5 places to visit in late Autumn
I’m lucky enough to live in one of the best spots for leaf peeping.
For years I’ve had the tradition of taking a drive through the canyons and mountains in the area during the first weekend of October. Usually at that time the leafs are in peak color changing season, and the slight nip in the air completes the sense of Fall that is on its way in. The mountains are covered in reds, oranges and yellows. It’s a whole other level of beauty, and it’s my favorite time of year to go on a morning hike or afternoon walk.
I have no need for social media or escaping during this time of year.
But just a few short weeks later, the leaves have fallen and the nip in the air has turned into a full frost. That’s when my mind starts turning to my next trip again.
Late fall can be a tricky time of year to travel, but there are actually many places around the world that provide a great opportunity to see some of the best places during a low tourist season. In many of my recommendations, the temperature will be mild-warm — perfect for a day of sightseeing without sweating buckets or needing a parka.
If you’re looking for a great getaway during the last few months of the year, keep these destinations in mind.
The best Fall travel destinations
From beaches and sun to charming streets and eats — Here are some ideas for your Autumn getaway
Australia and New Zealand
Australia and / or New Zealand make perfect sense for an end of year trip. Since they’re located in a different hemisphere, the seasons are opposite of the United States’, making it a nice, temperate escape from the chilly weather.
Fall is one of my favorite times to visit the Caribbean. Last year we went to Puerto Rico during the first week of November, and it was perfect! Hurricane season is over, but the wave of winter tourists haven’t arrived yet. You’ll have your pick of great beaches, delicious, fresh food and be first in line at all the attractions.
Plus, rates are cheaper during this lower tourist season, so you’ll likely be able to get some great deals on housing, flights, and even activities.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is one of the southern United State’s more historic cities, founded in 1670. You’ll find cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and its famous pastel houses can be best enjoyed in the fall when the heat and humidity isn’t quite as intense as during the summer months.
If you’re a history buff, the historic Civil War sites can’t be missed, either.
Charleston is a great place for a getaway that’s full of history and southern charm.
Portugal is a popular destination for its fantastic beaches and proximity to Spain, but a trip during the fall means you’ll likely be able to see a lot more that Portugal has to offer. The summers can be scorching, but the more temperate Autumn weather allows for more site-seeing in each day and more time to soak in the beautiful spots and culture.
I’ve also seen many great flight and vacation deals to Portugal during this time of year, so you might be able to snag a killer deal if you keep your eyes open!
If you’re looking to take a trip to one of the most popular travel spots in the world, late fall is your best bet at avoiding the crowds or over-tourism. September and October are the rainiest months in Thailand, but a trip a bit later in the year is a fabulous time to experience the wide array of sites, sounds and activities that Thailand has to offer. Whether its visiting an elephant sanctuary (no rides, please!) or spending the nights partaking of the famous street food markets, late fall is a great time to consider a trip to take in Thailand’s beauty.
What are your favorite fall destinations? Do you feel like traveling more during certain times of the year? Sound off in the comments, or send me a DM on social media!