We’ve arrived at autumn this year. And just like every autumn, it’s time for the bewitching transformation that happens around us.
Think about it: the leaves change into vibrant colors; the air turns crisp… It’s the perfect time to go out and set out on a memorable journey.
In the spirit of searching for picturesque views, here are some of the most enchanting destinations for autumn travel. So, grab your scarf and your camera, your favorite hot drink, and explore the best spots for this autumn.
Setouchi and Tohoku, Japan
People might not immediately think of Seto Inland Sea as a top destination during autumn. Little did they know, it truly deserves a place among the autumn wonders.
In the cities of Setouchi, the change of foliage is a view to behold. But other than Setouchi, there are some other places that you can go in Seto Inland Sea.
You can explore Okayama’s Korakuen garden, wander through Ritsurin in Takamatsu, and walk through the Old Temple Trail in Onomichi.
But one thing’s for sure, autumn paints Setouchi with its vibrant hues.
In Tohoku region of Japan, autumn comes a little later than in Hokkaido. This makes the season similar to that of North America and Europe.
During the autumn here, make sure to explore the northern half-dozen prefectures of Honshu Island in Tohoku.
Some of the favorite spots in these regions for autumn colors include Lake Towada and Oirase Stream in Aomori prefecture. Or, you can also go to Yamadera temple in Yamagata and Ouchi-juku village in Fukushima.
Whichever place you choose, these places come alive with the vibrant shades of autumn.
When you come here this season, make sure to visit SkyBridge Michigan. It’s nestled between the towering peaks of McLouth and Disciples Ridge.
You may think it’s just another bridge, but it’s not. It’s known for being the world’s longest timber-towered suspension bridge, stretching 1,200 feet and dangling 118 feet in the air.
On the bridge, you can make your way to the middle. Then, brace yourself for a breathtaking 360-degree view of Boyne Valley and the rolling hills of northern Michigan.
Remember, the foliage will have turned into colors of red, orange, and yellow—a gorgeous view to take in this year.
Once you’ve sated your eyes and minds with the view, you can head back and relax.
Around the bridge, you can curb your hunger and warm yourselves by the outdoor fire pits. Sometimes, at Boyd Mountain Resort, there are some live tunes to groove to.
If you have extra time, consider staying for longer. This place has a lot of seasonal events that’ll supercharge your Michigan experience, like Annual Skitober or Michigan fall fiesta.
So, for an unforgettable autumn trip where you can be surrounded by captivating views and thrilling activities, prepare yourself for SkyBridge Michigan!
Picture this: the fall of 1883, Impressionist legend Pierre-Auguste Renoir hops aboard a steamship in Normandy, France.
He then sets sail for the idyllic island of Guernsey, nestled in the English Channel. There, he spends five weeks on this British gem, soaking in inspirations.
Inspirations range from the island’s rugged landscapes, lush greenery, and the sunbathers along Guernsey’s pristine beaches.
Let’s snap back to autumn 2023. Guernsey is celebrating the 140th anniversary of Renoir’s game-changing visit. A valid reason to go here this autumn.
According to Jock Pettitt, the curation director at Art for Guernsey, this visit was pivotal to the painter’s career.
“This journey held immense significance for Renoir during a phase of artistic uncertainty. He later confided in the French art dealer Ambroise Vollard, saying, ‘I had wrung Impressionism dry and had come to the conclusion that I knew neither how to paint nor how to draw,’” Pettitt said.
In Guernsey, Renoir created at least 15 gorgeous artworks. And when he went home, he whipped up another 30 or so pieces inspired by the island. Many of these paintings captured the breathtaking beauty of Moulin Huet Bay.
The exhibition, named “Renoir in Guernsey, 1883,” is held at the Guernsey Museum at Candie. It’s open from September 30 to December 17, 2023.
But don’t think that your visit is gonna revolve around a museum. There’s also the Renoir Walk, a self-guided trail that allows you to follow in Renoir’s footsteps.
There, you can gaze through five empty picture frames cleverly positioned at the very spots where the master artist painted.
It’s like placing yourself in Renoir’s shoes and seeing Guernsey through his eyes. A perfect destination for art and adventure lovers.
Le Langhe is located in Piedmont, a charming region in northern Italy, where it comes alive during the autumn months.
Imagine the rolling hills, draped in vineyards, burst into a mesmerizing display of bronze and orange foliage. You’ll have yourselves stunning views veiled in the morning mist.
The views are not everything, though. Autumn is the season of the highly prized white truffle. So, from October to December, the city of Alba hosts an international white truffle fair.
During this time, you can indulge in delectable dishes like cheese fondue and creamy pasta, infused with the revered truffle’s exquisite flavor. Yummy.
Don’t forget to elevate your culinary (and local) experience by pairing the food with the region’s wines like Barolo or Barbaresco.
Nami Island, Bukhansan National Park, and Changdeokgung Palace, South Korea
If you’re in the mood for an incredible fall day trip from Seoul, Nami Island should be at the top of your list.
This charming island is just a short 25 kilometers away from Seoul Station, making it super accessible.
For the ultimate experience, you might want to consider booking a private day tour that includes this thrilling zipline adventure.
Picture yourself soaring along a 940-meter zipline at a heart-pounding speed of 56 kilometers per hour. You’ll find yourself not caring about the height too much, because you’ll be surrounded by the breathtaking fall foliage.
It’s a great chance to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of South Korean autumn. But if you want to enjoy the view from your own eye level, consider going to Bukhansan National Park.
The name “Bukhansan” translates to “mountains north of the Han River.” It’s home to three main peaks: Baekundae, Insubong, and Mangnyeongdae.
This national park is a favorite among both locals and tourists during the autumn season. It’s the perfect place for hiking and enjoying the vibrant fall colors along its trails.
While you’re out on your hike, you might stumble upon rocky peaks and serene temples. And, if you’re lucky, you might even be offered some makgeolli (a Korean alcoholic drink) or kimbap (rice wrapped in seaweed) by the friendly local elders.
Now, if you want to combine history with nature, try going to Changdeokgung Palace. Here, you’ll step back in time and wander in the footsteps of the great rulers from the Joseon era.
Even if you don’t want to enjoy it from a historical perspective, it’s still a great autumn destination. You’ll admire the gorgeous foliage and the well-preserved architecture of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
While you’re there, also explore the palace’s Secret Garden. Many have said that it’s an experience that’ll leave you in complete awe.