Fall travel is appealing for many reasons including smaller crowds, moderate weather, and – in many destinations – the foliage. Book your flights and pack your bags to one of our recommendations for a picturesque place to travel this fall season, some of our picks may surprise you.
New York City
As the humidity and summer heat lift off the city, New York becomes one of the most lovely destinations for the autumn. With everything from great shopping and theatre to beer gardens and botanical gardens, New York will give you your fix for the fall season. If no fall trip is complete with out a stroll through the foliage, New York will take care of that need. Start in Manhattan’s Central Park then move on to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden or Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. You can also try a visit to Queens County Farm Museum in Queens. Get lost in the corn maze, go pumpkin picking, and even sip some apple cider.
After exploring the city you may need a break, travel to upstate New York and explore The Adirondacks. Covered in the foliage that makes New England a popular fall destination, The Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York offer “a boundless natural preserve and the promise of adventure”. You will want to try out the hiking trails, pristine lakes, fishing, paddling, breweries and also wineries. With lovely hotel options, scenic drives, excellent restaurants, and a multitude of outdoor activities, this is one place that you may not want to leave. One of the newest activities in the area is railbiking. Revolution Rail is a start-up company offering excursions, as they describe, “that allows riders to ride the railroad tracks under their own power and explore a section of the Adirondacks that has never seen passenger traffic.”
Things in Alaska slow down as its tourist season comes to an end and the weather begins to turn. There’s a sweet spot between the end of the main tourist season when the cruise ships head south and before the dead of winter. Anchorage is an ideal location to experience the Alaskan Autumn. Hop aboard the Alaska Railroad and travel up to Talkeetna where you’ll see the foliage, get a good view of Mt. McKinley, and see some wildlife. With the leaves falling, you’ll actually have a better opportunity to get a glimpse of moose.
Known as Big Tree Country, Perthshire, Scotland is one of the most beautiful places to view the fall foliage. According to Visit Scotland, “In Perthshire you are never far from a remarkable tree, whether that happens to be the oldest living thing in Europe, the last descendant of Shakespeare’s Birnam Wood or the widest conifer in Britain.” Start with the Gleneagles and then experience the Scottish Crannog Centre. A fall visit should also include The Hermitage and the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Perthshire has much to see and do in the autumn season.
While we’re easing into fall leading into winter, south of the equator, it’s spring. A visit to Santiago, Chile may not be what you think of when you think of an autumn outing, but it’s definitely one of the best getaways for the fall. Filled with European architecture, Santiago is so much more than Chile’s capital city. It is a vibrant city full of shops, museums, restaurants, and interesting barrios through which to meander. Get an almost bird’s eye view of the city with a trip up their historic funicular.
So, tell us, where will you spend your fall vacation? Will you go for a foliage-centric adventure or will you head south to have a second spring this year? Wherever you decide to travel, add a splash of luxury to any settings with Seven Irresistible Fragrances for a Night Out.