Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. The changing leaves, the chill in the air, and the promise of cozy evenings by the fire ease the transition from summer. If you love the season and want to see it at its best, today I bring you the 9 best places to travel in autumn.
Best Places to Travel in Autumn
The world has no shortage of amazing places to see fall colors, sit by a fire, or indulge in the best of the year’s harvest. So if you’re wondering where to travel in autumn, read on.
New England, USA
One of my favorite things about going to university in Rhode Island was the abundance of fall foliage in New England. The drive from Providence to Boston was gorgeous, and a backpacking trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire was one of my most memorable college travel experiences.
Autumn means one thing in wine country: harvest. It’s a great time to visit Burgundy to see the grapes coming off the vines and revel in the buzz of activity. This part of France is also beautiful during the autumn season, so it’s a great time to hop in a car (or on a bike) and cruise through the vineyards.
San Francisco, USA
Don’t let San Francisco fool you. This Californian city may seem like the perfect summer travel destination, but locals know it’s at its best in fall. As the summer fog burns off, San Francisco becomes one of the best places to travel in autumn. September and October tend to have the best weather of the year, not to mention fewer crowds.
The Southern Hemisphere’s spring is a great time to visit Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. With fewer crowds than the peak summer season and better chances of seeing wildlife and avoiding harsh winds, November is a great time to visit Patagonia. There are good travel deals to be found at this time of year, too.
New Forest, UK
I’ll never forget my first trip to England’s New Forest in autumn. The colors on the leaves were so bright that I thought I had stepped into a dream. Hampshire’s gem of a wilderness is the perfect place to be ensconced in fall foliage, and easy to do as a day trip from London.
One of my best foodie trips in Europe has been the White Truffle Festival in Alba, Italy. Every autumn this pretty town in Piedmont comes alive with the scent of the season. White truffles fill the air, the plates, and the shops as visitors from all over come to celebrate the delicacy. Make sure to arrive hungry!
Out in Asia, one of the best places to travel in autumn is Bali. September and October are great months to visit, as the peak summer crowds are gone and the climate is still friendly. From the coastal beaches to the inland rice fields, the island is ripe for exploration in the fall.
Paso Robles, California, USA
If you prefer New World wines to Old, Paso Robles is your ideal autumn travel destination. The fall colors are heavy on the vines, the harvest is in full swing, and California’s golden autumn sunshine is pretty much guaranteed. Better yet, this wine region is less touristy than Napa so you won’t have to jostle for space in the tasting rooms.
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia is the perfect place for a safari in September or October. I went a few years ago in October and saw more wildlife than I’ve seen on any other safari in Africa (and I’ve done a few!). The sheer volume and diversity of species blew me away, as did the fact that I could watch the elephants out the window of my room.
What about you? What do you think are the best places to travel in autumn?