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14 Fall Vacation Destinations You’ll Never Forget

Paris, fallAutumn is one of the best times of year to take a vacation. The kids are back in school, the temperatures are very comfortable (and sometimes still very warm), and the tourists are also largely gone from many of the most popular vacation destinations across the globe. If you’re thinking about planning a fall vacation, here are twelve fall vacation destination ideas that you can read more about right on this blog:

The Philippines

Active volcanoes, spectacular marine life, and some of the best tropical views and beaches on the planet make the Philippines a growing vacation destination. Underwater wrecks and diverse sea life, as well as one of the biggest coral reefs on the planet make this South Pacific vacation destination perfect for this fall.

Paris

When the summertime temperatures give a slight reprieve in Paris, it also coincides with grape harvest time in the French countryside. In the city, fall is one of the most active times of year for festivals. The brilliant fall foliage only adds to the beauty of this city.

The Netherlands

For such a small country, The Netherlands has an immense tourism industry. Between Belgium and Germany, The Netherlands experiences some of its most comfortable temperatures in the fall season. Visit some of the popular destinations in the city like the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, or the Floating Flower Garden. A trip to the country also wouldn’t be complete without a trip to historic (and sometimes notorious) Amsterdam.

Zion National Park

A lot of people don’t know this, but the best time of year to see the southwest USA is in the autumn. Like the rest of the country, there is some foliage, along with much cooler, drier temperatures. Days are still warm, but not as hot and unbearable as in the summer months. Nights are cool and comfortable, but sometimes can get into the near freezing range. Zion National Park explodes with color in the autumn, as the birches lining the Virgin River invite you into the difficult water hike, The Narrows. It’s not for the novice hiker, and you’ll need some special equipment, but it’s entirely worth the bother. This is one fall vacation  you’d never forget.

Disney World Fall Vacation

The kids are back in school, so this is the time to really get to the park if you want shorter lines and comfortable temperatures! Sure, they just got back in school, but this time of year is great for a vacation (maybe you want to pull them out for a long weekend?). The only downside is that it’s hurricane season, too, so along with the comfortable weather once in a while comes a tropical storm or hurricane. Luckily, Orlando is far inland, so you won’t have to deal with coastal flooding.

Napa Valley

Napa is best seen in the fall months. The area experiences great fall foliage, as well as the annual wine harvest. Along with the harvest, many wineries have parties to kick off the season. Grape leaves turn to orange-red hues, contrasted by vibrant purples.

Southern California

The Southern California region is known for its year-round warm weather, palm trees, and laid back attitude. So why is autumn the best time of year to visit Southern California? The temperatures see their peak in late summer in California, but the air still stays very warm into October. While the area may not see fall foliage, it also doesn’t see nearly as many tourists. That means less lines, less traffic, and lower prices on hotels. Check out cities like Palm Springs, Irvine, Santa Monica, and San Diego for warm weather and views all to yourself.

Germany

Just as the wine flows in the autumn in Paris and Napa, the beer starts to flow from taps everywhere in the fall during Oktoberfest. This celebration is an age old tradition where you can sample some of the best beer Germany has to offer, as well as the culture of the German people. Head to the city of Trier to see the historic sites, to the capital of Berlin to check out the fall foliage, or base your entire trip along the best festivals.

New Zealand

While the Northern Hemisphere experiences its end phase of warm weather and sun during the fall, the Southern Hemisphere countries like New Zealand and Australia are experiencing rebirth in the form of spring. This is the perfect time of year to see beautiful floral blooms and fresh snowcapped mountains in cities like Auckland, or in the beautiful National Parks of New Zealand.

New England

When you think of fall foliage, one place probably comes to mind for U.S residents: the northeast, specifically New England. If you think it’s all a bunch of hype and the colors aren’t as spectacular as people say, you’re wrong. Vermont, New Hampshire, and also Western Massachustts, Upstate New York, and Maine experience tremendous fall color. The rest of the New England states, too, experience beautiful foliage just a few weeks later than the northern states.

Cape Cod

Sure, Cape Cod does reside within New England, but unless you’ve been to the Cape during the summer, you have no idea what it’s like to fight Cape Cod bridge traffic on the busy Sagamore and Bourne Bridges, as well as on the congested highways of Route 28 and Route 6. There are nothing but positives for planning a fall vacation to Cape Cod. No annoying tourists, no fighting over a spot at the beach, and you might not even have to pay to go to the beach. Also, no waits at the best restaurants, and there’s still warm ocean temperatures, especially on Nantucket Sound throughout September and into early October sometimes. One other huge plus is the rates are nearly cut in half (sometimes more) after Labor Day and even more after Columbus Day. The Cape doesn’t experience fall foliage as colorfully as destinations in northern New England, but the color is still there and still impressive to see.

India

Post monsoon season in October-November is a great time to head to India. Drier air means less bugs, and a more comfortable trip for you. Check out the post on taking an India Sabbatical on this blog (link in the header for this section) for travel tips, recommendations, and places to see during any time of year.

Quebec

The fall foliage doesn’t stop at the Canadian border, it keeps on moving north through New England and into the province of Quebec. In the heart of the province, you can find historic Quebec City, which is one of the most European inspired cities west of Europe itself. Fall temperatures are comfortable in the city, and the autumn foliage provides a stunning backdrop to the buildings along the St. Lawrence River.

Yosemite National Park

What is already an impressive National Park in Northern California becomes even more splendid in the fall. With a drop in temperature comes a change in leaf color, as well as a change in the shades of grass, the hue of the sunsets, and the amount of tourists in the park (that’s a theme of this post, and a definite benefit to traveling in the fall!). The park is open until late October, so get your vacation in before then. The park has been known to have brutal snowstorms even in late October that can shut down the park entirely. Plan your trip in September, and then plan to head to Napa on the way back to enjoy wine country. After that, don’t forget about San Francisco, which experiences its highest temperatures in the month of September.

Out looking for leaves this autumn? Leaf peepers, stop by this page for the best fall foliage spots in the United States collected onto one page!

August 6, 2010 at 1:07 pm Leave a comment

Visit the Heritage Park in Irvine, California

Heritage Park is a lovely park located in Irvine, CA. This park is an amazing place for families to enjoy some outdoor fun together. Their wide spaces allow for kids to run all around and enjoy their time with their family. The lovely pond and fountain makes it a peaceful place to simply sit and immerse in the beauty of Mother Nature. Children would certainly love the playground, which would very soon be refurbished and bigger than ever.

Heritage Park also comes with many facilities for those who want to enjoy sports and stay healthy. Heritage Park has great lighted soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, racquetball courts and a volleyball court. These sport facilities at the Heritage Park are not only perfect for some sports fun, but also for sports events organized by the community and schools.

Heritage Park is also great for parties. Their BBQ pits and group picnic areas make this a great outdoor location for your next party or family gathering. The park also homes a wonderful amphitheater that hosts many wonderful shows for everyone to enjoy.

The park also houses the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, a great swimming complex, the Irvine Fine Arts Center, The Heritage Park Community Center and The Irvine Heritage Park Library.

Be sure to have some great fun at the Heritage Park when you visit Irvine in Southern California!

Photo credit: Image of Heritage Park by Nazeem Sheik.

Aysha Iqbal contributed this great post for the ExSquidition Travel Journal. Be sure to read her other post on Irvine, California parks here, as well as her collection of lenses on Squidoo.

June 17, 2010 at 4:49 am Leave a comment

Visit the City of Irvine, Southern California: Beautiful Parks in Orange County

The City of Irvine is located in Orange County at Southern California. Along with the good community, good schools, housing and reputation that this great city has built over the years, they also have created a marvelous range of lovely parks for both their residents and visitors to enjoy.

All the Irvine parks are filled with colorful flowers, wide spaces and lots of greenery. Each of these parks allows everyone-young and old to stop and appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature. These parks serve as great locations for some family fun, sports activity, to relax and even hold an outdoor party.

Parks in the City of Irvine also come with great facilities like tennis courts, ball courts, playground, picnic sites, barbeque pits and amphitheaters. Irvine Parks are a great location for children and adult to enjoy some sports activities. Many schools host their annual sports events right in these parks.

Parks in Irvine are also a great spot for anyone to merely take a good walk and relax in a calm environment. Visit the park today, watch the joyous families and forget all the stress of your daily life while looking at the pure beauty of colorful flowers, trees, birdlife, and ponds.

Learn more about these amazing parks in the City of Irvine and be sure to see them for real when you come to Irvine in Southern California.

Photo credit: Bil Barber Park, Irvine Nazeem Sheik

ExSquidition Travel Journal is pleased to announce guest posts in the month of June! Here’s a note from the contributing author of this post:

Aysha Iqbal is an online writer who lives in Southern California and does freelance work. Not only does she write articles on Squidoo, she also maintains 2 blogs – “Wonderful Gifts for Wonderful People” and “Journey of this Online Writer Mum”.

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June 15, 2010 at 4:44 am Leave a comment


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