Thursday, August 25, 2016

Top 5 Autumn *Bucket List* Travel Destinations


I don't think many people view Autumn as the most ideal time to travel, but for me, it's always been a real pleasure traveling when the temperatures are mild and everyone has gone back to school. My mom is really big into foliage and the turning of the leaves, while I've only just begun to truly appreciate the beauty that is the changing Earth. When I travel, I look for the experience, you know, the relaxation, the adventure, or the time spent with my family. History also plays a big role when searching for that next travel location. However, now I really want to find a good medium when it comes to travel, blending both my desire for the adventure or historical aspects with the seasonal changes that only come around once a year.

Seeing as Fall is just a month away and I'm always looking/planning/dreaming of my next trip, I thought I'd share some travel destinations/trips I think are most ideal during this cooler time of the year.

Lake Louise, Canada

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If you haven't heard of this dreamy Canadian location, well now you have. I came across this through Instagram of all places and naturally fell in love with it's beauty. Located in Southwest Alberta, this idyllic lake, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and turning leaves, is perfect for anyone looking for a romantic (is hosts a slew of weddings) destination, or for those who love nature and mountain getaways. To me, Autumn seems like the perfect time to visit because, duh, the turning of leaves and the surrounding lake region won't be covered in snow. 

Central Scotland

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Most people don't associate the color orange with Scotland- except if you're thinking of the gorgeous hair color connected to Scots. To me, when I think Scotland, green takes over my mind. But after doing some research, parts of this historic land does change color for the season. In fact, the best time to see the fiery glories of fall foliage in Scotland starts at the end of September. With tourism slowing in Fall and the weather cooling, some say the latter months of the year are the best time to visit Scotland. 

Iceland

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The major thing that draws me to Iceland is the Northern Lights. I mean, who doesn't want to see that wonder? And in Iceland, September is the month when The Northern Lights make their first appearance. Iceland can get dark and cold in the Winter, so Autumn is a great time to get to do most of the activities that are available in the Summer, while also enjoying the turning leaves and Northern Lights. Kind of the best of both travel experiences, if you ask me. 

Wisconsin, Autumn Train Tour

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Now that I'm living in the Midwest, I'm kind of excited for the fact that I'll actually have an Autumn season to enjoy. Coming from Southern California, we had maybe a week where the trees change and the weather gets really Fall like. Everyone here in Chicago keeps saying that Wisconsin has the most beautiful Autumns, and I can sure see why. There are trees everywhere! With my littlest man having a heart for trains, I figure taking a Wisconsin Train Tour of the turning leaves is a must for this season. They go all through the state and allow the adventurer to experience a true Wisconsin Autumn.

London, England

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I've actually been to London in October and absolutely loved it. The weather was cool, crisp and sunny, for the most part. I got to experience the wonder of the city, while still enjoying the colors, flavors, and weather of Fall. My favorite memory from that time was sitting in a tea shop and looking out the window at all the people, just living their lives. London is such a culturally rich and historical city, with more than enough to see and do, taking a break to just sit and enjoy the scenery is the real travel experience. 

Where would you want to go this Autumn if given the chance... what's on you travel bucket list? And where have you traveled in Fall that you just absolutely loved?? I'd love to know! 

20 comments:

  1. Lake Louise is beautiful any time of the year ;) Hope you make it to all these places!

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  2. Scotland! Yes, please! All of these places are stunning in the fall.

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  3. Oh I need to check out the one in Wisconsin since I live in Wisconsin. That's on our bucket list. To visit places that have beautiful views this fall.

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  4. All of these sound absolutely amazing! I love traveling when the temps aren't too hot, and the leaves are turning. My favorite time of year!

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  5. Take me to London ASAP! Iceland looks gorgeous too. Fall is my absolute favorite season:)

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  6. I have been wanting to visit Scotland for such a long time now. I will definitely have to plan it for their fall because it looks absolutely stunning!

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  7. Oh my. I love UK!!! Although all the places are amazing!!

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  8. Next weekend we are celebrating my daughter's 30th birthday and heading to Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah Mountains. If you have never done that trip you need to add it. Trust me you will not be disappointed. The speed limit is 35 mph through the beauty of the mountains and you can see bears, deer, bobcats and has a ton of scenic overlooks. I love Wisconsin too. I have to say Scotlans looks pretty inviting! Beautiful pictures!

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  9. I'm dying to go to London! But I think there are several amazing locations in Canada are amazing for fall travel destinations. I also want to hear out to the North Eastern US Countryside in NY, Vermont, etc.

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  10. All of these places sound amazing! I love London!

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  11. I want to go to all of these places, especially Iceland!

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  12. Anywhere in the midwest is beautiful with lots of colorful leaves and trees! :)

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  13. So many beautiful places to travel! I love traveling in the fall as well. I think it's nice to visit any area in the mountains when the leaves are changing. However, my husband and I are actually taking the opposite route and going somewhere tropical in October.

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  14. My husband and I recently went ot Iceland and it was one of my favorite places to visit ever!
    Kari
    www.sweetteasweetie.com

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  15. Woooow, they're all so beautiful! I love the fall colors too, and maybe one day I'll visit one of these locations.

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  16. All those places look amazing, but Scotland in the fall, gorgeous! And I agree, fall is some of the best time to travel. Kids are back in school so crowds are down and the weather is usually so nice!

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  17. I've never been to any of these places, but they all look amazing to visit!

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  18. Scotland and Iceland are high up on my list as well. Moved to Ireland a little over a year ago and both are so close to travel too so hopefully I can make it happen soon!

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  19. I can't wait to travel around this Fall, Ashleigh...although meetings at the UN is back-to-back unfortunately. Love to see your bucket list. I will add the to mine as well..

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  20. We do travel each fall.. funny enough since we live in New England we tend to travel south to places like Florida where we can't enjoy the foliage (luckily we always make it home in time to enjoy the nice temps and colors).

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