If you want to see the natural beauty of autumn, you may need to travel. Here are 10 cozy vacation spots to visit this fall.
Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons. The leaves begin to change to hues of gold, orange, and red. It is also the perfect time to visit some cozy vacation spots! So, grab your sweater and check out some of these beautiful destinations. And, find some great deals with Diamond Resorts to make your stay more enjoyable!
1. Chebeague Island, Maine
Chebeague Island* is a super popular summer destination, especially for those who live in Maine and the surrounding New England area. This island is a short ride from Portland and is very quaint and unpopulated – especially in the fall.
If you are looking for a quiet getaway on a cozy island, this is your place. Watch the beautiful sunsets, explore the surrounding sandbar at low-tide, or wander the island by foot or on a bicycle. Leave the hustle and bustle of life at home once you set foot on the ferry.
2. Dubrovnik, Croatia
If you are still looking for a beautiful beachside location with fewer crowds and a cozier atmosphere, then Dubrovnik* is your spot. This is a popular summer destination but tends to get overlooked as summer ends… though it shouldn’t. Dubrovnik’s temperatures drop a bit in the fall – making them more tolerable – and the tourist population drops, too. That means everything it offers can be accessed so much easier – including a swim in the Adriatic Sea** (which stays a bit warm, even after the temperatures drop!)
- Take a ride on the cable car up **
- Explore this walled city without suffering from the heat
- Sip your way through a wine country tour
3. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon* is just one of those cities that you will love to love – no matter the season – especially in the fall. Lisbon is thought to be a more affordable destination for European travel, but that is not because it is missing something. In fact, the culture and architecture of this city can transport you back in time.
- Fall is the time of year popular for festivals, such as Lisbon Fashion Week and its International Documentary Film Festival
- You will want to check out the fairy-tale castles throughout the city’s hilltops
- Enjoy the beach – without the summer crowds
4. Aspen, Colorado
Have you ever wanted to see first-hand, picture-perfect fall foliage? If so, then you will want to visit Aspen* during the autumn months. Aspen has mild temperatures during this time of year – which means it is perfect for mountain biking. After all, who wouldn’t want to get lost among the trees filled with bright colors?
Unlike some other destinations, Aspen still gets a crowd during the fall months. Perhaps it is because it’s the perfect time for those who aren’t into skiing to enjoy what the city has to offer.
By foot or bike, Aspen will get you outside with some of the most magnificent views.
5. Southern Vermont
Winding roads lined with trees of changing colors – this is Vermont in the fall. Auto clubs and scenic drivers of all sorts travel to this great state during the latter part of the year. The area is full of pumpkin patches, harvesting, corn mazes, and even game hunting during this time.
Did you know Vermont has forests that take up over three-quarters of its land? Imagine the array of fall colors throughout the entire state!
6. Asheville, North Carolina
For years, Asheville* has been noted as a great spot for a romantic getaway. Hence why it is also a cozy fall destination spot. This trendy city has a lot to offer in its artsy and culture-filled surroundings. And, because this city is in a centralized area of the United States, it takes it a while longer to hit freezing temperatures – meaning its beautiful fall colors stay around longer!
- Enjoy the many festivals that Asheville has in the fall
- Pick your own apples in one of their many orchards
- Be adventurous and take a hot air balloon ride to soak up the fall foliage
7. Bruges, Belgium
If cozy is what you’re looking for, Bruges* is where you will find it! This romantic destination is busy in the summer, but better in the fall. Fewer crowds and cooler temps make it a space to enjoy some world-famous Belgian chocolate while cruising its canals, where you will enjoy some beautiful architectural and garden views.
Bruges, Belgium is a well-kept, beautiful destination that is only amplified during the fall months.
Fall is the best time to visit Scotland. During the fall months, Scotland’s temperatures drop but are very manageable. The foliage and array of bright colors make for some wonderful hiking and sightseeing adventures. In addition, once the heat begins to dissipate, Scotland’s wildlife becomes more active and alert, including red deer, swans, and geese.
Get cozy in Scotland without all the other summer tourists.
9. Vancouver Island
Fall on Vancouver Island* is busy – but less touristy. The temperatures are cool and it does tend to get a bit rainy, but that doesn’t stop it from having a ton of activities to do! It’s romantic and revitalizing, and its breathtaking views and salty air make the trip a must!
- Check out one of the many festivals found on and around Vancouver Island in the fall: Great Canadian Beer Festival, Salmon Run at Goldstream Park, Vancouver Island’s Feast of Fields, and the Harvest Fair**
- Or, pick one of the many activities, such as hiking, biking, golfing, or winery visits while on Vancouver Island
10. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
You don’t have to be interested in hunting to visit Jackson Hole. This city is beautiful in the fall and is about as cozy as cozy can get! You can be indoors, cuddling up with your loved ones; or enjoy nature at its best with activities such as:
- Horseback riding
- Mountain biking
- Wildlife spotting
Enjoy the cooler weather, the colorful trees, and the views of the surrounding snow-dusted mountains. Be sure to check out Diamond Resort’s* accommodations in Jackson Hole
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