Fancy a break before the cold weather settles in? Autumn holidays are just the thing. Explore woodland wonderlands and other autumn travel destinations surrounded by fiery foliage and take some snaps of the stunning seasonal landscapes. So make sure you don’t forget your camera! But where to go? We’ve put together a list of the top 5 best places to visit in autumn to make the decision easier for you. Find our top picks below.
Where are the best autumn travel destinations?
So, where to travel in autumn? From the ancient city of Kyoto in Japan, to the rolling hills of Tuscany, choosing an autumnal holiday is no easy feat. Whether you’re looking for a trip filled with exciting expeditions or relaxing strolls in the country followed by a glass of wine – we’ve got you covered. Here are our top 5 best places to visit in autumn:
1. Novosibirsk, Russia
One of the best places to visit in autumn is Russia. Specifically, in western Siberia. Novosibirsk boasts some of the best city parks in Europe. Lined with birch, pine and aspen trees, Novosibirsk provides classic autumnal imagery, alongside impressive sights like the Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Worried about the cold weather? It may not be as chilly as you’re anticipating. The capital of Siberia experiences an Indian summer from mid-September to mid-October, making it the perfect temperature for strolling around the city and along the Ob River. Just remember to pack a cosy fleece for some lightweight cover while you’re on the go.
2. Kyoto, Japan
How about the best place to see autumn leaves? Head to Japan. You’ve heard all about the cherry blossoms of spring in Japan, but what about the forgotten foliage of autumn? Equally as magnificent but less well-known, Kyoto is full of picturesque autumnal scenes. Head over to the ancient city between mid-October and December for the best red and orange blooms. Wondering where to go to see them? Some of the best hotspots are the Tofuku-ji Temple, the Ginkaku-ji Temple and the idyllic mountain village of Takao. Go to Kyoto for one of the best autumn travel destinations in October and November.
3. Bruges, Belgium
Looking for a touch of history on your autumn travels? Discover Bruges. This cosy little city is full to the brim with medieval buildings, lush forests and miniature chapels for you to explore. And it is all the more welcoming come autumn. Make your way to Brugse Vesten to witness the colours of Belgian autumn, or head to Bruges’ own UNESCO World Heritage site, The Bruges Begijnhof, for a step back in time. If the weather starts to dip, keep yourself toasty with a deliciously indulgent hot chocolate!
4. Yosemite, USA
ock climbing and impressive landscapes more your thing? Yosemite is one of the best places to visit in autumn for just that. With its pleasantly mild weather and the thinning crowd, visiting in autumn makes it all the more worthwhile. Fan of fishing? Make the most of the season by trying your hand at trout fishing at Tenaya Lake or the lower Merced River. To catch a glimpse of the colour-turning trees, make your way to Tioga Road and Fern Spring for some of the most striking views of autumn foliage.
5. Tuscany, Italy
Wondering where to go for autumn sun? One of the best travel destinations in October and November is Tuscany. On the west coast of Italy, this region is home to the city of Florence, alongside the rolling hills of Chianti and Val d’Orca. Wherever you visit in Tuscany, revel in its rustic beauty during the autumn months. Partial to a mushroom dish? Go mushroom picking! Perfectly fresh in October and November, this is the best time and place to treat yourself to a meal packed with mushrooms. Just remember to get a license if you want to pick them yourself.
Feeling inspired? Start planning your autumn travel today. Check out the travel inspiration section of our blog to inspire you for your next adventure. And make sure you have all the gear you need for your trip from our men’s outdoor clothing and women’s outdoor clothing collections.