With autumn just around the corner, I think it’s time to collect our summer memories and lock them somewhere in a suitcase in order to make room for others. Although fall comes with chiller days and gloomier skies, that doesn’t mean we should stay home and watch Netflix. This is probably the best time of the year to travel the world, discover new places, satisfy our craving for culture and history, and engage in various sports and outdoor activities.

Here are 10 excellent fall destinations I would never say no to:

10. Shanghai, China

Shanghai skyline

Shanghai lies in eastern China, in the region called the Yangtze River Delta, as one of the largest cities in the world, and one that never stops evolving. Fabulous skyline, great shopping, delicious food, and a sparkling street life are probably the main reasons why thousands of people from all over the world visit Shanghai each year. The ideal time to enjoy the city’s cosmopolitan culture or its vibrant nightlife, to soak up the bouncing pulse, or to treat yourself to some gorgeous fall foliage is September/October.

9. Munich, Germany

Munich architecture

Munich, the capital of Bavaria is a beautiful cultural city sprinkled with museums, galleries, theaters, and lovely historical buildings, but the real reason why travelers flock to Germany’s third largest city particularly in the fall, is the world-renowned Oktoberfest, which, together with the charming 200 beer gardens, makes Munich the world’s beer capital.

8. Riviera Maya, Mexico

Tulum, Riviera Maya

If you haven’t got the chance to experience summertime in its entire splendor this year, then Riviera Maya is the ideal travel destination for you. Featuring miles of miles of white, powdery beaches, sparkling waters, ancient Mayan ruins, and perfect tropical weather, the stunning Mayan Riviera in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico is waiting for you to enjoy it. Although September and October are the wettest months, there is still plenty of sunshine and low-priced luxury hard to refuse during this time of year.

7. Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii

Often regarded as the best island in the world, Maui is a great option for your fall vacation, whether you’re looking for lovely beaches, diverse culture, rich history, or spectacular Hawaiian landscapes. One of the best periods to experience Maui is between September and November, when the island enjoys beautiful weather, fewer crowds, great deals, and many cultural celebrations, such as the Aloha Festivals, the Maui Ukulele Festival or the Lahaina Plantation Days. Additionally, the days are soaked in sunshine, which means water sports and outdoor activities are endless.

6. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentinian Tango
Photo by Gustavo Brazzalle

Seductive, effervescent, and deeply cultural, the capital of Argentina is probably one of the few cities in the world that manages to combine with such a grace the beautiful warm Latin American vibe with the European elegance. Besides, when fall arrives in the Northern hemisphere, Buenos Aires comes to life with blooming trees, lots of sunshine, cultural events, and pleasant temperatures, marking the entrance of spring. Therefore, Buenos Aires is not only the city of tango and succulent beef, but also the ideal place to go when you fancy a vacation with a weather twist.

5. Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux Bell Tower

Traveling to Bordeaux in the fall means pleasure for all senses. Matching the harvest season, the months of September and October are ideal to pay Bordeaux a visit. Ideally located in the heart of France’s most prestigious wine region, the beautiful city welcomes travelers with exclusive art galleries, bold neoclassical architecture, gorgeous boulevards, chic open-air markets, and fantastic wine. Autumn in Bordeaux comes with various events, including the Foire aux Plaisirs Funfair, the Bordeaux Opera Season, and many other culture, sport, jazz, and wine-tasting festivals.

4. Santorini, Grece

Oia Village, Santorini

Although most travelers head to Santorini from July through August, the best time of the year to visit the breathtaking Cycladic island is from early September to mid-October, when the sun is bright, the water is perfect for swimming, hotels offer great deals, the lively atmosphere is in full swing without being crowded, and the sunsets are still the most spectacular in the world. Additionally, the pleasant weather will allow you to visit the island’s excellent wineries, archaeological sites, museums, and impressive churches.

3. New York City

NYC foliage

New York City is especially beautiful in the fall, when the temperatures are mild, the light is gorgeous, and the autumn’s wonderful shades blend exquisitely with the city’s majestic skyscrapers. Each season has its own charm in the Big Apple, and fall is definitely for long romantic walks and great parades. Highlights include the fabulous Village Halloween Parade on October 31st and the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which kicks off the magical Christmas season in New York City.

2. Siena, Italy

Siena, Tuscany

Tuscany is a true paradise on Earth during the fall season, and Siena – with its timeless architectural beauty, bright blue skies, and medieval flair – is a feast for the eyes and soul. While September is still very hot, autumn in Siena can be experienced throughout the months of October and November, when the beautiful Italian city comes alive with art festivals and various events. Additionally, you can top off your trip with a visit to the enchanting Tuscan villages of Monteriggioni and San Gimignano, both located within a short drive from Siena.

1. Quebec City, Canada

Château Frontenac, Quebec

Quebec is famed all over the world for its lovely autumn colors and flavors, drawn by the sugar maple trees. From September to November visitors are delighted with a blast of dazzling reds, yellows, and oranges, which make Quebec City and the nearby countryside one of the best areas in North America to see fall foliage. To enrich your experience here, you can also take a ride to the scenic Laurentian Mountains in southern Quebec or visit Mont Tremblant for its one-of-a-kind Symphony of Colors Festival, held each year throughout September.

What’s your favorite fall destination?

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