Updated: Sep 5, 2022
If you're dreaming of a fall vacation, these destinations are top of the list. Fewer tourists and lower airfares make fall a great time to travel and enjoy the beautiful autumn foliage and scenery around the world.
Fall is the perfect time for your next meaningful travel experience. Allow the beauty of fall foliage and stunning autumn colors recharge your spirit before beginning a new year. Experience the culture, food, and scenery of a new destination as the weather turns crisp and the fall leaves remind us how lovely it is to let go.
Wicklow Mountains, Ireland
Wicklow County is endearingly referred to as the “Garden of Ireland”. The largest of the six national parks, it covers an impressive 54,000 acres and offers rolling mountains, pristine beaches, and historic monuments. Explore the country's highest waterfall and the supposed landing site of St. Patrick. Only a stone's throw away from Dublin, Wicklow County is the perfect fall destination.
Loire Valley, France
Loire Valley, France is just a train ride from Paris. Medieval towns with bustling markets, beautiful sunflower fields, the gorgeous Chateau d'Usse, and some of the country's best wine are just a few reasons to make this your fall travel destination.
Lake District, England
Cumbria green pines, copper beech trees and beautiful mountain views. Enjoy hiking around the regions numerous lakes and then enjoy a meal at a cozy pub or a Michelin-Star restaurant. Experience the scenic grandeur of England's Lake District in the spectaular autumn light.
Taos, New Mexico
Visiting Taos is soothing for the soul. The Sangre de Cristo Mountain range provides a stunning backdrop for this beautiful Art colony. Toas is known as the "Soul of the Southwest" and offers historic landmarks, thriving art and culture, and gorgeous hiking across conifers and alpine meadows.
September to mid-October is the ideal time to visit Switzerland when the weather is perfect, and the country's landscape becomes especially picturesque. Switzerland offers delicious food (chocolate, wine, and cheese!), breathtaking mountain scenery, seamless transportation and an atmosphere of relaxation and leisure.
Take advantage of all that is Halloween and gorgeous fall scenery in Transylvania. Bucharest is rich with history and Roman artifacts. Leave the city and find the Carpathian Mountains and spooky sites like Dracula's Castle. Transylvania is steeped in legend and its medieval castles and moonlit nights are where the stories of vampires and werewolves were born.
Rocky Mountains, Colorado
America's magnificent Rockies come to life in Colorado in the fall. Independence Pass peaks at 12,000 feet above sea level with a beautiful display of Aspens across the jagged mountains. The Ohio Pass, between Gunnison and Crested Butte offers stunning colorful autumn views and you can't miss West Elk Wilderness and The Castles during this perfect fall travel experience.
Scottish Highlands, Scotland
The Scottish Highlands is the perfect destination in all of Europe for viewing amazing autumn colors. Rivers and locks in Perthshire, Big Trees Country, and Knock Hill offer out-of-this-world scenery. September and October offer the copper and gold leaves of the Highlands in their full glory.
You will find some of southern Germany's most breathtaking scenery in Bavaria. Alpine forests and snow dusted mountains make for the perfect fall backdrop. Autumn is the season for Oktoberfest and wine festivals, plenty of hiking and even horse-drawn carriage rides. Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace and Nuremburg Castle are among the many historic sites.
Nova Scotia, Canada
Nova Scotia offers some of the best, most fresh seafood you will ever eat with an authentic European feel. Old Town Lunenburg takes you back to the 18th century village with wood framed houses, and Highway 2 is the perfect scenic drive with quaint farmhouses and beautiful river views.