Season of crisp air and mellow fruitfulness, autumn arrives with all shades of vibrant color and natural beauty. Whether in search of epic hikes, low-price accommodation, or wine tasting in less crowded places, cooler weather makes it an excellent time to visit some of those perennial destinations on everyone's bucket list.
Autumn is also a majestic season for leaf-peeping, thrilling festivals, pumpkin picking, and scenic drives. For adventurous tourists who seek the vibrant colors of fall, there is plenty to see and do in fabulous outdoor destinations before winter arrives. Here are ten autumn-themed places worth visiting in November.
10 Asheville, North Carolina
Tucked away in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a perfect place in the US for a fall getaway. This quaint mountain town goes by many names, like hipster town or bluegrass home, and it's easy to see why. Asheville's unique shops, vibrant art scene, and breathtaking scenery make it North Carolina's best-kept secret. Tourists can expect endless fun outdoors, thanks to many hiking trails and picnic spots that offer many opportunities to view the vibrant red, orange, and yellow colors of changing leaves. Besides the striking views, Asheville is also a hot spot for thrilling festivals during fall, boasting events like Mountain Life Festival and Bigfoot Festival in Marion.
9 Yellowstone, Wyoming
Yellowstone is another excellent destination to experience jaw-dropping fall foliage. Void of camera-toting tourists during fall, Yellowstone begs to be explored with little to no interruptions except a glimpse of a bison or two on the beautiful landscape. Yellowstone National Park, the town's major attraction, is a good place for outdoor activities. While here, visitors can hike and bike through while they experience the colorful transformation of trees, shrubs, and grass.
8 Stowe, Vermont
Boasting a blend of red, orange, yellow, and brown shades during autumn, it's no wonder Stowe is famously known as "Fall's Color Capital." The beautiful town features surrounding slopes ideal for hiking, biking, and skiing. Tourists can also take a fun zip-lining tour or a relaxing gondola ride to experience the town's beauty from high above.
7 Napa Valley, California
Looking for an ultimate leaf-peeping destination? There is no better place to experience outstanding views than in Napa Valley. North Carolina isn't all about fine dining, as there is much more to see and do outdoors. While here, tourists can witness the foil foliage transform the vineyards and even go the extra mile of learning how the harvesting process takes place. Booking a hot air balloon ride is recommended to experience the fall colors from a more unique perspective.
6 Ozark National Forest, Arkansas
The forest boasts over 1.2 million acres of natural and peaceful beauty, featuring spectacular scenery of the Ozark Mountains. Fall brings out a new side of Ozark National Forest, with autumn foliage at its peak in October and early November. There is hardly any favorite spot in the forest, as admiring the colorful transformation of the trees is possible from every angle. Other highlights of Ozark National Forest include idyllic waterfalls, sparkling springs, and awe-inspiring caves.
5 Loire Valley, France
Fall in Loire Valley is an exciting time of the year. The UNESCO World Heritage area surrounds a 170-mile section of the Loire River, delivering crisp reflections of the fall foliage process. The town is charming, enchanting visitors with exquisite gardens and whimsical castles. During this colorful time of the year, visitors can visit vineyards, attend festivals, or try tantalizing French cuisine.
4 Douro Valley, Portugal
An autumn trip to Douro Valley should be on every traveler's bucket list. The destination isn't too far from France, meaning the demarcated wine region delivers spectacular views at this time of the year. Douro Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Center and offers wine-tasting tours. During the visit, tourists can marvel at the speckled gold and crimson colors of the vineyards covering miles of the valley. Carrying a camera is highly recommended.
3 Lake Bled, Slovenia
Located in the Julian Alps, Lake Bled is one of the most photographed lakes in Slovenia. The enchanting destination captivates any visitor, thanks to the breathtaking autumn foliage displays. The blue lake, surrounded by the rugged mountainscape and vibrant autumn colors, makes this destination a natural haven. Lake Bled is a hive of activities where tourists can hike to two panoramic viewpoints, visit the iconic Bled Castle, or row a rented boat on the beautiful lake.
2 Transylvania, Romania
Transylvania is often associated with creepy stories, gothic-style castles, and of course, Dracula. However, this medieval town has astonishing beauty that is unknown to many. Tourists can visit this hidden gem in the fall, where they can experience the spectacular views of the wildflower meadows, ancient oak forests, and ornate palaces' architecture. Alternatively, Transylvania is an excellent destination for hiking and mountain biking, thanks to the heavily-wooded valley that offers a lot of outdoor fun.
1 Plitvice National Park, Croatia
Plitvice National Park is one of Croatia's most famous parks, and it's easy to see why. The park boasts otherworldly scenery that mesmerizes tourists all over the world. Whereas the summer is always crowded, fall presents an excellent opportunity for visitors to experience the magical views of waterfalls that seem like they are straight out of a fairy tale.