The most travelled autumn destinations in the world

By Rinshi Ansari

Autumn is characterised by shorter days, cooler temperatures, and a slightly slower pace of life. We’ve selected 13 locations that look stunning in the light of autumn, whether you’re trying to extend the summer, escape the peak season crowds, or you just can’t wait for those golden leaves to start falling. Or perhaps, you might want to check out Halloween.

Utrecht in The Netherlands

Utrecht in The Netherlands - autumn travel destinations

Autumn brings hues of yellow, red, and orange that adorn Utrecht’s historic canals. The canals, complete with wharves and wharf vaults, date back to the 12th century and are unique worldwide. In order to allow boats to dock and unload their cargo into the wharf cellars, which included pedestrian pathways, the wharves were erected to form an inner city harbour.

Today, cosy cafes, bars, restaurants, and boutiques may be found in the former wharf vaults. By boat is the greatest way to experience this Dutch beauty. Take a boat, which you may rent, and navigate the vibrant waterways. If it starts to get chilly, make a pit stop along the way for a hot beverage.

Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel - autumn travel destinations

If the summer sun begins to fade, if you’re not quite ready to give up your tan, head to Tel Aviv, where summer is still going strong. The promenade along the water in the Riviera style is bustling with carefree joggers, upscale boutiques, and outstanding restaurants serving up delectable Mediterranean cuisine. The 16 beaches that border the coastline are picked up by a gentle wind, which brings the temperature to an ideal level and drives away the tourist hordes. The most convenient neighbourhood is Gordon-Fishman, which is gloriously deserted in the fall. The gayest of the beaches, Hilton, is also a surfer favourite. Visit Banana Beach’s namesake beach cafe for unbeatable sunsets and a cocktail, or go to the Dolphinarium on Fridays to see drummers and performing artists having a good time.

Novosibirsk, Russia

Novosibirsk, Russia - autumn travel destinations

The Siberian capital is notorious for its harsh, below-freezing winters, but from mid-September to mid-October, it celebrates the Indian summer by clinging to the last rays of sunlight.

Even if it is a frequent quick stop on a Trans-Siberian adventure, Novosibirsk is worth exploring, especially in the final light of the fall sun. The glittering dome and enormous columns of the largest opera and ballet theatre in Russia are enshrined in a golden sunset. When such enormous structures are surrounded by Lenin’s majestic statue in Lenina Square, it’s difficult not to feel humbled. Grab a blanket and sit on the shore to watch the Trans-Siberian train grind across the Novosibirsk Rail Bridge, or join the brave locals who may still take a swim in the waters of the Ob River.

Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain - autumn travel destinations

Summer in Seville is best enjoyed on adjacent beaches like Matalascaas due to the city’s isolated 40°C temperatures, but if you can arrange your trip for a month or two later, you’ll get the greatest deal. The nights are long and warm, the streets are full of residents sipping chilled beer and munching on tapas; and there is an orange blossom scent permeating the air.

The city’s small historical district and level terrain are ideal for taking leisurely strolls while taking in its theatrical culture and Arabic history.

After all that sightseeing, if you need to cool off, visit the Hotel Doa Maria’s rooftop pool or visit the amusement park Isla Mágica to reconnect with your inner child.

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast, Northern Ireland - autumn travel destinations

Winter timidly peeks its head out from behind the maple-colored autumnal landscape. Black Mountain towers over Belfast; climb it for a view that reaches across the city to the inlet of Strangford Lough. The Crown Liquor Saloon is the ideal place to stop in after a sea safari on the water or a stroll down the orange-hued shore to unwind with a spiced gin cocktail.

The captivating ancient site of Beaghmore Stone Circles is a worthwhile side excursion if you are driving there. You could also stroll beneath the Dark Hedges, a grove of interlaced beech trees that hugs the road, on your route to the Old Bushmills Distillery, a legendary Northern Irish whiskey distillery.

Ontario, Canada

Ontario, Canada - autumn travel destinations

Enjoy the striking changes that autumn brings to Canada’s Ontario province from late September to early October.

The Algonquin Provincial Park is a 7,725 square kilometre area of lush woodland, flowing rivers, and tranquil lakes not too far from Toronto. For the greatest views of maple trees and scarlet oaks displaying their fiery tones reflected in the water, paddle along in a canoe.

Take on the Impressionist-like scenery of the Niagara Parkway for what Winston Churchill named “the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world,” or, if you’d prefer to explore on foot, stroll among 1000-year-old trees to the edge of a cliff-side at the Bruce Peninsula National Park.

Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany, Italy - autumn travel destinations

The autumn harvest is important in Italy. Everywhere in the nation, Sagre (harvest celebrations) are conducted in honour of everything from chestnuts to mushrooms, pumpkins, and even polenta. The precise dates change each year depending on the weather.

The best time to take a road trip through Tuscany, the region at the heart of the Italian culinary culture, is from mid-September to early October, when the weather is milder during the day and pleasantly cool at night and the countryside is awash in the sights, sounds, and scents of rural life. Participate in the age-old custom of the Vendemmia (grape harvest) and discover the characteristics of regional wines. Visit a taverna to sample real pasta or go truffle-hunting in the Tuscan forests. Doesn’t that sound divine?

Mount Fuji, Japan

Mount Fuji, Japan - autumn travel destinations

Around Mount Fuji in Japan, autumn combines spectacular reds with eerily tranquil blue waters. The Fujikawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival, an annual celebration honouring the area’s bronzy red cherry and maple trees, showcases this natural beauty. 

A romantic evening at the foot of the Mount is made possible by late-night snacks from food stalls under the brightly lighted trees. On your approach to Mount Fuji’s slopes, you can escape the haze that hangs over Lake Kawaguchiko by passing by yellow karamatsu pine trees. 

Do not believe your eyes; the picture-perfect contrast of the dark volcanic rock, the golden trees, and the snow-capped summit is real.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal - autumn travel destinations

The decreased costs are one benefit of travelling off-peak. If you’re on a tight budget, Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is the best place to go once the summer visitors have packed up and left.

With highs of about 25°C and the sun still high in the sky, the weather is good, and hotels and restaurants are giving away discounts.

If you want to avoid the throngs of visitors and explore the city’s millennia-old history and architecture, stay in the centre. Alternatively, you can take the train at Cais do Sodré station to get to the beach in less than 30 minutes.

Lodz, Poland

Lodz, Poland - autumn travel destinations

Learn about the hues of fall in Lodz as you stroll down the park’s pavement covered in vibrant orange leaves. Street art decorates redbrick factories and Art Nouveau buildings throughout the cityscape, turning it into an outdoor gallery. When strolling down Piotrkowska Street, one frequently encounters prospective film students following in the footsteps of Roman Polanski’s alumni due to the street’s multicoloured buildings that are vividly illuminated at night.

Give Lodz a chance; it lives up to its reputation for a wild nightlife. A concert may still be held at Manufaktura, a collection of former textile factories, in the last months of the summer. Or, if you want to ignore the cool fall nights setting in, get a house beer at the Bierhalle.

Patagonia, Argentina

Patagonia, Argentina - autumn travel destinations

Remember that the Southern Hemisphere’s spring season runs from September through November if you want to completely avoid winter.

And, this is the time of year when Argentinian Patagonia’s untamed, wind-swept plains and rocky peaks bloom with nature, the shyest creatures emerge from hiding, and whale viewing is at its best.

The many sports available to the daring traveller and ardent nature lover include horseback riding, kayaking, and mountain biking. Additionally, the scenery is breathtaking, with purple lupines in bloom guarding Mount Tronador.

The quickest way to get there might be to take a trip to Punta Arenas, Chile, then take a connecting aircraft to Buenos Aires.


Iceland  - autumn travel destinations

You’ll discover Iceland is all space, fresh air, and freedom in the months leading up to winter, so enjoy nature’s plunge into hibernation and look forward to snowy days. Renting a car is an excellent option to see the island because there are fewer tourists and lower pricing.

Pluck blueberries in the wild, see seals lounging on Vik’s black sand beaches, warm up in natural hot springs, or lend a hand with the yearly réttir, when farmers and their families travel up the isolated valleys to bring up their sheep and horses before winter.

As you explore the countryside’s waterfalls, volcanoes, and glaciers, the grey sky casts a white light across the orange-tinged volcanic plains. Wait until November, when the nights are longer and darker, to look for the first Northern Lights of the season.

If you decide to stay in the city, keep an eye out for Iceland Airwaves in Reykjavik in November, a festival renowned for its small and fun atmosphere that features both local and foreign bands.

Markt Hartmannsdorf, Austria

Markt Hartmannsdorf, Austria - autumn travel destinations

In the Austrian state of Styria, the fields are cultivated, and the sun sets low above Markt Hartmannsdorf. Although winter is approaching, there are still a few months of wonderful autumn weather before the village is buried with snow. All routes lead to the central church’s 36-meter tower, which is particularly noticeable as the leaves on the trees begin to fall. Escape the crowded cities and enjoy the peace and quiet that can only be found in rural communities surrounded by nature in this community of roughly 3,000 people. The early days of fall are the ideal time for taking part in apple and pear harvests and enjoying the tranquil outdoors. Wake up to a cosy lodging at a nearby fruit farm.

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