FALL TRAVEL IDEAS
Where to go in September, October, November
Looking for inspiration for where to go in September, October or November? From Bavarian beer festivals to a Kenyan safari, our continent-by-continent recommendations will help you plan the perfect holiday
Planning a trip in September, October or November? Join our whirlwind tour of the world and its best destinations to visit during the autumn months
Where to go in Europe
September is a great time for wine lovers to visit the vineyard towns of France, with Provence hosting festivities to welcome the much-anticipated grape harvest. The Ban des Vendanges (wine harvest celebration), which takes place in the beautiful coastal town of Cassis, provides an excellent opportunity to sample the region’s best wines. Insight Guides travel experts can plan a trip to the south of France from start to finish for you: submit a trip request online now. Alternatively, check out ready-made trips to Northern France and Paris. What are you waiting for?
If you're more of a beer connoisseur, look no further than Oktoberfest. The world-famous German beer festival, held inMunich, dates back to the celebration of Ludwig I and Princess Therese’s wedding in 1810 – and the party has never stopped. Traditionally taking place in the 16 days running up to the first Sunday of October, revellers enjoy all the fun of the fair and consume gargantuan quantities of beer, carried around 10 litres at a time by the energetic barmaids. This year the party begins on 17 September (contrary to the name).
Ireland is a fantastic place to visit for seafood fans. In late September, the opening of the oyster season is celebrated at the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival, the longest running festival of its kind in the world. Events include the oyster opening (or shucking) championships, foodie talks and demonstrations, as well as plenty of tastings. The festival runs on the last weekend of September each year, with this year's dates falling on 23-25 September.
With the weather warm but not too hot, September is also the ideal time to explore the coast of Turkey to take advantage of the spectacular sailing, diving and snorkelling opportunities available. The turquoise waters reveal spectacular cave formations and submerged wrecks. October marks the lower season where you can expect prices to be about 15-20% but it's best to bargain. Note that many small hotels, restaurants and pensions may close during this time of year. If anything, it makes the beaches that little bit quieter!
For opera buffs, a visit to Italy in October is in order; the annual Parma Verdi Festival is rumoured to be fantastic. Since 2004, the city of Parma has hosted the event, which boasts top-of-the-line shows and opera tours to boot. This year's festival kicks off on 30 September. Further west there's Venice, known for its melancholy air in the late autumn months as the heaving crowds disperse and seekers of a romantic long weekend can find that it holds a unique appeal. The lagoon city becomes swathed in atmospheric mists and is far quieter than during the (often pungent) summer months.
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6. United Kingdom
Spectacular firework displays are held all over the United Kingdom on 5 November (and on the weekends either side of this date) to celebrate Bonfire Night. The most impressive displays can usually be seen in on of the capital city's many parks. The event commemorates the anniversary of Guy Fawkes’s foiled attempt to destroy Parliament. You'll also see gigantic bonfires at the events, usually with effigies of Fawkes placed on top.
Ireland is a fantastic place to visit for seafood fans.
Where to go in Asia and the Pacific
If you make your way to Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living entity and one of the natural wonders of the world. Visit this astonishingly diverse and complex ecosystem in October or November (Australia’s springtime) for warm, dry weather before the schools break for the summer holidays over Christmas.
For a truly unique autumn adventure, take Insight Guides' Traditional Malaysia and Wild Borneo holiday; trek the lush rainforests of Borneo in October or November to spot the island's most famous resident, the orangutan. The third largest island in the world boasts a vast array of wildlife, a gorgeously verdant landscape, and stretches of wildly beautiful beaches. October sees the end of the high season (which runs from July-September) meaning crowd-free visits and cheaper prices.
Did you know that October and early November is a favourite time of year for the people of Tokyo? There are many mellow fall days when the city can show off its autumnal colours; ideal for strolling in Tokyo’s famous parks and gardens. Meanwhile, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Osaka makes for the ultimate destination for families (and Potter fans of all ages). Review Insight Guides' full selection of trips to Japan, and get planning your adventure.
Speaking of Asia, November is an ideal time to visit Vietnam as the weather is cool and the rainfall is low – perfect for exploring the wide diversity of landscapes squeezed into the country’s relatively compact area. The beginning of the peak season is in mid-December so fly out earlier to enjoy the jungles and beaches without the crowds. Insight Guides' Wonders of Vietnam tour takes in the country's highlights while steering clear of the tourist traps.
Daigoji Temple, Kyoto Japan. Photo: Shutterstock
Where to go in Latin America
November is a prime time to visit Chichén Itzá, Mexico, the best preserved Mayan complex in Latin America and included on Insight Guides' Magnificent Mexico and Mayan Treasures holiday. Keen travel photographers should consider hiring a horse to get a more dynamic view of the site and its surroundings, and be sure to pack a long lens for bird watching.
The 1st of November is the Day of the Dead, celebrated across Central America, but most notably in Mexico. This is an extraordinarily macabre annual event of skeletons and skulls, altars and tableaux, music, masks and costumes. Nevertheless, from a grisly dwelling on death, the Day of the Dead has become a lively fiesta that puts the celebration of life front and center.
Whether you're looking for a beach break, exploration of historic ruins of a cultural feast, Insight Guides' trips to Mexico will have you covered.
12. Argentina and Chile
Spring is on its way in the southern hemisphere! October sees long bright days in the south of Chile. And the streets ofArgentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, turn purple when the jacaranda comes into bloom, adding to the vibrancy of the city.
Ready to go? Insight Guides' Argentina and Chile: Wine Country Explored trip can take you there
A person with a costume on a cemetery in the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo: Shutterstock
Where to go in Africa and the Middle East
For wildlife viewing, September is ideal in Kenya, as this is when the wildebeest migration continues its eastern journey through the Masai Mara. The holiday crowds will also begin to thin, leaving you with better viewing prospects. Early rains throughout October and November attract the herds south. It is also an appealing time for birdwatchers, as many resident species are in full breeding colours and 100-plus species of Palaearctic migrants are present.
If it's more of an adventure holiday you're after, Namibia has superb areas for mountaineering; including the Spitzkoppe, Brandberg and Erongo mountains. October is early springtime in the country and the moderate temperatures and decreased rainfall make for a more comfortable visit than during the winter or summer months.
For sun and relaxation, try the Gambia in October or November. The skies are almost guaranteed to be cloudless and the weather warm (plus the mosquitoes are lower in number). And if you desire some adventure while here, this is also the best time to discover the country by car as the roads are clearer after the rainy season.
November is the optimal time to visit Dubai as the average temperature hovers just above 30ºC (86ºF). There's also plenty of sporting action happening in the city this year, including the conclusion of the motor-sport UAE Desert Challenge, the Dubai Rugby Sevens and the golfing Dubai World Championships. Take a break in this glamorous city onInsight Guides' Dubai Luxury Stopover holiday.
Beautiful African landscape in Masai Mara, Kenya at sunset time. Big tree and wildebeest antelopes. Photo: Shutterstock
Where to go in North America
Late September is the beginning of the 'leaf peeping' season in the far north of New England. The crimsons and golds of the tree leaves spread southwards as fall rolls on into October. Note that this counts as high season in New England, so hotel rates will climb in popular vacation spots.
The weather is usually crisp yet pleasant at this time of year in northern California and the Pacific Northwest. This makes early fall a great time to plan a visit to the national parks of western USA– beat the crowds before roads and trails close for winter at the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, Mount Rainier and many others.
While summers in San Francisco can be foggy and chilly, September and October are particularly warm and pleasant; unlike in Florida and the Gulf Coast where it's hurricane season!
Both San Francisco and New York City are home to the country's most elaborate and highly spirited costume parades for Halloween. And on the fourth Thursday in November (this year, the 24th), the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade fills the streets of New York with floats of giant inflated balloons, flanked by marching bands.
From late November, skiers can begin to take to the slopes in Canada. With all the flavour of an Alpine town, Banff celebrates the first snowfalls with the WinterStart festival. This time of year also sees many events across the country, including the Atlantic International Balloon Festival, Toronto's Interntional Film Festival and Nuit Blanche.
Fall Foliage and the Stowe Community Church, Stowe, Vermont, USA. Photo: Shutterstock
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