Autumn and I ignited a love affair long ago, and it’s still going strong. The air is crisply inviting. The colors are deeply vibrant. The food is soul-warming. The fashion is cozy chic. It’s the season that keeps on giving. Beyond that, it’s my absolute favorite time of the year to travel. Troves of trudging tourists have left and a sense of normalcy has been restored. While new cities are always on the agenda, some cities are fall classics that warrant a visit year after year.
Embrace the sublime glory that is fall in any of these cities — they won’t let you down. They’ve never let me down in the fall.
Autumn in Paris is as much about reinvigorating the community’s artistic spirit as it is about falling leaves and the end of summer. Though not as clichéd as Paris in spring, Paris in fall exudes an enviable charm and elegance that adds to its je ne sais quoi. The arts scene steals the fall limelight and you can expect a new gallery opening, a long-awaited art exhibition, or cultural event almost every week throughout the season. Add that to the city’s notably haute food scene, and you will easily see why Paris is the ultimate European muse for fall.
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New York City
Though you are guaranteed spectacular fall foliage anywhere in the New England region, New York City is the quintessential urban fall destination. Walking through Central Park in the crisp morning air, sipping a warm pumpkin spice latte, and watching the vibrant leaves cascade down the trees…I cannot think of a more perfect fall moment. For the past decade, at least once every fall, I have traveled to New York City to experience the autumnal bliss in Central Park. One of my favorite things to do is to head down to the meadow by Belvedere Castle, which is blanketed by yellow, orange, and red leaves and to book a Central Park-facing room at one of the many luxury hotels in the area.