Now that autumn has arrived with full force it is easy to see a sunshine getaway as the only salvation. But if you know where to look, the season has much to offer the traveller, as nature transitions into winter through a celebration of colour in foliage, and the swarms of summertime tourists fade away, allowing for a more relaxing stay.Here are the Top 5 destinations in Europe and beyond to visit this autumn season.
1. The Lake District, England
As England's largest national park, the Lake District offers plentiful nature to marvel at, with a beautiful display of colour in the autumn. Each valley and lake has its own unique character that can easily be explored via the over 3,500 kilometres of rights of way, or by hiring a boat. If you get caught out in the rain you can always dry yourself up in one of the many cozy pubs in the region.
2. Transylvania, Romania
The darkening days of autumn and the changing colours of the landscape provide the perfect occasion for visiting Bran Castle in Transylvania, also known as Dracula's Castle, built in 1377. You can enjoy the distinctive culture of the region, evident in the architecture and cuisine of the small, traditional villages. Those who wish to delve deeper into the surrounding nature can also explore the numerous caves of the Apuseni Mountain range.
3. The Great Masurian Lakes, Poland
This popular holiday destination of over 2,000 lakes, vast forests and villages becomes more peaceful as the summer peak season ends and the autumnal foliage comes into its own. The marvelous scenery can be enjoyed from the shore, or by sailing or kayaking along the connected lakes. The area also provides opportunities to explore the splendid wildlife, for example at Lake Luknajo, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
4. Tuscany, Italy
Visiting Tuscany in the autumn takes on a different tone to the crowded summer season. With the number of tourists reduced, you can visit the must-see attractions in Florence
with added ease. As the weather remains mild and at times even surprisingly warm, strolling through the countryside is a bliss, with the full autumn colour palette in view. Autumn being harvest season means that you can also enjoy numerous wine tastings, or the white truffle festival in San Miniato, for example.
5. New England, USA
No list of top autumn destinations would be complete without New England. This collection of states on the East Coast has become synonymous with fabulous autumn foliage. The natural beauty of the season here is so famous that special foliage maps are produced to allow you to get the best of the burst of bright colours that is autumn in New England.& Autumn need not be gloomy, as these destinations are sure to leave you in awe of the beauty of the season! Seize the opportunity to explore the change of seasons before it's too late!