There is a freshness that comes about in autumn, and along with it, the growing need for adventure. With the summer months at an end and a set routine in full force, it is no wonder we have this growing urgency to pack our bags and go on an adventure.
Luckily, autumn is one of the best times to travel to many places around the world. With thinning crowds, cheaper airfare, and pleasant temperatures, it is hard to find a reason not to book a last-minute trip.
No matter where you are in the world, there is an autumn getaway calling your name!
1. Yellowstone National Park
In October, Yellowstone National Park is gearing up for hibernation, and visitors can explore the park in a sleepy solitude. With large portions of the park closing down in September, the summer crowds thin out and allow autumn visitors to enjoy their time in nature with less company.
The West Entrance to the park is open until November 5th, which allows plenty of time to take in the mountain air.
With fewer humans, comes more animals. The elk are in rut, which allows visitors to hear the male elk bugles reverberating through the valleys.
With the rainy season coming to a close, Mexico offers a lush autumn getaway. The temperatures are cool and comfortable during the day and cosy at night. There are fewer tourists, which offers travellers the chance to immerse themselves into the culture.
There are a few festivals that take place in autumn, including Dia De Los Muertos or “Day of the dead.” While gearing up for the festival, cities in Mexico are adorned with altars of Marigolds, which are believed to guide the spirits of loved ones with their vivid colours and aromatic smell.
3. Albanian Alps
In autumn, the jutting peaks of the Albanian Alps begin to change from a vibrant green to the subdued tones of autumn. The temperatures settle around 15 degrees celsius, which allows a cool and cosy trek through the alps.
Taking a trek through the rural Albanian Alps gives you the chance to immerse yourself in the Albanian culture, learn the skills necessary for life in a rural landscape, and see some of the most untouched wilderness that Europe has to offer!
With beautiful traditional architecture dotting the landscape, the Albanian Alps offer an idyllic backdrop for a last-minute getaway.
4. Wild Sweden
While most people visit Sweden during the summer, taking a trip during autumn offers a unique experience that is perfect for the last-minute planner. Airfare is cheaper, but the richness of the experiences Sweden has to offer does not waver. With autumn coming to a close and the beginning of winter well on its way, Sweden at this time of the year offers both the potential for autumn colours and a winter wonderland.
Bundle up and go on a wildlife tour in Lapland to spend a night under the luminescent Northern Lights and see moose, or explore the wilderness in Stockholm. Either way, the crisp Swedish air will leave you rejuvenated when you head back home.
As large game gathers around the few sources of water in the arid landscape, autumn in Tanzania offers a great opportunity for safaris. In Ruaha, the landscape is dry and sweltering, but these conditions are optimal if you want to see some of the largest herds of elephants that Africa has to offer.
After a mid-autumn safari, you’ll almost be grateful to come home to the autumn temperatures.
6. The Smoky Mountains National Park
The Smoky Mountains offer an unmatched autumn getaway for the east coast of the United States. The leaves begin to prepare for winter as the days become shorter and the nights crisper.
Charles Bunion is a phenomenal hike, and if you are brave enough to climb to the sitting point at the top of the mountain, you can dangle your feet over the blazing expanse of foliage below.
With comfortable daytime temperatures making hiking a breeze and crisp nights that are great for being snuggled up next to a campfire, camping in the Smoky Mountains during autumn is a must.
7. Seoraksan National Park, South Korea
Seoraksan National Park is a testament to how magical nature can be. With granite rock formations jutting out from the orange, yellow and red leaves, mesmerizing waterfalls, temples, and breathtaking mountainous views, this national park is a must-see autumn excursion.
There is a range of hikes that accommodate beginner to seasoned trekkers, and a cable car for those who would rather take in the scene from the air instead of on foot. Some of the treks can take a couple of days, but others can be done in as little as a day.
Give yourself the gift of getting away this Autumn, and go explore one of these awe-inspiring fall escapes.