Autumn is the best time to visit the USA – here's where to go (2023)

Nowhere does autumn like the US – here’s where to experience the colours and attractions oftheseasonfor the first time since 2019

ByChris Leadbeater

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It is, you might say, a sort of alchemy; a gradual, at first imperceptible process, transforming the trees that line our streets and fill our parks from the base metal of July green into myriad variations of September gold. The end of summer tends to feel like a sombre moment, the nights lengthening, the schools returning – but autumn always offers consolation; a sweep of colour that brings warmth and comfort even as the year decays.

You can find it easily, of course. Autumn is already afoot across a broad swathe of the Northern Hemisphere, and if you glance up from this very page, you may well see it sprinkled – faintly for now, but with a pretty inevitability – over the leaves in your garden.

And yet, for all its near-ubiquity, autumn has become closely associated with the US – where it is recast under the romantic title of “the fall”, and drapes itself, famously, across the six states of New England. It’s a cause for celebration, for festivals, for fun – rounded out by the family feasting of Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November. It may be a global experience, but in itsbrightest incarnation, autumn is an American dream.

Certainly, the most picturesque of the seasons has burrowed deep into the American soul. It is there in the pages of F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Jordan Baker counselling a melancholy Daisy Buchanan that “life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall”. Ernest Hemingway took the opposite stance in his (posthumous) 1964 tome A Moveable Feast, musing that “you expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell”.

Perhaps it was left to John Steinbeck to capture the joy of it. “The trees burst into colour, the reds and yellows you can’t believe,” he wrote, describing his progress through ­Vermont and New Hampshire in his 1962 memoir Travels With Charley. “It isn’t only a colour, but a glowing, as though the leaves gobbled the light of the autumn sun, and then released it slowly. There is a quality of fire in these colours.”

It is this – the shifting display of forest fireworks hailed in Steinbeck’s prose – which siren-calls most loudly to travellers. Dreaming in boughs and branches, New Hampshire and Vermont, and the region around them, display autumn as a form of postcard perfection.

But while New England has mastered its relationship with the season, this north-easterly segment of the country is not the only option if you want to fall for the fall. Far from it. Such is the US’s scale that the autumn will take much of the next three months to cross it – only finally ending its journey in mid-November, in southerly states largely loved for their subtropical temperatures and near-year-round heat.

On the way, it will grant its Midas touch to areas every bit as scenically seductive as New England, but much less apprec­iated for their autumnal efforts – wider parts of the north-east better known for their major cities; the epic waterways of the Great Lakes, arcing, silver and serene, towards the border with Canada.

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And it will be there too, way across the landmass, on a west coast that sometimes seems to exist in some eternal summer, but bows its head to the tumbling of the leaves just as romantically as the villages of Massachusetts or Maine. In other words, if you want to admire the fall, you have a great deal of time and place in which to do so.

This feature lays down 20 options for escapes into what, thanks to the pandemic and its various restrictions, will be the first American autumn available to overseas travellers since 2019– and, perhaps, all the lovelier for the three-year interlude.

New England (key months: September, October)

Massachusetts

Much of New England’s image as the spiritual home of the American autumn is pinned to a single image – a narrow country road, hemmed in by trees of delicately bronzing foliage. The spiritual home of that single image, you might argue, is the Berkshires, an area of low-slung hills and small towns – idylls with evocative names such as Great Barrington and Cheshire – which rises on the west edge of Massachusetts. It is a place thatyou can explore at leisure, on ameandering road trip. Or you could be more active…

How to do it: Macs Adventure (0141 530 5452; macsadventure.com) has a seven-day Hiking the Berkshires trip that traces an upper part of the Appalachian Trail all the way to the top of Mount Greylock, Massachusetts’s highest peak. From £1,525pp, flights extra.

Vermont

The Berkshires are a southerly extension of the Green Mountains – the range that hits a higher elevation over the state line in Vermont. Snow-capped and special in winter, when resorts such as Killington and Stowe play host to skiers, these bluffs are just as seductive in the fall – somehow, in their cragginess, the antithesis of the concept of New England as a giant maze of leafy lanes, yet as agleam withautumnal gold as any part of theregion.

How to do it: Insight Vacations (0808 256 4291; insightvacations.com) has a NewEngland’s Fall Foliage eight-day tour of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont that lingers in the latter in Stowe, and in Montpelier, the prettiest of the region’s state capitals. There’s still availability this autumn. From £2,944pp, flights extra.

New Hampshire

If Vermont reaches for the clouds in the Green Mountains, its neighbour rises to a rooftop in the aptly christened White Mountains. Again (as their name rather suggests), skiing is the main pursuit in the coldest months, but autumn casts an inevit­able spell across the range and bewitching Mount Washington, New England’s tallest peak (6,288ft). That you can “climb” it easily, via its ­rack-and-pinion railway, only amplifies its magnificence.

How to do it: Great Rail Journeys (01904 521 936; greatrail.com) incorporates the Mount Washington Cog into its New England in the Fall 10-day escorted holiday, which also ticks off the Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway (plus Boston and Cape Cod). October departures still available. From £3,390pp, with flights.

Maine

The largest of New England’s states is also its most northerly, thrusting ashoulder up into Canada with a ­latitude unmatched anywhere east of the Great Lakes. It does so with an air of ­wilderness and a doughtiness of soil – the dense treeline of Baxter State Park; the potato fields of Aroostook County – but drops its guardedness to flirt with autumn along 228 miles of Atlantic coastline. Acadia National Park is one ofthe loveliest settings for this annual romance – its stark headlands are alive with maple, birch, beech, oak and ashtrees.

How to do it: Trafalgar’s (0808 301 1929; trafalgar.com) Autumn Colours holiday spends one of its nine days in Acadia National Park; another in the Maine seaside town of Bar Harbor. Four upcoming trips (three this month, two inOctober) still have availability. From£2,855pp, flights extra.

Rhode Island

By far the smallest piece of the NewEngland pie (and indeed, the smallest state in the whole US), Rhode Island is just as flecked by autumn’s paint-brush once the temperature starts to lose its edge – in the trees around Watchaug Pond in Burlingame State Park; in ­Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge, where salt flats graze the ocean. The fall andarchitectural elegance combine, meanwhile, in Newport, where palatial late 19th-century homes appraise the shallows of Narragansett Bay – some of them converted into ­first-rate hotels.

How to do it: Inspiring Travel Co (01244 729 734; inspiringtravel.co.uk) offers getaways to the Chanler at Cliff Walk (thechanler.com) – an 1873 mansion that overlooks Newport’s fabled seafront trail. A five-night stay in October starts at £3,089pp, with flights.

Connecticut

While there is much to be said for a wide-ranging New England itinerary that covers as much ground as possible, there is an undoubted joy to the idea of putting down temporary roots at one of the region’s many luxury hotels, and admiring the changing of the seasons through the restaurant window. The Mayflower Inn (aubergeresorts.com) is one such possibility – a country-house spa retreat, at Washington in the west of Connecticut, where the fall makes its presence felt in 58 acres of landscaped gardens. Read the full hotel review here.

How to do it: Abercrombie & Kent (0330 1735 619; abercrombiekent.co.uk) serves upa best of both worlds with its New England in the Fall – a far-reaching 11-night private itinerary that spends itsfinal three days at the Mayflower. From £4,125pp, with flights.

The wider north east (key months: September, October)

New York

New England’s neighbour also drifts happily into autumn’s slipstream, particularly in the 95 per cent of it that isn’t devoted to skyscrapers and Central Park. New York State is a geographical behemoth, stretching 350 miles north to the Canadian border. Much of it is decidedly rural, utterly beautiful, and defined by the Hudson Valley, which winds down through it like fine thread. The fall clings to its banks come September, not least in Albany which, contrary to wider belief, is the state capital.

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How to do it: American Cruise Lines (001 800 460 4518; americancruiselines.com) runs regular Hudson River cruises, starting and ending in New York, which gaze at the Catskill Mountains on one side, the Berkshires on the other, over the course of eight days. Twelve sailings are still in the diary for this autumn. From £4,560pp, flights extra.

New Jersey

A state best known for casino jangle and boardwalk fun and games is rarely seen as an autumnal hotspot. But New Jersey can be a destination for the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness – especially if you are more interested in feathers than foliage. Cape May (its southern tip, where Delaware Bay hits the Atlantic) is a popular seaside resort in summer, and a surprising bird-watching hotspot in the fall, as migratory species stop by.

How to do it: Naturetrek (01962 733 051; naturetrek.co.uk) has a Cape May in Autumn group tour that spends 10 days spying on hawks, harriers and herons, from £3,295pp, with flights. But the next availability is September 2023.

Pennsylvania

New England’s cornering of the fall travel market – at least in terms of public perception – overshadows the fact that nearby portions of the US do autumn just as well. Pennsylvania eschews the occasionally industrial image conjured by the clank of its steel industry to serve up some of the most defiantly rustic elements of the American landscape.

Not least Pennsylvania Dutch Country, in its south-east corner, where, in some cases – around York and Hershey – religious and agricultural practices are little changed since the 18th century, and the season of golden leaves suffers scant modern interruption.

How to do it: American Sky’s (01342 395 520; americansky.co.uk) nine-day Self-Drive Eastern Values trip checks in with Amish Pennsylvania and crosses Allegheny National Forest on its way from Niagara Falls. From £1,379pp, with flights.

Maryland

Squished between Washington DC and the 200-mile arm of Chesapeake Bay, little Maryland does not always enjoy the tourism profile of some of its state counterparts, yet fits nicely into the version of autumn that involves a sophisticated hotel, a seat on the veranda and a tree-lined panorama. The Inn at Perry Cabin (innatperrycabin.com), which sits on the edge of the north-east’s foremost tidal inlet, is just such a place.

How to do it: Scott Dunn (020 8682 5080; scottdunn.com) has a five-night getaway to the Inn at Perry Cabin. From £3,600pp, with flights and car hire.

The south east (key months: October, November)

Georgia & Florida

Such is America’s size (more than 2,000 miles of highway separate Madawaska at the top of Maine from Key West at the tip of Florida) that autumn can still be illuminating the far south well into November. And while Florida gets evermore tropical and evergreen the further down it you travel, it does have swathes of treeline that submits to the seasons.

These include the Apalachicola National Forest, which adorns the Panhandle near the capital Tallahassee. Visit it near the year’s end, and you can also curve through Georgia, where flamboyant foliage gives Savannah and its antebellum mansions an extra glowof beauty.

How to do it: Trailfinders (020 7084 6500; trailfinders.com) has a 14-day Southern Sojourn between New Orleans and Charleston, which moves through the relevant parts of Florida and Georgia (plus Alabama). From £1,629 pp, with car, but flights extra.

Tennessee & Virginia

For all its vaunted musical heritage, Tennessee is at its greatest where ­forests swarm over hillsides, and the fall dances red, orange and brown in the calendar’s twilight months. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a case in point, dominating the south-east flank of the state as the most popular national park in the US (14.1 million ­visitors in 2021).

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It fills countless Instagram feeds where the Blue Ridge Parkway hugs the spine of the range in question – although, at 469 miles, this “All-American Road” does not keep to Tennessee. It also visits Shenandoah National Park, over the border in ­Virginia – and just as glorious.

How to do it: The American Road Trip Company’s (01244 342 099; theamer­icanroadtripcompany.co.uk) Blue Ridge Cruiser calls on both national parks aspart of a 14-day journey between Washington DC and Atlanta. From £1,599pp, with flights.

The Carolinas

The close-knit twins of the east coast are best known for their seafront splendours – the Outer Banks of Northern Carolina, where the Wright Brothers learned to fly on the ocean’s edge; and Charleston, South Carolina’s stately slice of history, founded in 1670.

But they are their most dramatic where they push up, west, into the branches – the tranche of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that crosses the Tennessee state line in the former; around Greenville in the latter, where the Blue Ridge Mountains loiter on the doorstep, and the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests convert to autumn come November.

How to do it: Audley Travel (01993 461 769; audleytravel.com) has a 13-day Luxury Georgia and the Carolinas road trip, which ventures to leaf-fluttering highplaces in all three states – with ­sumptuous accommodation in each. From £6,340pp, with flights.

Kentucky

Unlike some of its north-eastern ­counterparts, Kentucky’s rural ­credentials do not need much explan­ation. This, after all, is the “Bluegrass State” – a lushly-carpeted region of deep-pile ­pastures, obsessed with horse-racing, where foals gamble acrossfields framed by beech trees andbur oaks. Autumn here is not so much an epic change ofemphasis as an extension of a mood. And, of course, Kentucky’s other great export, bourbon, ensures that most road trips involve a different – but no less intox­icating – style of amber-brown.

How to do it: Complete North America’s (0115 961 0590; completenorthamerica.com) 14-night Explore Tennessee and Kentucky break takes in the best of the former state, and halts at Lexington, the horse-breeding capital of the latter. From £2,495pp, with flights.

The midwest (key months: September, October)

Michigan

As with Pennsylvania’s cities, Detroit’s (unfair) status as a symbol of urban decline is no measure of the state around it. Michigan shifts gear quickly as it moves north of Motown, giving itself to countryside and quiet where its Lower Peninsula spreads out as thegloved hand that divides Lakes Mich­igan and Huron. Treescapes abound, but few cameras can resist Manistee National Forest as it casts autumnal shapes onto Lake Michigan’s surface.

How to do it: America As You Like It (0208 742 8299; americaasyoulikeit.com) has a 13-night Pure Michigan tour that charts the Lower Peninsula. From £2,418pp, with flights.

Wisconsin & Illinois

If you have the time and energy, youcan drive all the way around LakeMichigan. But, realistically, you need a fortnight to trace, in its entirety, a shoreline that amounts to 1,640 miles, passes through four states (Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin, as well as Michigan), and plays host to America’s third ­biggest city (Chicago). However, its finest moments occur outside the metropolis.

Wisconsin offers a sliver of pastoral flawlessness in the Door Peninsula, which pushes out into the tide in a haze of orchards and dunes (notably at Whitefish Bay).Autumn – inevitably – shows it atits best.

How to do it: Original Travel (020 3958 6120; originaltravel.co.uk) has a 15-day Secrets of the Midwest road trip, which includes a loop of the lake. From £5,300pp, with flights.

The wider north east (key months: September, October, November)

Idaho, Wyoming & Montana

As with Washington, the top edge of Idaho runs along the 49th parallel and the Canadian border – guaranteeing a prompt start to autumn in a place few ever consider as a tourist destination. Ifthere is a best time to tour a state with fewer than two million residents, it maybe now, as the fall flickers across the arboreal crowd scenes of the ­Kootenai, Flathead and Lolo National Forests.

A further advantage of a drive through Idaho in September or October is that you can flit onward into ­Wyoming, where Yellowstone National Park has not yet donned its winter shroud – and is just as influenced by autumn’s knock at its door.

How to do it: Bon Voyage’s (0800 316 3012; bon-voyage.co.uk) America’s Northern Rockies Adventure offers a grand loop around the north-west – calling on Montana and Utah, as well as Wyoming and northern Idaho. From £2,695pp, with flights.

Washington

New England draws the tourist eye east with such magnetism that you might almost forget autumn is a factor in the American West as well. Yet the merest glance at the map should make this a surprise to no-one. Seattle, the biggest city in Washington State, lies further north than the upper tip of fall-enraptured Maine – meaning that, even as you read this, its foliage is already turning red and pink.

This extravaganza is ­evident in the sprawling rainforest of Olympic National Park, which envelops the peninsula of the same name, due west of the metropolis. In truth, the area is a joy at any time of year, the Pacific hammering the shore at Second Beach – but September and October provide anextra fire.

How to do it: Black Tomato’s (0808 280 8254; blacktomato.com) nine-day Natural Beauty & City Slicking tour covers Washington in detail. From £3,245pp, with flights.

California

The gathering of the grapes is perhaps the most shining sign that autumn has arrived in the Golden State. September and October are ideal months to tour California’s key wine hotspots, the Napa and Sonoma Valleys – the summer heat has abated and the vineyards are abuzz with activity.

How to do it: Smooth Red (020 8877 4940; smoothred.com) has a five-day food-and-tasting-heavy California’s Sonoma and Napa Valley package. From £4,490pp, with flights.

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Oregon

Washington’s misty, forested character is replicated, with just a little less ­latitude, by its neighbour to the south. Oregon supplies a moody geographical majesty in the rivers that course across its landmass – the Hood, the Willamette and the Columbia.

The groove is ­especially deep in the case of the latter and the Columbia River Gorge, which cuts west for 80 miles, its banks festooned with aspen and cottonwood trees that burn with autumn’s flame in September and October. As with Washington, these two months also mean harvest season for the local wine industry – and the merriness this prompts.

How to do it:Discover North America (0800 246 1241; discovernorthamerica.co.uk) has a 13-day Pacific Northwest Wine Trail road trip, which forges north from San Francisco, and visits wineries in the Willamette Valley. From £1,115pp, with car, but flights extra

Covid rules

All travellers must purchase a visa waiver (ESTA) before arrival, and show proof of being fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated travellers are not permitted to enter.

How to celebrate fall like the locals

The American autumn isn’t just a big deal for tourists. It tends to be fiesta time for the locals as well – not least in aNew England, which often feels like the heartof the party.

For example, Massachusetts will soon play happy host to the Big E (September 16-October 2; thebige.com) – a full fortnight of evening parades and marching bands, garnished with live music, food stalls and afarmers’ market, staged at Springfield, in the south-west of the state.

There’s also the Topsfield Fair (September 30-October 10; topsfieldfair.org), with its mix of giant pumpkins, cooking demonstrations and fairground rides, atTopsfield, 25 miles north-east of Boston.

There’s another fair over the “border” in Vermont, where the Fall Art In The Park Festival will bring music, beer, arts and crafts to Main Street Parkin central Rutland(October 8-9; chaffeeartcenter.org).

There will be numerous similar events across New England over the next two months (see discovernewengland.org) – and plenty more elsewhere in the country.

Michigan will witness aFall Fest at Holland (October 7-8; holland.org/fall-fest) – a carnival of pumpkin-carving andpainting, street performers and market stalls, just in from the shore of Lake Michigan. And California will have its fun too, especially amid the vineyards.

TheSonoma Harvest Music Festival (October 8-9; sonomaharvestmusicfestival.com) will proffer live music and food in the 70 pristine acres of the BR Cohn Winery, in Glen Ellen.

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FAQs

Why autumn is the best season to travel? ›

Autumn travel means fewer crowds than summer, better weather than winter, and big savings on vacation costs—if you're willing to do your homework.

What is best time to visit USA? ›

The best time to visit the USA is either during spring (late March to late May) or autumn (late September to late October). These are the shoulder seasons before and after summer, so promise mild temperatures and fewer visitors in the most popular destinations.

Is autumn a good time for travel? ›

It's one of the cheapest times of year to travel, with lower prices on airfares, hotels, train tickets, activities and even food and drink specials. Since your cash goes much further in fall, you'll be able to travel for longer, fit in extra excursions, and maybe even upgrade your flight.

What is beautiful about autumn? ›

From pumpkin-spiced-everything to hayrides and haunted houses, there is so much to love about the fall. Autumn represents change—the changing of the leaves, the start of a new school year, and maybe even the beginning of a few new resolutions.

What are the best things about autumn? ›

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Why should you visit USA? ›

The USA is known for its iconic landmarks – The Statue of Liberty, Hollywood Sign, Golden Gate Bridge – but it's also a place of incredible hospitality, wide open spaces and amazing natural beauty. That's 50 states that serve up unique holiday experiences and provide endless options for every type of traveller.

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The current season in the United States right now is Fall.

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What is nature like in autumn? ›

The temperature becomes colder, days shorter. Animals starting preparation for cold months and plants stop making food, everything in the nature slowly starting to fall asleep.

Which state has the most beautiful autumn? ›

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What makes autumn so special? ›

The time of year that Keats called the 'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness', autumn is a season famous for its harvest times, turning leaves, cooling temperatures and darkening nights.

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Love Autumn? We take at look at 10 unusual facts about this cosy season
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It might be because autumn is considered a temporal landmark, a psychological concept that refers to events (like birthdays and seasonal changes) that change how we see time. It makes us feel more motivated to take on new challenges and enjoy the bounty of the season.

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Interesting & Fun Autumn Facts
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Leaves changing color. Cool days and cozy nights reading inside – even better if it's by the fire! The return of favorite sports like football and hockey. Celebrating Halloween and Thanksgiving.

What autumn means to me? ›

Autumn represents the preservation of life and its necessities. During this time, animals prepare for the winter by storing food and creating cozy hibernation spaces. Farmers work on their fall harvest by collecting a reserve of crops.

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The United States is by far the most famous country in the world. It's famous for its attractions, such as the Grand Canyon, tech innovation, sports, and it has a large imprint on the global culture thanks to famous movies, television shows, and music.

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The United States is in many ways a nation like no other. Over the course of its history, the USA has accrued all manner of notable distinctions. From its status as the world's military superpower and one of the most affluent nations on the planet to being home to one of the most diverse populations and the No.

Are Americans friendly? ›

That being said, Americans are, on the whole, very friendly people and happy to help when asked. (Southerners have a well-earned reputation as the most hospitable people in the country, and will often go out of their way to make a foreigner feel more at home.)

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The process is simple but the whole procedure may take some time. You can apply for a US tourist visa following simple steps. Download and fill the Visa Electronic Application Form (DS-160). Pay the required visa application fee.

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Most prominently, the portion of the United States west of the continental divide (the West) typically reaches its climatological coldest day in December, whereas most of the East reaches its seasonal minimum in January.

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As part of the Appalachian Mountain chain, the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina undoubtedly make it the best place to live to experience all four seasons.
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What do we experience in autumn? ›

Sandwiched between blazing summer and chilly winter, autumn is the "cooling off" season. Nighttime arrives earlier, temperatures begin to drop and most vegetative growth decreases. Animals begin to prepare for the dearth of food that generally comes during the winter, gathering supplies or traveling to warmer climates.

What do you see during autumn? ›

A dazzling display of gold or crimson leaves is one of the defining features of autumn. If you look up into the tree canopy you may already see the first leaves beginning to turn. This annual event is triggered by autumn's cooler temperatures and shorter days.

What happens to humans in autumn? ›

The arrival of autumn brings with it shorter days, lowering temperatures and the rain. The factor that perhaps most affects the state of our body is the progressive reduction of the hours of light, a change that impacts our mood, making us more subject to mild states of anxiety and melancholy.

Why is autumn so peaceful? ›

The dwindling day light challenges us to slow our schedule a bit. And the leaf-bare trees remind us it's normal to shed our excess and give ourselves a rest. Applying these signals to our behavioral decisions, autumn summons us to Be Peace.

Which season is most beautiful? ›

Autumn – The most beautiful season.

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"Wild is the music of autumnal winds/Amongst the faded woods." “I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” “Autumn dresses up in gold; the richest season of the soul.” “Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”

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What type of season is autumn? ›

autumn, season of the year between summer and winter during which temperatures gradually decrease. It is often called fall in the United States because leaves fall from the trees at that time.

Which country has beautiful autumn? ›

Italy. Southern Italy is another great destination for your autumn holidays. In fact, Southern Italy is among the best places to visit in the fall. Just like in Portugal and Spain, October is the shoulder season in the south of the country – in Sardinia and Sicily.

What state has the longest autumn? ›

#1 Vermont

Vermont's fall foliage season is the longest in the United States, starting in early September and ending around late October.

Where is America's longest fall? ›

Connecticut boasts the longest-lasting fall foliage season.

Connecticut may be the third-smallest state in the US by square miles, but it's the state with the longest-lasting fall foliage season, making for captivating views at just about every corner.

What place in the world has the longest autumn? ›

Fall foliage in Pennsylvania is often a unique experience, bringing vibrant hues of brown, red and gold throughout the region. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Resources, the Keystone State has the longest fall foliage season in the world.

What is the most popular season to travel? ›

Summer is a popular time for vacations. But how much do we really know about people's vacation habits? Some travelers just choose to spend a few days within their home state and others go abroad.

Why do people like the autumn season? ›

Fall is a temporal landmark, a moment that influences how we see and use time, and tends to boost people's motivation. Many people see fall as a time for a fresh start, perhaps due to long-held associations with going back to school in September.

Which is the best month to travel? ›

The best time to visit India is in the winter, from December until early March. The whole country tends to get very hot from April onwards and most regions experience the summer monsoon in at least June, July, August and September.

Why is autumn so popular? ›

"We all crave the comfort and security that comes with traditions and predictability," Griffiths says. "They may relate to joyful experiences with friends and family and provide something to look forward to," she adds — things like fall holidays, back-to-school season, or seasonal treats.

What is the most beautiful season of the year? ›

Spring announces the end of winter and it is considered the most beautiful season because of the bloom it occurs in nature, we could say a rebirth of nature.

What age is best to travel? ›

  • 18 to 22 years old. This is such a great age to travel. ...
  • 23 to 30 years old. Now this is when you truly need to make a decision on what you want out of life. ...
  • 31 to 60 years old. Now it is time to stick with the decision you made during the last five years of your life and see it through to the end.
14 Apr 2016

What are 10 facts about autumn? ›

Love Autumn? We take at look at 10 unusual facts about this cosy season
  • The Autumn equinox is different each year.
  • Autumn was once called Harvest.
  • The term “fall” isn't exclusive to America.
  • Autumn babies live longer.
  • Global warming may affect Autumn selfies.
  • The Greeks have a tragic explanation for Autumn.
10 Jul 2020

How does autumn make you feel? ›

Come fall, we may feel a heady mix of nostalgic yearning, renewed optimism, and abstract melancholy. We may be sentimental, remembering long-gone school days or how excited we used to be as children, knowing Halloween and Thanksgiving were round the corner.

Which city has best weather in world? ›

The Canary Islands climate is considered the best climate in the world, thanks to the year-round pleasant, mild temperatures. This is added to the facts that it rarely rains in the archipelago and that it is the region with the most hours of sunlight per day in Europe.

What month do people less travel? ›

The number of tourists drops dramatically at these times so there are fewer crowds. See California from November to February to receive off season savings. Florida's off season ranges between the months of June and early September.

What day of the week is best to travel? ›

Average domestic airfare price by day
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the cheapest days to fly domestically.
  • Saturday and Monday flights can help you avoid the Sunday rush.
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays are the cheapest day to fly internationally.
  • Book one to three months in advance.
  • Set a price alert.
3 Jun 2022

What autumn means to me? ›

Autumn represents the preservation of life and its necessities. During this time, animals prepare for the winter by storing food and creating cozy hibernation spaces. Farmers work on their fall harvest by collecting a reserve of crops.

Why is autumn so peaceful? ›

The dwindling day light challenges us to slow our schedule a bit. And the leaf-bare trees remind us it's normal to shed our excess and give ourselves a rest. Applying these signals to our behavioral decisions, autumn summons us to Be Peace.

How would you describe autumn? ›

Autumn is the season after summer, when leaves fall from trees. It's also the season when the days get shorter and colder, and everything turns brown and drab, but people like it anyway, for the cocoa and cider, probably.

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