When summer starts to come to a close, do you find yourself turning a blind eye to pumpkin spice latte ads? And ignoring weather report that clearly shows autumn is on the way… Or maybe you can’t wait for summer to be over? And are eagerly looking forward to the slightest sign of autumn. Either way, this video is for you.
The excitement of autumn can be found in changing leaves, and seasonal drinks like apple cider. But not everyone is ready to let go of summer and embrace the change. Sometimes, you just need a change of scenery to help with the transition. The places we are looking at today will have you in the right state of mind in no time. We’ve looked all over the world to find the most exciting and stunningly beautiful destinations to visit in autumn. We are thrilled to share with you this list today. So, let’s get started!
1 – Lake Bled, Slovenia.
Lake Bled is found in northwestern Slovenia. It is surrounded by mountains that display every color leaf imaginable in autumn. Lake Bled is known as a tourist destination in Slovenia. However, in autumn, the area is quiet and offers serene natural beauty. You can walk around the lake and take in the sights. Or you can take in the view from a higher vantage point in bled castle. There is also a small island in the middle of the lake that holds a charming church. For a small fee, you could even take a boat ride to the island and climb to the top of the church tower to change perspective.
2 – Bran Castle, Transylvania, Romania.
If autumn brings to mind ghosts, vampires, and goblins, you might be interested in checking out Bran Castle. It is thought to be the inspiration for Dracula’s castle since it is the only one in Transylvania that matches the author’s description. But beyond its place and fictional history, the castle is the ideal place to visit in autumn. High upon a hill surrounded by trees with the leaves that turns yellow and orange. They also throw an epic Halloween party in the castle each year so plan your trip accordingly!
3 – Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany.
Bavaria is world-famous for Oktoberfest, its sausages and beer. But the city also presents an abundance of natural beauty, especially from October. For a striking contrast between man-made marvels and nature, travel to Neuschwanstein castle.
The 19th-century castle was the home of the Bavarian King Ludwig II. It looks like it’s coming straight out of a fairy tale. In Autumn, the trees surrounding the white castle mostly turn to a bright red. The inside of the castle is even more impressive than the outside. And typically, it is less crowded in autumn.
4 – Chemin du Gruyere, Switzerland.
Many people would never dream of visiting Switzerland outside of the ski season. But if you hate big crowds and overpriced hotel rooms, then autumn really is the best time to visit it. For an epic autumn experience in Switzerland, check out the Chemin du Gruyere. It’s a three-hour route that begins at an incredible chocolate factory. It includes a hike with wooden walkways with spectacular gorges, tunnels, waterfalls, and a famous castle. You will then land at the legendary Maison du Gruyere cheese factory. All of this against the backdrop of the Swiss Alps covered in vibrant autumn colors.
5 – Hraunfossar Waterfalls, Husafell, Iceland.
There is something about the cool air that makes waterfalls seem even more magical. One of the best places in the world to test this theory are the Hraunfossar waterfalls. Visitors in autumn will find spectacular views of the surrounding trees with their changing colors. There are also hiking trails, a glacier tour, and an ice tunnel.
6 – Casentinesi Forests National Park, Tuscany, Italy.
In Italy, you can find one of the largest national parks in Europe, Cosentenaties Forest National Park. This park covers 142 square miles of mountainous forested land in the Tuscan region. There are 400 miles of trails that can be explored on foot, by bike or on horseback. Of course, they are particularly colourful in autumn. The trails include the Acquafraggia Waterfalls, which can only be reached after hiking for a few hours. But they are well worth the effort. There is also a beautiful and historic monastery and sanctuary to check out.
7 – Plitvice Lakes National Park, Central Croatia.
Autumn is the perfect time to visit Plitvice Lakes National Park in Central Croatia. Indeed, it is less crowded but the views are even more beautiful than usual. The deep reds, yellows and oranges of autumn are found all around the hills and countryside and the waterfalls only add to the general beauty. Also, because there are fewer people visiting the area in autumn, hotel rates will be lower.
8 – Bukhansan National Park, Seoul, Korea.
With more than 5 million visitors each year, Bukhansan National Park is one of the most popular national parks in the world. It is home to Bukhansan mountain as well as over 1,000 species of plants and animals. Although the park stays fairly crowded, it’s less so in autumn. This is the perfect chance to check out the hiking trails, mountain streams, thick forests and temples on the 30 square miles of the park.
9 – Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Lapland, Finland.
In Finland, from August to early October, the forests are consumed with vibrant autumn colors. But there is something else that draws more people to Lapland, in these months. Autumn is the best time of year to see the Northern lights, starting around August 24th. At Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, visitors can arrange for accommodations in a glass igloo for about 350 € per night to get the best view of the spectacular light show. The incredible natural beauty coming from a diverse landscape combined with a once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing the Northern lights from your own personal glass igloo makes this the top destination to visit in autumn.
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