Autumn is a wonderful time to travel–fewer crowds, lower costs, perfect weather and dramatic scenery. We’ve pulled together a list of destinations at the top of our travel wish list that thrive at this time of year.
The heat of North Africa becomes all the more attractive come the colder months. Visit the charming imperial city of Marrakech and enjoy mild temperatures as you explore the bustling medina, indulge in flavourful cuisine and soak up the cultural sites. If you’re looking to experience a stay in a traditional riad head to L’Hotel Marrakech or, for a little more peace and quiet, Villa Zin from The AWAY Collection is a private villa for up to 16 guests only 25 minutes from the city.
Kyoto, the former capital and cultural heart of Japan, known for its historic temples, narrow streets, endless shrines and Zen gardens, truly comes alive in autumn. The fall foliage that engulfs the city’s most iconic spots is a sight to behold. Be sure to visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kinkaku-ji: The Golden Pavilion and Mt Takao. Stay at Hoshinoya Kyoto, a traditional Japanese Ryokan accessed via private boat ride.
The Berkshires, Massachusetts, United States
If you’re looking to experience autumn in the United States, put this picturesque corner of New England at the top of your to-do list. The Berkshires, the mountain range that commands western Massachusetts, flaunts scenes plucked straight from a film. Imagine winding roads lined with scarlett hues and pastoral landscapes, and quaint towns with country fairs and beautiful boutiques. Stay at Wheatleigh in Lenox, a magnificent 19th-century mansion touted as “the most sophisticated country house hotel in America.”
Autumn, when the weather cools, the crowds subside and a honey hue envelops the city, is the perfect time of year to soak up the wonders of Rome. Meander through the city’s picturesque streets, marvel at the historical sites with fewer queues and lower prices, and delight in seasonal cuisine with star ingredients like truffles, pumpkins, zucchini and artichokes. Hotel Eden in the Old City is perfect for discerning travellers seeking five-star luxury or, equally as beautiful Villa Nocetta is a private rental property just a short drive from the centre.
Goa is pleasantly cool and beautiful balmy this time of year, making it the perfect season to visit. In stark contrast to the nation’s chaotic cities, the palm-fringed state provides the perfect introduction to India. Expect to be dazzled by scenic beaches, stunning wildlife and welcoming people. Stay at The Leela Goa, a five-star resort at the ocean’s edge.
The two-continent city of Istanbul is a great destination to visit year-round but, if we had to pick, an autumn break is the way to go. As well as comfortable temperatures and fewer visitors making seeing sites like the Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar a little easier to navigate, the colours of the season dotted in and around an urban landscape is a spectacular sight. Stay at Soho House Istanbul–incredible interiors and plush beds await.
Come autumn a golden glow, crisp air and brilliant shades of red and yellow embellish the history-rich city of Edinburgh. Perfect for an easy UK weekend break, head here and explore the moody Old Town with a walk up the Royal Mile, warm up at one of the many whiskey bar and lounges or take in the fall foliage with a stroll through Princes Street Gardens or The Meadows. For even more reason to visit, Edinburgh lights up with holiday festivities at this time of year, offering some of the best Christmas markets in Europe. Stay at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian , a significiant city landmark with incredible views of Edinburgh Castle.