There are not too many people who would say that fall is their favorite part of the year but there is no denying this season, despite having its drawbacks, can also be stunningly beautiful. Fall is mostly associated with trees shedding their colorful leaves, mild temperatures, morning fogs and cool breezes but as you will see in this post, fall can actually take many forms. Depending on where you spend it, fall can be enjoyable season for everybody. To provide you with some inspiration for your fall travels, we compiled this list with 25 Breathtaking Fall Getaways That Will Quench Your Traveling Thirst. From enchanting cities such as Florence, Lisbon, Prague and Paris to breathtaking tropical islands and some of the world´s finest national parks, this list has something for everybody. If you still do not know where to go this fall, check out these 25 Breathtaking Fall Getaways That Will Quench Your Traveling Thirst.
Let us start out with one of the most romantic cities on Earth, sweat Florence. Attracting millions of travelers and in-love couples from all over the world, this Italian city is a great place to spend a week or two this fall. Florence is renowned for its architectural jewels such as the Florence Cathedral, but the city is also a major hub of fashion.
One of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon is known for its romantic atmosphere, picturesque streets and red rooftops, which makes it an excellent spot for nice autumn strolls. The city can get uncomfortably hot in summer, but fall comes with pleasant temperatures around 20 C (68 F) and a refreshing ocean breeze.
Compared to the bustling capital city of Tokyo, Kyoto moves at a slow pace. Hundreds of local shrines, temples, beautiful parks, and peaceful traditional Japanese gardens will provide the right atmosphere for your next autumn trip.
Sal, Cape Verde
Those who want to stay warm this fall should consider one of Cape Verde islands as their getaway. A part of the Cape Verde archipelago, Sal is a little tropical island located off the coast of Western Africa. Known for its superb white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, Sal enjoys a hot and sunny climate all year round.
Jiuzhaigou Valley, China
A beautiful place hidden from masses of tourists, the Jiuzhaigou Valley is a nature reserve and national park in Sichuan, Southwest China. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, the valley offers breathtaking panoramas, multi-level waterfalls, colorful lakes, snow-capped peaks and many other natural beauties.
A major city and seaport in Central Chile, Valparaiso mushroomed during the second half of the 19th century when it was known as “Little San Francisco” and “The Jewel of the Pacific.” Famous for its cobblestone alleyways and colorful houses scattered around the city, Valparaiso is definitely one of the brightest locations on the list.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
The largest and most popular national park in Croatia, the Plitvice Lakes National Park gets very crowded in summer, which can ruin the actual experience. Therefore, visiting the park (known for its stunning waterfalls and unique karst formations) in fall is a great idea.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA
A popular location for photographers and sightseers, the Antelope Canyon is a cool place to visit in any season, but fall comes with much more bearable temperatures than summer. Easily recognizable by its “flowing” shapes, the Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of local Navajo Sandstone.
The capital of Bulgaria, Sofia is actually not among the most visited European cities. However, there are many good reasons why you might want to check out this beautiful metropolis this fall. Sofia is one of the cheapest major cities in Europe; it is relatively safe, clean, and foreigner-friendly. Brimming with interesting architecture as well as relaxing green areas, Sofia is a great fall getaway.
Big Sur, California, USA
Referred to as “the greatest meeting of land and water in the world” and “one of the most beautiful coastlines anywhere in the world,” Big Sur is undoubtedly a fascinating place to be around this fall. Praised for its rugged coastline and stunning mountain views, Big Sur is an undeveloped region located in California’s Central Coast.
Turkey is most famous for its excellent seaside resorts, but fall is a great time to venture into the inland where you can find Pamukkale, one of this country’s most amazing landmarks. These unique travertine terraces are not only staggeringly beautiful but – thanks to their richness in minerals – they also have healing properties and serve as a spa.
Madagascar Rainforest, Madagascar
Travelers who want to try something really exotic and unusual this fall can head out to the enchanting island of Madagascar. Located in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar is a Southeast African island country that boasts breathtaking tropical rain forests brimming with exotic wildlife out of which 90% are endemic.
Prague, Czech Republic
The largest and capital city of the Czech Republic, Prague is known for hundreds of unique tourist sites including the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter etc., but the city also features numerous parks and green areas that create a spectacular colorful display each fall.
Acadia National Park, Maine, USA
The Acadia National Park might not rank among the largest national parks in the US, but it definitely is one of the most diverse and beautiful. Boasting mountains, ocean shoreline, woodlands, rivers and lakes, this national park in Maine is a great getaway in any season, including fall.
With an area of about 26,000 sq km (10,000 sq mi), Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Sicily’s sunny climate, spectacular scenery, cuisine, history, and architecture attract many tourists from mainland Italy and abroad. Major cities such as the capital Palermo, Catania, Syracuse, or Taormina are also worth visiting.
The proud capital of the Spanish autonomous community of Catalonia, Barcelona is brimming with unique colorful architectonical jewels designed by Antoni Gaudí, one of the greatest architects of the 20th century. The city might be unbearably hot in summer which makes fall (or spring) the perfect season to visit this vibrant Spanish metropolis.
Situated about 200 km (120 mi) from Greece’s mainland, Santorini is widely regarded one the most beautiful islands in the world. Its picturesque little white houses with their iconic blue rooftops are a perfect background for en epic fall trip. Once there, make sure to try some of local specialties and delicious wines.
No list with fall getaways would be complete without “The City of Light.” Renowned for a number of iconic tourist sites, Paris attracts over 20 million visitors each year, but most of them come in summer, which means the city is considerably less crowded in fall.
The fourth largest city in Morocco, Marrakesh lies close to the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, but this Saharan city has a warm and sunny weather all-year-round. Founded almost a thousand years ago, the city boasts a number of unique architectural jewels, gardens, palaces, museums, and traditional markets.
Love Beach, Mexico
Mexico is one of the most popular holiday destinations with some of its resorts, such as Cancun, being a synonym for a top-notch exotic vacation; however, this country also features some lesser-known but equally astonishing places. Situated on one of the Marieta Islands off the Pacific Coast of the country, Love Beach (also known as the Hidden Beach) is definitely one of them.
Aspen, Colorado, USA
Situated in a remote area of the Rocky Mountain’s Sawatch Range, Aspen is mainly known for two things – an unusually high occurrence of celebrities and the abundance of aspen trees (hence the name). Since aspen trees turn a variety of vivid colors in fall, the whole city is transformed into a giant colorful spectacle during the season.
Another tip for an exotic and adventurous fall getaway, Ubud is located among rice paddies on the Indonesian island of Bali. Home to several interesting art museums and galleries, the city is a great place to try the famed Balinese massage and enjoy the benefits of one of Asia’s top spa destinations.
Lake District, England, UK
Located in Northwestern England, the Lake District is a mountainous region famous for its breathtaking landscape and natural beauties. Admired by a number of prominent English writers and poets, this area is enchanting all-year-round, but in fall, it gets an even more magical atmosphere as all the woodlands, lakes, and hills turn impressive colors.
Located in the North Atlantic Ocean, Madeira is a sunny Portuguese island notable for its first-class wines, unique plant species, panoramic landscape, and beautiful beaches. Madeira is nicknamed “the island of eternal spring,” but its warm subtropical climate makes it a great place to visit in autumn, too.
Adirondack Park, New York, USA
Located in Upstate New York, the Adirondack Park is a huge protected area that includes more than 10,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, and a wide variety of habitats such as wetlands and forests. Lying just a few-hour drive from some major US cities such as New York City or Boston, this forest preserve is a great fall getaway for all city-dwellers.
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