Traveling in autumn not only means less crowds, temperatures that are cooler and often times great bargains, you can find magic around the world. Fall brings harvest festivals, pumpkin farms, apple picking, and beautiful color! You may ask yourself where you can see breathtaking colors, maybe you want to step out of the box and look in places you haven't thought of before. Wherever your heart takes you this season, here are 5 of magical places to visit in the fall.
Wine Country-Napa Valley and Sonoma County
Visit wine country in mid. October when the grape leaves change and the vineyards are bustling with color. Just an hour away from San Francisco, you can find many tours. Not only take is the lush colors enjoy wine tasting at three wineries. Visit historical Sonoma Square and have lunch. Overlook the beautiful views of the Bay and Alcatraz. Drive down Silverado Trail to view some of the prettiest Vistas. You can even get your "I love Lucy" on and stomp grapes in a barrel, dance to live music, and taste harvest inspired food.
Great Smokey Mountains
The views from the Great Smokey Mountains are stunning! You will feel like you are in a magical world surrounded by the colors and textures of the forest you'd think you would only find in a fantasy land. Surprisingly, less travelers are seen here in fall, making it a quieter place to visit and find peace from everyday life. The breathtaking mountain range runs along the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. Stay in Pigeon forge Tennessee, then take a drive 31 miles out to Cade's Cove a popular destination with interesting history from the 1800's. The peak foliage time is generally mid-October to early November.
Great Wall of China
Maybe you want to travel a little further for your autumn destination. Imagine how amazing the Great Wall of China would be in a full fall spectrum of color. One of the most famous sections of the Great Wall of China is at Badaling, from late September to late October the forest parks burst in an magnificent yellow and red sea. Not only are the sites great at the Great Wall of China, afterwards head on over to Mt. Huangshan and Zhangjiajie National Park for more spectacular color!
Take in culture and fun celebrating Oktoberfest in Bavaria, Germany. Bavaria is known for its famous festival in Munich, the stunning views in this rural region will have you speechless. Explore each surrounding small towns with their own Oktoberfest activities. Hike along the scenic trails under the lush fall color. Travel to Neuchwanstein to see a fairy tale castle wrapped in rich color, take a tour of the Neuschwanstein and Linderhof castle. The views will leave you in awe.
Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada
Fall is a spectacular time to visit Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. The fall colors make this trip worthwhile, catch them from mid-September through mid-October. The variety of tree species make for a beautiful array of color, enjoy the reds and yellows of Maple trees, the yellow hues of thee Aspen trees, then the golden mighty Oaks. Camp under the fall foliage in this quiet serene park. The park is also home to amazing wildlife including Black Bears.