of the best Fall vacation spots in Germany.
Situated in the heart of Romania, Transylvania is the place of ancient legends, myths, and mysteries that have inspired many great writers and storytellers. However, in reality, Transylvania is one of the best fall vacation spots in Romania. The countryside charm, the beautiful hills, and a peaceful environment make Transylvania an amazing spot to spend a romantic fall vacation with your loved ones. During the season, the mountains and forests nearby start to turn golden, red, and yellow, offering a perfect backdrop for your photos. You can also explore the unique culture at quaint little villages and experience the historic architecture through its castles.
One of the best things to do in Transylvania in the fall is enjoying the spookiness of Bran Castle’s Halloween party. Take a hike through the seven-ladders canyon and witness the majestic mountain up close. If you want to have the best time in Transylvania, you should avoid the months of July and August due to heavy rains, which will ruin most of your travel plans. Try to plan your fall vacation during the months of late September and October to witness the amazing fall foliage in Transylvania.
If you don’t want to travel to another continent to witness an amazing fall, you can travel to this majestic place on the eastern coast of Canada. Nova Scotia is one of the friendliest places in Canada, and with beautiful lighthouses, a rugged coastline, and close to 100 beaches. The place offers stunning views of the ocean, and beautiful fall colors, making it one of the best fall vacation spots in America. Go camping in the wild, spend a day at the beach or enjoy the exciting events and festivals during your vacation. Take a walk on the white sandy beaches at the 90-year-old White Point Beach Resort.
However, in order to experience the best fall foliage in Nova Scotia, you should visit the Kejimkujik National Park. The park is spread out in 404 square Km and incorporates historical places as well as natural forests for tourists to explore. The park consists of dense forests, lake Kejimkujik and various hiking trails where you can go with your partner to witness the mesmerizing fall colors. The hiking trails range from easy to difficult levels, ranging from 1.7 miles to 13 miles.
And lastly, the USA’s very Mountain State, West Virginia. West Virginia is full of mesmerizing sights and amazing state parks where you can experience the fall colors. West Virginia is the undisputed titleholder of being one of the best fall vacation spots in the United States. You will find all the colors that are associated with fall in West Virginia, such as green, yellow, orange, golden, red, burgundy, and many more. More than 80% of the state is made up of forests so you are never too far from stunning natural beauty.
With multiple state parks offering different landscapes and natural wonders, you can explore fall in West Virginia to its fullest. Visit the Blackwater Falls State Park for the best views of the fall spectrum or Cass Scenic Railroad State Park for a historic vacation. Other interesting state parks for some serious leaf peeping in West Virginia include Seneca State Forest, Babcock State Park, Hawks Nest state park, and Pipestem resort state park.