5 Best Destinations to Catch the Spirit of Autumn

Whether it’s the particularly pleasing shades of yellow and red or an inexplicable dreaminess to their landscapes, these 5 destinations are among the world’s finest when it comes to embodying everything we love about the fall season. Warm up with a hot cup of Joe (a pumpkin spice latte, if you must), go apple picking, begin contemplating a creative Halloween costume, and take a walk in the forest to embrace autumn – these beautiful autumn destinations around the world make it seem more appealing than ever.

1. Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Cochem, Germany, a beautiful historic town on the Moselle; view of Reichsburg Castle

With its fairy tale castles, tiny historic towns, lush vineyards, and alluring lowlands (Rhine and Moselle river valleys), Rhineland-Palatinate is befittingly nicknamed “Romantic Germany” – and what better place to admire the foliage than in and around Germany’s dreamiest area?

Eltz Castle in Wierschem, Rheinland-Palatinate

The charming state is located in the west, bordering on three countries at once – France, Belgium, and Luxembourg – and serves as a perfect starting point for a longer travel route.

2. Napa Valley, US

Napa Valley is synonymous with fine wine and holds the title of Great Wine Capital, one of only a handful in the world. It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to imagine that the opulent Californian vineyards are a sight to behold come autumn – and the inevitable wine tasting comes as a pleasant bonus.

3. Ireland

Slieve League, Irelands highest sea cliffs, located in southwest Donegal

The medieval cities and landscapes of Ireland date back hundreds of years, flawlessly blending rich historic and cultural heritage with modernity. Many of Ireland’s most sought-after urban destinations are set against the backdrop of unspoiled landscapes, which makes it easy to make day trips out into nature.

Kilkenny, Ireland

Coming here isn’t restricted to fall alone – there is plenty of solid entertainment, good shopping and fine dining to be had all year round in medieval Kilkenny, cosmopolitan Cork or cultured Galway.

Hiking in Wicklow Mountains

In the fall, indulge in exploring the countryside, hike the picturesque hills or head out to the Wicklow Mountains (close to Dublin and Kilkenny), Skellig Michael in Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula in the south or the coastal areas of Donegal up north (part of spectacular Wild Atlantic Way) for some substantial outdoor time.

4. Sedona, Arizona

 View of Lee Mountain in Sedona (northern Arizona), Coconino National Forest

Find your inner balance amongst Sedona’s magnificent red rocks that aim skywards from the virgin Earth, overflown by translucent natural streams. The place has been a major traveler draw for centuries, and remains attractive to those looking for peaceful retreats and outdoor recreation.

5. Dordogne, France

An hour’s drive away from Bergerac: La Roque Gageac in the Dordogne

Bergerac, in the heart of the Périgord Dordogne region, is a compact ancient city characterized by elegant medieval and Renaissance architecture. Gourmet restaurants, street entertainment and the fact that the whole city can be explored on foot are all parts of its charm.

Bergerac is renowned for its wine, and a short trip to the outskirts of the city reveals a landscape of vineyards that produce some of the world’s finest vintages.