Aren’t you so glad we live in a world where there are Octobers? Fall is a great time to travel for many reasons (Can you say cheaper flights and fewer crowds?) But traveling to new places in autumn, being greeted by mild temperatures and surrounded by landscapes filled with red and yellow changing leaves is nothing short of stunning. One way to is to get outside, get your
hands shoes dirty and explore. If you’re looking for a place to visit this autumn where you can hit the great outdoors and enjoy all the beauty autumn has to offer across the world, look no further. I talked to travel bloggers from around the world to see where the best destinations to hike were.
16 Of The Best Fall Hikes You Can Take Around The World
Greenway del Lago di Como, Italy
This 10-km moderate trail will show you some of the best views of Lake Como, and what better time to observe them than when the lush green hills are shifting to gold and the Alpine foothills are experiencing their first dustings of snow? The natural beauty of the trail competes only with the most exquisite man-made beauty, as the trail takes you past some of the Lake’s most gorgeous villas and charming churches.
– Nicole Trillivas, Author of Girls Who Travel
Puy Pariou, France
One the most perfect hikes I’ve come across in my travels was the Puy Pariou volcano in the Auvergne region of France. It’s not too steep, making it the perfect hike for all ages and endurance levels. The trees provided shade from the light rain and seemed to almost form an arch up the pathway to the top. The rustling dead grass underfoot reminded us that we were in nature’s domain. And when we reached the top, the view both into the volcano and the rockets streaking across the sky over the next town was perfect.
– Abby, The Winged Fork
The Canyon of Waterfalls, Bulgaria
Thale, Harz Mountains, Germany
– Ilana D. Weissz, Ilana Travels
Vatnajolull National Park, Iceland
Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve, New South Wales, Australia
Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve is an uncommonly beautiful area for a hike in fall. Hundreds of deciduous trees act as a colourful backdrop against the dramatic limestone caves and cliffs which dominate this area. Several hikes on formed paths are available to walkers and are populated with quiet native wildlife including wallabies, kangaroos, and lyrebirds. There is no entry fee to the park, although, for those wishing to explore the three major caves, tickets can be bought from the on-site visitors’ centre.
– Barbara Bryan, Let’s Go Mum
White Mountains, New Hampshire
The White Mountains of New Hampshire are famous for their fall foliage. There are hikes for all skill levels, many ending in beautiful waterfalls. One of my favorites is the moderately stressful hike to the AT Hut and marsh at Lonesome Lake. Check out 5 Scenic Family Hikes In New Hampshire’s White Mountains for specifics.
– Jamie Italiane, The Daily Adventures of Me
– Lisa Krüger-Franke, Anywhere’s Perfect
Saxon Switzerland, Germany
Saxon Switzerland is the German part of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and offers wonderful hiking trails with spectacular views of bizarre rock formations as well as the famous Bastei Bridge. Very popular in summer, the region is a secret in fall, when you can enjoy colorful leaves and magical fog above the river Elbe. Start by cruising the Elbe river, hike up to the bridge and end your day soaking in the hot water of the regional thermal bath.
– Isa, of penguins and elephants
– David Johnson, Travelsewhere
Blue Mountain, Adirondacks, New York
Ashridge Estate, United Kingdom
Most fall hikes focus on places with beautiful maple trees changing colour. If you want something different, head to Frosty Mountain near Vancouver, Canada. This 18km/11 mile hike is home to some of the rarest (and coolest!) trees: the alpine larches. These hardy trees can be thousands of years old and only live at high elevations that get lots of snow in the winter. They are a coniferous tree but they behave like a deciduous one: In the fall their green needles turn a brilliant gold before dropping off! There’s a short 3-week window in late September and early October to catch them changing colour so make sure you don’t miss it.
– Taryn, Happiest Outdoors
Mount Healy, Denali, Alaska
Fall is a special place in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska and nowhere is that more evident than at the summit of Mount Healy. Mount Healy is a 2.7 mile one-way (or 4.4 miles round trip depending on which park service map you use) hike. As you accent from the valley floor, you pass thru the golds of the aspen trees and into the reds of the willow. At the summit, you are met with an outstanding view of park’s front country.
– Jennifer Melroy, Made All The Difference
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