From the romantic backdrop of elegant architecture or glimmering waters, to settings for cozy cuddles with brews and spiced drinks—these top autumn travel destinations, as recommended by travel bloggers, will inspire you to chase that fleeting soft autumn light across the world for yourself.
Everyone has their own favorite spots for scoping out a bit of autumn, but for those who’d like a tip from those who travel most, here’s our list of travel bloggers’ picks for top autumn travel destinations.
“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
― William Cullen Bryant
- 1 Copenhagen, Denmark
- 2 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- 3 Oxford, England
- 4 Hamburg, Germany
- 5 Rome, Italy
- 6 Chester, England
- 7 Lisbon, Portugal
- 8 Bruges, Belgium
- 9 Seattle, Washington, USA
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Autumn travel destination recommended by Nick of Wingspreader Travel
The Danish capital of Copenhagen is beautiful in all seasons, but has a special vibe going on in the autumn. Be warned, it might not be the best place to visit if you’re looking for a little late season sun. It’s usually notably colder here than other western European cities in the fall. But if you pack some warm clothes, you will definitely enjoy everything that Copenhagen has to offer.
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Autumn travel destination recommended by Katalin of Our Life, Our Travel
We moved to Vancouver in August for few months. This was my first autumn in America. While growing up in Hungary, autumn was my favourite season, but this appreciation started to fade away during my last years spent in the boreal forests of Finland.
Finally, I feel it again. Despite the rainy days, the colors are stunning—red, green, yellow—and every shade of them! Colorful maples, oaks and alders are everywhere in the city! Not only on the streets and in the parks, but in the nature as well. It is the perfect time of the year to go for a hike. This is the most beautiful autumn I’ve ever had!
Autumn travel destination recommended by Sylwester of On the way to TV
Our spontaneous visit to Oxford turned out to be one of the most magical days we have ever spent in the United Kingdom. Exploring the University of Oxford in early autumn can be a breathtaking experience. The stunning architecture of the university buildings, together with colourful university parks, make the campus look like the set of the Harry Potter films. Young people studying on benches and lawns, playing games and cycling around creates the relaxing vibe of this harmonious place. It is definitely one of our favourite places in Great Britain, especially in autumn!
Autumn travel destination recommended by Christina of birdwinks
An autumn’s stroll can take you around a huge lake surrounded by trees of all color, from bright red to deep gold, the water reflecting and twinkling beneath the still warming sun, a clear blue sky above, sailboats sporadically floating in and out of sight, a fresh, salty breeze tangling your hair.
Sounds like a secluded little paradise somewhere, anywhere, far away?
Well – in fact, the lake called Alster is in the very center of Hamburg, Germany’s vibrant northern pearl. It’s fascinating, when on the water, you’re in the middle of a city above 1,5 million in population, and still surrounded by the fewest people.
But not only the trees offer a firework of colors. Rummage through diverse flea markets to your heart’s content, explore the numerous fascinating museums during greyer days (the Miniatur Wunderland will make your inner child’s eyes glow!) —and definitely enjoy the wide view over its typically copper green roofs from Michel, Hamburg’s landmark.
Autumn travel destination recommended by Clara of CLARA on the road
There’s something special about the light in Rome in autumn.
When you are going to visit Rome – it can be winter or summer – you are going to be overwhelmed by its majestic beauty. But I think it’s in autumn that the city brings out the best and shows its treasures in a magic light.
The Colosseum is always magnificent, but it is even more so with a red-purple sky background. Having a walk along the Tiber River is more picturesque if framed by red-yellow leaves. Even visiting Vatican’s Museum could be more pleasant if you know that, once you finish the visit, you will be embraced by a tasty pasta and a glass of Italian wine (yes, autumn is wine season) to be enjoyed on a crisp fall day.
And if you need to slow down from the city rhythm and relax for a while, why don’t you have a walk in the Orange Garden? It’s located on the top of a little hill very close to the center, and it’s an oasis of peace with a spectacular view on the city. It’s a small park full of orange trees, the perfect place to enjoy autumn color shades of this amazing city.
Autumn travel destination recommended by Emilia of Llamateurs
The best thing about Chester is that you can enjoy autumn in two countries at the same time! This border city between England and Wales has a lot to offer during this magical season. You can watch the autumn colours on the trees with a historical cathedral at the background (and visit it for free!), feel the Roman spirits during walks on the city walls (2,95 km around the city!) or feel the fresh breeze outside the local pubs near the canal. The best idea to see all the attractions (and stay fit all year long!) is to jump on a bike and go for a trip. There is so much to see! When you’re filled with energy, don’t forget to visit Grosvenor Park and feed squirrels. These little creatures are really friendly and if you have enough nuts maybe they’ll tell you secrets about Chester and why nobody wants to leave this place eventually…
Autumn travel destination recommended by Maria of The Wanderer’s Chronicles
It’s not without a good reason that Momondo has chosen Lisbon as one of the best fall destinations of 2016. The city is beautiful all throughout the year, but there are a few sound arguments in favor of an autumn. For one, the milder climate of fall can make walking up and down the seven hills much easier. Another advantage of visiting Lisbon this time of the year is you will find it less crowded. The high season for tourism has ended, and you’ll get to see more locals than visitors in the streets. The access to museums and monuments will be easier and the prices will be more attractive. You probably won’t find grilled sardines, but you’ll have roasted chestnuts if the temperatures start to dip and you want to warm up your hands. You can easily find this tasty snack on the streets—you just have to follow the smell and the signs of smoke. A paper cone with 12 smoking hot chestnuts will cost you around 2,5 € and will warm up your soul (and stain your hands, also!).
Autumn travel destination recommended by Rashmi and Chalukya of GOBeyondBounds
Bruges is a pure and untouched surreal medieval town in Belgium. It is well connected from Brussels and is less than an hour which makes it a perfect one-day destination from the capital city. Bruges in autumn turns more romantic than ever and one can enjoy the town in vibrant colors. We would advise spending a day in Bruges exploring the town by foot or by cycle rather than combining this beautiful city with other nearby attractions like Ghent. And when you are in Bruges don’t forget to have some Belgian fries, as Bruges is said to have the first and only museum dedicated to potato fries and the production of Belgian fries.
Seattle, Washington, USA
Autumn travel destination recommended by Marcie of Marcie in Mommyland
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So there you have it—the magic of the season through autumn travel destinations across the world. Now don’t get us wrong, we appreciate all the seasons: perfect hidden beach summer days, the blooming of Korean cherry blossom trees in the spring, or the gleefully unfamiliar Jeju Island winter that ushered in more snow than any of the previous 30 years. But still, there’s just something so whimsical and comforting about the season of falling leaves that makes autumn travel destinations all that more enticing.
If you’re in the autumn spirit yourself, keep a look out for our upcoming posts! We just visited some of the South Korea’s most incredible autumn travel destinations, and are excited to share them in all their glory! Follow Television of Nomads on Bloglovin’, Facebook, or Twitter, to be alerted to our new posts, or subscribe to our email list in the right sidebar.
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