Where To Travel This Fall
Whether you are planning a destination wedding or just looking to travel this Fall, LLG narrowed down some of the top locations to visit. Feeling adventurous or in need of some relaxation? These global destinations will fulfill your wanderlust daydreams and may spark some romance this Autumn.
Yellowstone National Park
Come October, the tourist count in this beautiful wilderness drops by hundreds of thousands (from about 948K in July to 224K in October), opening up the park for less crowded views and a more peaceful environment. For example, the hot springs and pools will be much more accessible for your relaxation. The foliage also starts to turn gold and orange during this month, with wildlife such as elk and bison emerging and starting to roam - you'll even hear the elk call their mates during the breeding season. A new luxury resort, open just over a year, is Sage Lodge in Pray, Montana. Just 30 minutes outside Yellowstone, this resort offers its own views of Paradise Valley and Emigrant Peak, with guest rooms for couples and families, or standalone Ranch Houses for large groups; as well as fall outdoor adventures like fly fishing, llama trekking, Plein air painting, helicopter and hot air balloon rides, etc.
This hidden medieval town with narrow streets lined with art shops and local eateries lies in the region of Tuscany, overlooking the changing colors of Serchio Valley's mountains. Travelers can stay in Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa, one of the most unexplored areas of Italy - especially as the crowds have receded by October. If you go towards the end of the month (starting October 30), you can enjoy the largest comic festival in Europe just minutes away from the resort. Additionally October signifies 'flavors of fall' in Italy, as their delicacies are ready to incorporate in culinary dishes. Porcini mushrooms, truffles, chestnuts, and more are in abundance for your tasting. The harvest of olives and first pressing that generates extra virgin olive oil also occurs in October, alongside grape harvesting that makes 'novello wines' or 'the season's newly made wine.'
The weather cools off and is quite perfect this time of year in Austin, just in time for all of the festivals! If you're a racing fan that can't afford to attend the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix on November 1, you can beat the crowds and check out the U.S. Vintage National Championships with iconic race cars on the Circuit of The Americas from October 2-6. The famous outdoor music festival, Austin City Limits, takes place October 4-6 and 11-3, followed by the Austin Food Truck Taste-Off on October 19. Later in the month, the Austin Film Festival (one of the top in the country) takes over from October 23-31 and the Texas Book Festival hosting over 250 authors runs October 26-27. We recommend checking out Hotel ZaZa Austin (now taking reservations), which will have just opened the month prior in September, or Austin Proper Hotel, the brand's first location outside of California, also opening this fall.
Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar
The Mergui Archipelago is made up of hundreds of islands with coral reefs and beaches, and is home to the seafaring indigenous Moken people. Travelers can explore this remote island by staying at Awei Pila, the sole resort that reopens for its first full season on October 1, complete with a new spa and the Mergui Archipelago's only scuba diving center, which is PADI-certified. The beaches are still untouched and unexplored, as the islands are new to the tourism sector, having only opened to foreigners in the late 1990s. Awei Pila's aesthetic mimics that of the Moken people who leave for monsoon season and return to different locations when they come home. Nearly invisible from an aerial view, the resort consists of lightweight fabrics and tented structures with colors resembling local flora and fauna. On another island located in the archipelago's Lampi Marine National Park, Wa Ale Island Resort will also open this October with 11 luxury tented beach villas and 3 treetop villas to keep the island a private, intimate experience.
October is the first full month when it becomes possible to view the Northern Lights and Aurora Borealis in Jasper National Park, the world's largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve. To celebrate, the Jasper Dark Sky Festival is held from October 18-27. The kickoff weekend also hosts a Symphony Under The Stars experience. Other outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the annual Grizzly Canmore Ultra Marathon and Relay on October 13, one of Canada's largest ultra races where trail runners will tackle 50 kilometers/31 miles...and for those who prefer a different kind of activity, they can visit the following weekend October 18-19 for the Calgary Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival. We recommend staying at the new Glacier View Lodge, Canada's only glacier-view property which will be opening for its first fall season. Only guests can experience private access to the Columbia Icefield Skywalk, a cliff-edge walkway leading to a glass-floored observation platform extending 918 feet over the valley.