Fall in love with a new country, culture, and language this autumn. The crisp air, the colorful leaves, pumpkin-flavored everything, and so many events happening around the world. I’ve traveled to dozens of cities and have chosen the top 5 places to jet off to next this fall. It’s time to leaf on an adventure- where do you want to go next?
The summer crowds have lessened, the airfare is cheaper, and… Oktoberfest. Fall is a great time to visit Munich. Check “clink a stein of beer while wearing or lederhosen” off your buck list. Also happening are events along the German Wine Road where you can see the beautiful countryside and sip wine. Pro tip: book your course, flights and accommodations now before spaces fill up during the dates of Oktoberfest.
Ahhhh Paris- It’s even more romantic with the foliage surrounding you as you stroll the Champs-Élysées and gaze at the Eiffel Tower. In September and October, you can finally enjoy visiting Versailles with fewer crowds and an abundance of color: you’ll think you are in a watercolor painting. One of the best things to do in Paris to feel like a local and practice your French is to sip on a cup of coffee outside at a small coffee shop- perfect to warm yourself up as the new cold air starts to creep in. And don’t forget to check out these events: Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Nuit Blanche, and Salon du Chocolat.
Have you ever seen Tokyo’s hills covered in deep red Japanese maples? It is quite a sight to see. Autumn time in Japan is a time of beauty, a time of tradition and a time of great food. The traditional sumo wrestling tournament, Sumo Autumn Basho, is held in September. In October head to Hamarikyu Gardens to get a piece of tradition at the Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony. Japan’s autumn brings its signature specialty dish, Sanma, a pacific autumn swordfish, usually open flamed grilled and served with rice and miso soup. Maybe you want to warm up with matsutake mushroom soup instead, another fall specialty. One of our favorite experiences, however, is chestnut picking, which brings you out into the beautiful countryside. But most of all, fall is the best time for walking around and taking pictures of the beautiful footbridges, streams, and historic architecture covered in red Japanese maple leaves.
Foodies take note: autumn in Madrid is the perfect time to indulge in comfort foods like hot drinking chocolate with churros, cocido madrileño, croquetas, and stewed bull tail. Madrid also has some world-famous markets, like San Miguel, where the best produce is in season (grapes, spinach, chestnuts, apples, olives, pumpkins, artichokes). Another enchanting part of Madrid that is a must see are the parks, which are so colorful and a perfect place to have a picnic. Events to check out include Autumn Sherry Festival, Spanish National Day, and All Saint’s Day.
Plan the trip of a lifetime to Rome this Fall. With summer crowds gone and sweltering summer heat cooling down, you’ll enjoy shorter lines at the city’s tourist attractions and more enjoyable experience once inside. Trust me, the Sistine Chapel is utterly magical and even more inspiring when you aren’t bumping into other sightseers and tourists as you take it all in. Bask in the beautiful Roman autumn while taking in the fall foliage at Borghese Park or while on a bike ride along the ancient Appian Way. Stroll the streets of Rome while snacking on roasted chestnuts and watch the fall sunset while sipping local wine and enjoying other fall specialties. Practice your Italian skills and become a real Italian food connoisseur while exploring The Sagra Food Festival, all the while making your friends jealous of your Insta food pics.
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