Fall vacation ideas are endless, and when searching for the best fall vacations, keep in mind that fall is the shoulder season for many popular vacation spots all over the world—this means it’s also a great time to find cheap vacations. During shoulder season, crowds are thinner and prices are lower than in the busy summer season, but the weather is still mostly pleasant. This makes fall a very smart time to travel.
Europe is one of the best places to go in the fall. The most popular fall European vacation spot is Munich, where the world congregates to celebrate Oktoberfest in September and October. The old world charm of Munich is accentuated by the revelry of thousands of international travelers. Paris is also considered to be one the top fall vacation spots in Europe. Enjoy one of the city's many fall festivals commemorating art, literature, theatre and film from all over the world, such as Festival d'Automne or Nuit Blanche. Fall is celebrated in Rome in October, where wine, olives and truffles are celebrated during the Ottobrate Romane festival, or Rome's beautiful October Days.
The United States also offers some of the best places to go in the fall. Autumn means harvest season for Napa Valley and Sonoma in California. Take part in a harvest or a grape stomping, learn about the many Californian wines, or indulge in one of the many delicious dinners and wine tasting offered in the region. Hawaii also celebrates the fall with Festivals of Aloha. Over the course of six weeks in September and October, six of these still warm and inviting islands hosts their own series of events honoring Hawaiian history and traditions. The phrase Autumn in New York is also popular for good reasons. New York City is one of the best fall vacation ideas. Travelers flock to see the colorful trees in Central Park, watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, run in the New York Marathon, and taste the delicacies at the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy.
One of the smartest fall vacation ideas is to take advantage of cooler temperatures in places that are otherwise very warm. Sweltering temperatures have dropped in cities such as Shanghai, Cairo, and Marrakech, but the markets and sites are still bustling and thriving. Many families also consider the fall to be the best time to visit the Disney parks in Florida, for the same reason.
If fall foliage interests you, the New England region of the United States is one of the top fall vacation spots. October is the best time to see the explosion of colored leaves that draws visitors from all over the world. Japan also boasts a stunning array of fall colors between September and December, or kouyou as the Japanese call it. One of the best places in Japan is Hokone, with more than 200 Japanese maple trees.
If you prefer beach vacations but want to avoid the hurricane season in the Caribbean, Puerto Vallarta is one of the best places to go in the fall. The end of summer rains brings temperate weather and favorable wind patterns, and natural barriers protect the city from hurricanes. Beach bums should also consider locations in the Southern Hemisphere. As fall temperatures drop in the Northern Hemisphere, cities like Sydney, Australia, are enjoying the warmer temperatures of spring.
For the adventurous fall traveler, Kenya is considered to be one of the top fall vacation spots for one reason: migration. Between August and November, more than two million wildebeest and zebra migrate from the Serengeti in search of food and water. Companies like the Masai Mara Safari assist travelers in this once in a lifetime experience.