Who here is bummed that summer, everyone’s favorite season of the year, is about to end soon? Pretty much all of us. Were you able to cross everything off your summer bucket list this year? Did you get to make the enough memories to last you for the next nine months? If yes, well done, my friend. If not, no need to worry; it’s not the end of the world. It’s just one beautiful season ending—and onto the next one we go. As American novelist Jonathan Safran Foer puts it, “August has passed, and yet summer continues by force to grow days. They sprout secretly between the chapters of the year, covertly included between its pages.”
And now that we’re about to enter the fall season, we thought it’s timely that we talk about where we should be spending it. They say there’s a perfect season to visit a certain city, and I think traveling during autumn makes every trip extra dreamy, don’t you agree? The leaves changing color, the cool weather, all the festivals and holidays… who wouldn’t want to travel during this time of the year? So here’s our curated list of cities you should consider visiting this fall (or next year):
1. New York, USA
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Caveman city highlights: beautiful autumn colors everywhere, especially in Central Park, street fairs (NYC’s largest street festival is Atlantic Antic, happening in Downtown Brooklyn this year) and Halloween festivals. Check out our 48 Hours in New York city guide here.
2. Chicago, USA
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Caveman city highlights: lots of concerts and festivals such as the World Music Festival, Great Chicago Fire Festival and more, art and theater shows, new restaurants to try, so much more cultural offerings. Oh, and lots of pumpkin.
3. Bruges, Belgium
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Caveman city highlights: romantic sceneries—historic buildings and canals with rich autumn hues, open-air markets, their famous handmade chocolate (never miss trying a cup of hot cocoa at De Proeverie) and countless museums across the old town.
4. Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Caveman city highlights: affordable prices, breathtaking beaches, mountain hiking (Mt. Srdj), picturesque streets (don’t forget to visit Stradun in Dubrovnik) and warm weather. Prepare yourself for a lot of climbing—climbing hills, steps and narrow streets.
5. Oslo, Norway
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Caveman city highlights: music festivals such as Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival in September and Oslo World Music Festival in November, seasonal dishes such as crabs (have a krabbefest or crab party with your friends) and Fårikål (mutton in cabbage; the country’s national dish) and cold weather.
6. Seoul, South Korea
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Caveman city highlights: beautiful autumn trees, crisp air and fall fashion (trench coats and boots)—Korean drama feels and romantic vibes everywhere. Check out Namsan Seoul Tower for a 360-degree panoramic view of the city in all its autumnal glory and Ewha University for affordable street food, restaurants, cafés and shopping. Take a quick trip (out of Seoul) to Nami Island, a popular destination in South Korea especially during autumn.
7. Taipei, Taiwan
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Caveman city highlights: hiking (Manapan Mountain Trail and Shihlu Historic Trail), sight-seeing—visit Dahu Park to enjoy the stunning views of Egret Lake and Mt. Bailush, chilly weather around November and check out famous cultural spots such as museums (National Taiwan Museum), temples (Mengjia Longshan Temple) and of course, Taipei 101. Read our Taipei city guide here if you haven’t yet.
8. Nara, Japan
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Caveman city highlights: rich autumn colors, deers sighting and feeding, giant Buddha statues and lovely gardens. Top fall foliage spots in Nara include Nara-koen Park, Todai-ji Temple, Kasuga-taisha Shrine and Yoshiki-en Garden. Peak is mid-November.
Now which of these cities got you all pumped up for that dreamy autumn adventure? Discuss in the comments below!