Now that October has arrived and the weather is gloomy, we thought we would put together a list of top travel destinations for autumn 2019! This will get you out of your anguish and give you inspiration on where to go during fall. From Rome to India, we have the perfect autumn destinations for you and your getaway preferences.
When we researched this list, we drew our results from a mixture of summer holidays with sea, sun and beaches to getaways where the autumn season is especially pretty and enjoyable. However, if you went away in summer and experienced a flight delay or cancellation, then look no further and learn about your rights as an air passenger now! You may be entitled to receive up to 600 euros in compensation.
5. Rome, Italy
During the summer months, Rome can reach up to 45 degrees Celsius. That’s not a pleasant temperature to roam around the city. However, during autumn, particularly during the days from mid-September to the end of October, the weather is milder reaching around 20-25 degrees Celsius and then gradually declines from late October onwards. Fall, in particular, is the time of beautiful earthy colours and soft light all around the millenary city.
Around mid-October Rome hosts 'La notte dei Musei', where 90 Roman museums open their doors throughout the evening and well into the night. Also worth seeing is the ‘RomaEuropa’ festival, which happens in the months of September and October. This is a top-class programme of avant-garde dance, music and drama events, hosting orchestras and acts from all over the world.
If you don’t feel like partaking in any of the above-mentioned events, you can bask in the greatness of the ancient Roman architecture speckled all around the city. No need to remind you about the Colosseum and other historical buildings, where the sights are considerably less busy during the autumn months and more enjoyable thanks to a calmer environment. You can reach Rome in 2.5 hours with both easyjet and Ryanair.
4. Pachmarhi, Hampi and Mysore, India
India has a very mixed climate in autumn. Due to its lower and higher altitudes, areas in India experience colder or warmer weather than what one would expect during the autumn months. During the fall, the mild weather gives way to festivals in different parts of the country where the locals harvest apples, fiery pepper, rice and other crops. Finally, because the country is so big, we’ve chosen three places where you’ll, without a doubt, enjoy autumn.
The town of Pachmarhi lies amidst rich green nature, ancient caves and waterfalls with rich wildlife. ‘The Queen of Satpura’ is one of the most popular hill stations and perfect for experienced hikers and friends of nature. The ‘Pandava and Jatashankar Caves’ are wonderfully intriguing and perfect for any adventurer.
Hampi was known as one of the richest and most prosperous cities during its prime. Now, a major part of it is made out of ancient ruins and, rightly so, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is truly an antique, dotted with ruins and exceptional pieces of architecture that will excite every history fan. This is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in South India during the autumn months.
And of course, autumn is the time in which the Hindu religion celebrates Diwali, also known as the festival of lights. This festival coincides with the Hindu New Year and celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness.
3. Paris, France
During this time of the year, Paris has a similar climate to the rest of Europe. If you’re lucky and catch warmer, sunnier days then you can enjoy temperatures up to 18 degrees celsius. The best thing about autumn weather in Paris is that the trees will be yellow and red, glowing with the change of season. You can fly to Paris with KLM in 1 hour 20 minutes.
During the fall, Paris is the perfect city for walks in the park. The ‘Parc Rives de Seine’, is a new green space which is situated right in the city centre and open to the public. The ‘Seine’ riverbank, running through the heart of Paris, is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, making it a special place to visit during dawn or dusk on crisp sunny days, when a fine mist covers the river. If you get tired and find yourself in need of a break, then you’ll find street stalls all along the riverbank, selling roasted chestnuts that are typical of the season.
If you do ever find yourself in Paris on a cold and rainy day, then that is the perfect opportunity to see a new exhibition. The ‘réntree’ is the start of a new cultural season in Paris, where plays and performances are presented and new exhibitions launched. The annual event was established in 1972, it is a festival that runs from October until the end of the year and has a mixture of theatre, dance, music, film and visual art events. All hosted at around 40 different locations across the city.
2. Munich, Germany
The weather in Munich can be very moody during the fall months. Because Munich is situated in the south of Germany, the weather can turn cold quickly before the winter months begin. However, similarly to Paris, Munich can have warmer days with enjoyable sunshine, but beware rainier and more unpleasant days may also be in store. You can fly to Munich with Lufthansa in an hour and 20 minutes.
Munich is an old town and, therefore, old architecture and majestic buildings are of plenty. ‘Schloss Nymphenburg’, which is a big baroque palace with lakes all around it, is situated in stunning 500-acre grounds. If you are looking for autumnal scenery then this is the right place for you. Lunch in the Schlosscafe, in the formal gardens, offers ‘Flammkuchen’, the famous tart with crème fraiche, bacon, onions and leek and is typically eaten in the southern parts of Germany.
Of course, the best time of the year for you to travel to Munich is in autumn, when Germans hold their annual folk festival called ‘Oktoberfest’. You will probably have heard of the massive glasses of beer, the traditional Bavarian dress code of ‘dirndl’ and ‘lederhosen’ and the pretzels and long tables full of jolly people! This is an experience that should definitely hold a place on your bucket list!
1. North and South California, United States of America
If you’re not quite done with sunshine, beaches and long summer days then Southern California could be your perfect autumn getaway! With its ‘Indian summers’, the south of the American state reaches 27 degrees Celsius during October, making a trip to the Californian beaches a medium to stop time and keep on enjoying the summer. With less crowded beaches and stunning sunsets, the Californian coast should always be considered when thinking about autumn destinations.
However, if you’re looking for typical autumn weather, nature, wildlife and outdoor activities then North California is the place for you. Especially if you like woods, hiking, long days outside, exploring nature and discovering new places. Mendocino County’s Redwoods is the place to start to fulfil your colourful fall dreams. During this time, the forests thrive to such an extent that they could very much compete with those famously located in Vermont. A traveller’s tip for this area is a morning hike through the Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve, followed by an afternoon in which you replenish your strength in a visit to the mineral bath at the Vichy Springs Resort.
If you’re more of a city explorer then the artist's village in Santa Ana should tick all your boxes. About 15 years ago, artists have started moving to the landmark Santora Building which has made the village grow into a space full of studios, folk art shops, galleries and more than decent restaurants. As you stroll across the Santa Ana streets you can either admire the art or the ever-changing colour of the leaves of trees growing on either side of the road.
California is the perfect autumn destination for anyone struggling to accept that Summer is over or those who have had enough of it and await colder days whilst aching for nature’s changing scenery. In California, all travellers will find the climate and activities that will comply with whichever vision of an autumn getaway they may desire fulfil.
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