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Where to Travel in Fall 2018

Get inspired by 10 fall destinations that are worth visiting once the summer crowds have packed up.

Cooler temperatures, fewer crowds and lower prices make fall a perfect time for vacations. Here are the 10 best Canadian and international destinations to visit this season.

Zagreb, Croatia

Photo: Zagreb Tourism Board

Zagreb, Croatia

Croatia is having a moment. Consistently ranked one of the top countries to visit, the eastern European nation recently surprised the world by finishing second during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Discover the capital’s 18th- and 19th-century Austro-Hungarian architecture on a self-guided walking tour starting from Zagreb Cathedral (the country’s tallest building) to admire the impressive 6,000-flue-pipe organ. Continue toward Ban Jelačić Square, the city’s main public hub. From there, head over to the open-air antique market at British Square, where you’ll find vintage collectibles like ornate china and eye-catching jewellery. End your tour with a visit to the Museum of Broken Relationships with exhibits dedicated to love and heartbreak set inside a baroque palace.


Paris, France

Photo: Paris Tourist Office - Amélie Dupont

Paris, France

From September to December, the Paris Autumn Festival takes over several cultural institutions in the City of Lights, including the OdéonThéâtre de l’Europe, the Centre Pompidou and the Théâtre de Chelles. Don’t miss Tomás Saraceno’s immersive exhibit Jamming with Spiders at the Palais de Tokyo and Ahmed El Attar’s Mama, a play about intricate family dynamics presented at Théâtre de Choisy-le-Roi. Late Canadian musician Claude Vivier’s compositions will also be performed at L'Auditorium de Radio France.


Fredericton, New Brunswick

Photo: Fredericton Tourism

Fredericton, New Brunswick

Get a taste of East Coast hospitality at the NB Spirit Festival before the region’s harsh winter weather moves in. Canada’s oldest spirits festival features rum and whisky dinners, master classes and almost 200 spirit samples. Running from November 8 to 11, the Silver Wave Film Festival honours the province’s emerging filmmakers and producers with daily screenings. At the Joyce Pub, a dark-wood-panelled haunt in downtown Fredericton, rub elbows with local industry insiders over a pint of Saison from New Brunswick’s Hammond River Brewing Company.


Munich, Germany

Photo: Munich Tourism - Sigi Mueller

Munich, Germany

Fall in Germany is synonymous with Oktoberfest, but it’s far from being the only show in town. The Auer Dult fair takes place three times a year and offers shopping opportunities for adults (think traditional lederhosen, antiques and rare books), horseback riding for kids and Bavarian snacks like sausage and fish on a stick. Dating back to the 14th century and featuring a tree decorated with over 2,500 candles, the city’s Christmas Market kicks off on November 27 with Bavarian carols, handcrafted souvenirs, fresh gingerbread and mulled wine.


Melbourne, Australia

Photo: Visit Victoria

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Cup Carnival takes place in early November as spring blooms in the southern hemisphere. This year, the event wows with thrilling horse races, Australia’s largest outdoor fashion event (Myer Fashions on the Field) and a performance by Grammy-winning singer Sam Smith. Explore the local fauna with a stroll down Melbourne’s iconic laneways, packed with boutiques, galleries, alfresco restaurants and cafés like the Hopetoun Tea Rooms with its show-stopping cake display.


San Antonio, Texas

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San Antonio, Texas

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and San Antonio’s Tricentennial celebration is no exception. Comic lovers descend on the superhero-size Alamo City Comic Con in October for a chance to snap a celebrity selfie with Star Trek’s Brent Spiner, Ghostbusters’ Rick Moranis and pop culture icon Jeff Goldblum, while tech fans congregate at TedxSanAntonio in November to hear from local leaders and global experts, such as visual artist Gary Sweeney.


Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Photo: Theo Blanc

Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Located 90 minutes north of Amsterdam, the city of Leeuwarden was named the 2018 European Capital of Culture. The year-round festivities include free walking tours, a wide array of art exhibits and augmented-reality experiences. We’re most curious about the Phantom Limb: Art beyond Escher art exhibit at the Fries Museum for its mind-bending installations that play on perspective and space. Fashion lovers will appreciate the Mata Hari exhibit happening at the Andere Museum van Oldtimer tot Kant, which showcases the Lady of Fashion’s collection of opulent garments.


Budapest, Hungary

Photo: Budapest Festival and Tourism

Budapest, Hungary

Culture-focused Budapest is bustling with the Café Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival from October 5 to 21, featuring Art Market Budapest, an international contemporary art fair at Millenáris Park and performances by the Hungarian National Ballet at the Müpa Budapest Festival Theatre. In November, check out the New Wine and Cheese Festival in Vajdahunyad Castle, where local winemakers debut their new vintages. Admission includes a tasting glass and entrance to the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture.


New Orleans, Louisiana

Photo: Richard Sexton

New Orleans, Louisiana

Head to NOLA (another U.S. city celebrating its 300th anniversary) during the low season to avoid the crowds of Mardi Gras. The Gumbo Jubilee in October celebrates West Africa’s influence on Louisiana’s food, culture, and music with a whole cow roast prepared by several renowned southern chefs. Other events marking the city’s tricentennial include the screening of Before the West Coast: A Sports Civil Rights Story, a documentary on integration in school sports in New Orleans at the Orpheum Theater and the internationally acclaimed Orléans Collection art exhibit, showcasing pieces of artwork by the likes of Rembrandt and Reni.


Mont-Sutton, Quebec

Photo: Denis Bouvier

Mont-Sutton, Quebec

Enjoy the Eastern Townships’ fiery autumn colours at the family-friendly Fall Festival from September 15 to October 14 with guided hikes, scenic chairlift rides and outdoor concerts. Looking for a dose of adrenalin? Adventurous travellers can explore the area’s 30-kilometre system of mountain-biking trails, accessible through the end of October. Mountain bikes are available for rent at Plein air Sutton / MTB.

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