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There’s no better month to take in the foliage, food, wine, and adventure of fall before the final warm days of the year draw to a close. Basically the warmer days of September transits into brisk afternoons of October, leaves begin to change its color and it falls to cover up the sidewalks, food menu swaps lemonade with pumpkin spice lattes. You can and should take advantage of the colors, smells, and sights of the harvest season, festival season, and the chance to spend those last few comfortable days outdoors. Traveling to various countries is a hobby for some and obviously, it offers some best and finest memories. With a surplus of foreign locations to choose from, narrowing the list down can be difficult. So let us take a tour of various foreign locations that are considered as the best spot to travel during the season of fall.
Why Istanbul? Because during the time of fall this place has low rates, fewer crowds, and spectacular weather conditions. Now the city is becoming more popular because of blossoming contemporary art scene which is held from September’s biennial to the gallery spaces popping up around the Beyoğlu district, not to mention the surge of high-end hotels. The city has got one remarkable hotel called as Soho House Istanbul, which occupies the former American Consulate, it has 3 restaurants, a rooftop pool, and the exclusive Embassy Club, where the city’s starlets hold court.
One of the best America’s road trip considered ever is the Skyline Drive – a remarkable and spectacular route that winds its way past the pastoral Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park. Why is it considered as best? Because during the time of fall creeper vines and dogwoods transform. After having the complete feeling of nature you should head east to the historic capital where a number of days can be spent touring monuments from the Civil War and the city’s numerous gastropubs and craft breweries, before ending up at the art-focused Quirk Hotel.
Why Cartagena? Because this city is famous for its Spanish-colonial architecture and local culture, from Caribbean music and dance to modern art and some of the best ceviche in Latin America. In addition to that the city has got design hotels, beautiful beaches that draw attractive crowds, or you can take a stroll through the El Centro’s cobbled lanes, lined with buzzy cocktail lounges, and last but not the least is the 17th-century walls overlooking the sea. So this is one of the perfect places to join here during the time of fall.
Acadia National Park, Maine
When it comes to seeking out autumn’s best foliage, Acadia National Park, in coastal Maine, is considered one of the best places to go. Bike the carriage roads or hike its many forested trails, which look out over the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, as well as the island’s many inlets. The park is also known for its abundance of wildlife, from red fox to seals and the rare bald eagle. Through mid-October, bird-watching enthusiasts enjoy Hawk Watch season on top of Cadillac Mountain, where peregrine falcons can be spotted riding the air currents.
In 2015 Nashville was voted as the Destination of the Year. This city is also called as Music City. This city is beautiful any time of the year but October is best because of cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, and fall festivals such as the Independent Music Fest which throws light on both emerging and established bands and songwriter. Music City has endless opportunities to entertain, from restaurants like Husk and Hattie B’s to music meccas including the Country Music Hall of Fame and the legendary Bluebird Cafe, where Taylor Swift was first discovered.
In Lima, Peru pre-Columbian heritage coexists with a contemporary art scene, high-fashion boutiques, and progressive restaurants churning out some of South America’s most exciting dishes. October signals the tail end of Peru’s dry season as well as the Lord of the Miracles annual procession, one of the largest in the Americas. Honoring the Peruvian image of a black Christ painted in colonial times (which survived an earthquake in 1746), believers clad in a purple process through the streets as vendors peddle food and candy. Another must: a Pisco sour and ceviche at any picantería in Miraflores.
Napa and Sonoma Valley, California
The season of fall is the perfect time to visit California wine country when the summer crowds have finally dispersed and harvests have just begun. Over here the season of fall is celebrated with harvest parties to hikes and pig roasts. In Napa wineries and hotels have been renovated into next-generation spaces of design. The places to visit over here are as follows:- the LEED-certified Odette Estate, with its glassed-in visitor’s center and living roof, Snøhetta’s new Modernist touch to Thomas Keller’s venerable French Laundry, Charlie Palmer’s new Harvest Inn complete with a restaurant and bar.
Festival season overtakes Ireland’s cities during the time of fall. In October, Belfast hosts its International Arts Festival; Cork hosts a Guinness Jazz Festival; and Dublin, the capital, celebrates its annual Theatre Festival. However, rainfall is also common this time of year. In addition to that, the scenic Wild Atlantic Way road traces the western coastline, passing some of Ireland’s most exotic regions like Connemara and the picture-perfect Dingle peninsula. Just be sure to bring your jacket.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Over here you will find awash in clay-colored adobe homes, boutiques selling pottery and art, and quirky locals. The ideal time to visit this place is between September and November as the climate remains temperate. October packs a double whammy especially due to Santa Fe Independent Film Festival highlights New Mexican and American films (past guests have included George R.R. Martin and Gena Rowlands), while, a quick drive south, over 700,000 spectators gather for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta—the largest of its kind.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Spring has sprung in the Southern Hemisphere, and the ski crowds are wrapping up their season on New Zealand’s South Island. You’ll still see snow on the mountains that frame this resort town edging the Southern Alps, but flowers will already be in full bloom, especially in the Queenstown Gardens. In Queenstown, often referred to as the adrenaline capital of the world, visitors bungee jump, skydive, canyon swing, mountain bike, and paragliding. For a more relaxing experience, spend a week at the Aro Ha Wellness Retreat, where yoga and meditation classes are held at a Lord of the Rings backdrop.