Autumn is the ideal season to escape and discover magnificent landscapes. To find out where to go on vacation in autumn 2021 to admire the fall colors, follow this guide.
Contrary to what one might think, autumn is not always synonymous with bad weather. Between a few showers, it is possible to discover sumptuous landscapes when the sun makes its appearance, when the trees are adorned with orange colors. Shades of red, yellow, orange and green: when exposed to good light, especially at sunrise and sunset, trees can offer exceptional views.
Although many families leave during the summer and winter, the All Saints’ Day holidays are also a very good time to travel. Far from the school rhythm, the time of a long stay or a weekend, multiple destinations exist to discover France and foreign countries during the autumn. A rental in a holiday club, in an apartment or in a house, there is no shortage of accommodation. Indeed, there are many advantages to leaving during the All Saints holidays, to take your eyes full and admire the shimmering colors of autumn.
Moreover, although France is full of beautiful landscapes, there are many must-see destinations abroad. To help you choose your destination in 2021, here are the most beautiful places to go on vacation during the fall.
Maple trees in a Kyoto park in autumn. Photo credit: Patrick Foto / Shutterstock
In Japan, the city of Kyoto is famous for its cherry blossoms that bloom in spring. However, the spectacle is also magnificent in autumn, since the city is surrounded by mountains which are adorned with a thousand colors during this season. This is particularly the case of the Kiyomizu-dera temple, surrounded by red-colored trees.
During the fall, Japanese maples have beautiful red colors which are a very popular tradition in the country. This custom consists of contemplating these color changes because in Japan, autumn is the second most beautiful season of the year after spring. Kyoto is a city full of temples and gardens full of trees, which can be admired from the end of August until the beginning of December, before winter.
During these dates, do not hesitate to practice many hikes in the forest which allow access to panoramic views of Kyoto and its mountains. Finally, this place between city and nature remains lively even at night.
Mont-Tremblant in fall, Quebec. Photo credit: David Boutin
Quebec is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful regions to discover during All Saints’ Day. If this province is famous for its winter freshness, it dazzles with its beauty in October. Indeed, Quebec is populated by many forests with incredible colors, which are revealed in the sun. By following hiking trails, you can discover spectacular views of the shimmering colors of autumn.
Quebec also has many lakes surrounded by forests, which allow you to see the fall colors reflected in the clear water. Finally, it is possible to go to the city of Montreal and visit the center, which is full of trees, parks… and squirrels! For a total change of scenery, do not hesitate to go on a trip to Canada.
Yellowstone National Park, USA
The fall landscape at Yellowstone National Park. Photo credit: Vic_nick/Shutterstock
Famous around the world, Yellowstone National Park ranks first in terms of visitors. This gigantic and world famous park is magnificent during the All Saints holidays, when it is possible to visit it while avoiding the crowds present during the summer. In addition, wildlife is also more active during these dates, so you will have a better chance of spotting wild animals such as eagles, coyotes, bison, grizzly bears or even deer.
Located in the heart of nature, it is advisable to go to this park in the United States from the end of September. This national park is full of trails that allow you to practice hiking or cycling, to discover magnificent forests. Ideal activities for the family, which will delight children and adults.
The Bavarian Lakes, Germany
The jetty at German Lake Starnberg in autumn, Bavaria. Photo credit: Andreas Prott / Shutterstock
During the school holidays, what could be better than going to Germany? In this country, the Bavarian lakes are considered the most beautiful in Europe. Between forests, castles, typical countryside villages and snow-capped peaks, Bavaria is the perfect region of Germany for walking in autumn. The Bavarian lakes reflect the color of the sky and the high mountains that surround the water, which makes it possible to admire the autumn colors that are reflected in the lakes.
During this magnificent season, the trees take on a golden and orange color. Thus, Bavaria has nothing to envy to Canada, because it offers fiery forests of shimmering colors.
The Wicklow Mountains, Ireland
Autumn colors at sunrise in the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland. Photo credit: Peter Krocka / Shutterstock
Very close to Dublin, Ireland, you can admire the Wicklow Mountains. This region is especially magical in autumn, as this season showcases the natural landscape and the beauty of the lakes. Between mountains, waterfalls, forests and streams, a walk in the Wicklow Mountains will dazzle you and allow you to be amazed, while being in the heart of nature, with the look of the countryside.
After a very nice hike, you can spend your stay in the Irish capital, to discover all that this country has to offer. Horseback riding, fishing, surfing, scuba diving… Ireland is full of activities to do with the family to make the most of your stay.
Discover Greece in autumn
Aerial view of the Vikos Gorge, Greece in autumn. Photo credit: Ververidis Vasilis / Shutterstock
Mid-season is the best time to go on a trip to Greece. Very fashionable at the moment, this island is particularly appreciated by tourists in summer, during school holidays. However, it attracts a lot of people, and Greece is usually full of holidaymakers during this period. So, to avoid the crowds, autumn is the most pleasant season to enjoy Greece and its sunny beaches.
During this season, the sea is still warm enough for swimming and it is possible to navigate more easily on the water, because the winds are calmer and the sea is calmer. The climate is still mild, making it the perfect time to stroll the streets of Athens and swim near Aegan Island.
Finally, being in Greece during these dates allows you to discover the local traditions, which are close to the heart of the Greek population. It is especially during this season that the population likes to pick olives. In Greece, October is also the month of the grape harvest. So you can enjoy Greek olives, grapes, oil and wine during your stay.
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Guanacos in autumn in Torres del Plaine National Park, Chile. Photo credit: Dmitry Pichugin / Shutterstock
In Chile, the Patagonia region is the perfect place to take long walks in beautiful sunny light. This is particularly the case in Torres del Plaine National Park, which is one of the most beautiful parks in the world. In this place, it is possible to see wild animals such as foxes, hares, flamingos, swans, pumas or even condors.
With its immense mountains, this national park offers 360-degree views of magnificent landscapes, which are enhanced in autumn thanks to the warm colors of the trees. In addition, this period is ideal to visit Chile because the temperatures are still warm, and the wind is absent compared to other seasons: a perfect place to rest during school holidays.
California, United States
The golden vines in autumn in Napa Valley, California. Photo credit: Alexandra Latypova / Shutterstock
California is the queen of Indian summers. In October, the days are still warm and temperatures can reach 26 degrees. Thus, one has the impression that the summer continues, while admiring the trees which become more and more red. During this season, the beaches and villages are less crowded, making it easy to bask in the sun.
In autumn, the sunsets are magnificent and even more beautiful than the rest of the year. Visiting California in the fall is also recommended to discover the harvest season. Indeed, this region is full of vines which are adorned with golden colors in October. In the Golden State, it is also possible to admire the fall colors thanks to the sugar maple trees. If this show is generally very short, it can sometimes last until November and is nonetheless sublime.
Mexico, to discover the Day of the Dead
El dia de los muertos takes place in autumn, in Mexico. Photo credit: Loes Kieboom / Shutterstock
In Mexico, San Miguel de Allende is a small village ideal for discovering the traditions of the country. Sublimated by its beautiful architecture, this place is perfect to enjoy the gastronomy and know the local customs. In autumn, the marigolds open and cover the ground of the village with a superb coat of gold. During this season, the temperatures are still spring-like in Mexico, and the nights are mild.
In Mexico, autumn also rhymes with the Day of the Dead, also called El dia de los muertos. This superb event, which takes place on November 2, allows Mexicans to pay homage to their ancestors. During this festive tradition, the local population joyfully celebrates the loved ones who have left them. Thus, the tombs and the streets of the villages are decorated with candles and orange flowers. In the homes, you can find photos of the deceased surrounded by candles, flowers, incense, sweets…
Finally, offerings are given to the dead to honor them. This celebration is very festive since many people like to wear makeup during this festival, and dress in folk costumes. To not miss this unforgettable show, mark your calendar!
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru, in autumn. Photo credit: SL-Photography / Shutterstock
Machu Picchu is a unique destination in the world and one of the essential sites to visit during a trip to Peru. Although it can be visited all year round, the best time to experience this site like no other is autumn, as tourists tend to go during the summer. This way, few of you will venture into the mountains and you can enjoy the view while avoiding the crowds.
In November, the temperatures are warm and although there may be some rain, the vegetation is dense. Thus, autumn is a very pleasant season to enjoy Machu Picchu.