Ten Unexpected Places to Visit In Autumn

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A lot of people reserve traveling strictly for the summer or winter months. Between the impulse to get outside to enjoy the heat of summer and to fly south for the winter, traveling in autumn is often overlooked. I connected with some amazing travelers to share the top ten unexpected places to visit in autumn.

Ten Unexpected Places to Visit in Autumn

Kyoto, Japan

kyotojapan-inthefall“If you’re dreaming of burnt orange and bright red leaves amongst a town riddled with history and beauty, then look no further. Kyoto, or Arashiyama more specifically, is where you need to be this fall! From September – November, you’ll find this magical part of Japan will astound you with its rich fall foliage. From the bamboo forest right up to the top of Mount Iwatayama scattered with snow monkeys, you cannot help but fall in love with Arashiyama this time of year.” – Sophie Matters, Travel Matters

Transylvania, Romania

romania-autumn-colours“We visited Romania in the fall last year and simply fell in love with the country! The crispy air, the hearty meals, the beautiful sunny days, and the striking display of fall colours in the cities and in the countryside make Romania one of the most picturesque countries to visit this time of the year!” – Oksana St. John, Drink Tea & Travel 

Whitewater Trail, Oregon

whitewater-trail-places to visit in autumn“One of the most beautiful places to take a fall hike in Oregon is the Whitewater trail by Mount Jefferson. The hike is extremely crowded in the summer, but if you go at the right time in fall, you may be the only person on the trail. Although the hike is 12 miles long round trip, it goes by quickly as you are surrounded by beautiful panoramic views, alpine lakes, colorful trees and maybe even a little bit of snow. This hike also offers one of the best views of snow-capped Mount Jefferson just a few miles in” – Laura Sausina, Fun Life Crisis 

Split, Croatia

split-croaitia-places to visit in autumn“Split is located in southern Croatia and is very well known for Diocletian’s palace and its Roman influences. Along with the palace that was built in the 4th century, Split offers beautiful white stone walls, many courtyards, cathedrals, and numerous shops, bars, and cafes. Along with the gorgeous crystal clear Adriatic sea and History all around, Split makes for the perfect place to visit in the fall.”
– Andrea Cvitanovic Mayfield, Andrea’s Travels

Louisville, Kentucky

louisville_kentucky places to visit in autumn“Louisville is more than just a world class city brimming with art, culture, food, bourbon, and the friendliest people you’ll meet anywhere. It’s a big city with a small town feel, as the locals like to say. And fall is my favorite time to visit Louisville! It’s not just the crisp autumn air and crunchy colorful leaves that brings me back year after year. It’s also the fall horse races at Churchill Downs, bourbon tasting on the Bourbon trail, museum touring, art festivals, walking through miles of flickering expertly carved pumpkins, an amazing haunted house scavenger hunt (and a genuinely haunted sanitarium), and a theatre scene that rivals New York City.” -Lia Saunders, Practical Wanderlust 

Walla Walla, Washington

wallawalla-placestovisitautumn“The quaint little Eastern Washington city of Walla Walla was not only voted the friendliest town in America in 2011, but it also just happens to be a beautiful place to visit in the fall! If you find yourself there in mid-October, you can admire the changing of the leaves while watching hot air balloons drift above the blue mountains during the annual Balloon Stampede festival, or perhaps explore the local Corn Maze before picking out the perfect Jack-o-Lantern at Klicker’s Pumpkin Patch.  And early November is a great time to enjoy wine tasting at one of the 150 wineries in the valley during Fall Release weekend. For anyone looking for an authentic Northwest autumn experience, Walla Walla is the place to be!” Kara Flerchinger, Flerish 

Munich, Germany

munich germany places to visit in autumn“One of my favorite fall destinations is my hometown Munich. I love to walk through the grounds of Castle Nymphenburg where the many ponds reflect the golden hues in all its glory. The English Garden is another perfect spot for taking pictures of the fall foliage and very popular among tourists and locals alike. Temperatures might drop rather quickly in late October, but that also means you won’t have to worry about big crowds waiting for you at Munich’s many highlights.” – Norman, Années de Pèlerinage

Cascades Pass, Washington

north-cascades-national-park-blue-lake“Just a few hours outside Seattle are Cascade PassBlue Lake and the Maple Pass Loop: just some of the fantastic hiking trails that offer views of beautiful foliage, deep red maple vines, vibrant golden larches and striking glaciers. Most of the campgrounds are free during off season – so you can spend the savings on a delicious bottle of red wine to sip by the fire!” – Danielle Reckless, Live Recklessly 

Granby, Connecticut

granby-conneticut-places to visit in autumnGranby embodies fall in every possible way. Think beautiful amber leaves, quiet walks in the woods and apple picking at local farms. Known by residents as a “hidden gem”, the area has an endless supply of family owned farms to explore and farm to table eateries.” – Mae-Gene Yew, The Wandering Suitcase

Lake Tahoe, California

lake-tahoe in the fall“For most people, Lake Tahoe brings up images of snowy capped mountains an endless skiing, but I’m here to tel you that this gorgeous spot isn’t just for winter! There are plenty of sites to see and things to do for all seasons. My friend and I went last fall and hiked Mt. Tallac, a grueling hike, but one that led to this stunning view of Lake Tahoe!” – Charlotte Yang, A Study in Charlotte

What are your favorite places to visit in the autumn?

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