One of the best things about autumn is all of that color, and even better, is getting to enjoy it with the one you love. If you’d like to enjoy a romantic getaway that includes brilliant fall foliage, consider one of these fantastic destinations.
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Bavaria, Germany (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Bavaria is home to some of Europe’s most breathtaking scenery with endless Alpine forests that pop with vivid colors against mountains that are dusted with snow during the autumn season. It’s considered the “Vermont of Europe, with the deciduous trees making it look as if you’ve walked into a Bob Ross painting. And, even better, this region is home to Neuschwanstein Castle, as well as many other magnificent palaces and castles, making it the ultimate romantic, fairy-tale setting. Fall is also a wonderful time for enjoying horse-drawn carriage rides, hikes through the Alps, and attending wine festivals too.
Lake District, England (Hotel Prices & Photos)
England’s Lake District is renowned for its scenic beauty, and with the autumn light, it becomes even more stunning and romantic. With its wealth of picturesque lakes surrounded by gold and ruby covered hills, the region makes an ideal spot for hiking hand-in-hand. Cumbria is home to beautiful woodland areas like Grizedale Forest Park, with green pines and copper beech trees that frame mountain views as well as cozy pubs, like Kirkstone Pass Inn where you can stop in for a glass of local ale or cider. While the weather is notoriously unpredictable this time of year, those showers and passing clouds only serve to emphasize the grandeur of the scenery.
Prague, Czech Republic (Hotel Prices & Photos)
A romantic city anytime of year, Prague is especially wonderful in autumn, when the crowds have dissipated and the a golden hue shines across its magnificent castles, Gothic churches and pretty bridges. A slight nip begins to fill the air, creating the perfect excuse for cuddling up together and enjoy a pints of Czech beer or a hearty meal in one of its many outstanding restaurants. Take a walk after dark under the enchanting glow of gas lamps that line the cobblestone lanes and be sure to take in the beautiful vistas of Old Town from atop the water by hopping aboard a romantic boat cruise down the Vltava in a replica century-old boat with Prague-Venice Cruises.
Wicklow National Park, Ireland (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Autumn is an ideal time to visit Ireland, a time when you’re more likely to enjoy bright blue skies and far fewer tourists than you would during the summer. That fresh mountain air is crisp and cool, and the trees covered with a lovely golden hue. Wicklow National Park is particularly spectacular this season, and there are miles and miles of hiking trails for exploring its fantasy-like scenery. Visit historic sites like Glendalough, one of the most important monastic sites in the Emerald Isle, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century, and the many magnificent waterfalls, like Powerscourt, which has been featured in films like “Excalibur.” If a storm rolls in, you can always find a pub with a roaring fire to tuck into for awhile.
Vienna, Austria (Hotel Prices & Photos)
The capital of Austria is not only one of Europe’s most elegant cities, it’s home to the famous Austrian waltz, chandelier-lit cafes and lovely parks that make a perfect setting for romance, especially with the change of colors fall brings. Enjoy carriage rides in the city and wine tasting at one of the many area vineyards, like Vienna Woods. From here on a clear day, you can not only see the entire city, but Schneeberg, where its mountain spring water comes from, as well as a gorgeous view of Leopoldsberg, a 12th-century castle.
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon (Hotel Prices & Photos)
The 80-mile Columbia Gorge slices into the Cascade Mountains to form a natural border between Washington and Oregon. While it’s a beautiful sight year-round, in the fall, when cottonwoods, Oregon ash, firs and big-leaf maples begin to display their colors, it’s especially breathtaking. Take a scenic drive along the Columbia River to view the golden and bronze hues, along with hundreds of waterfalls, hike the miles and miles of trails, or hit the water in a kayak, canoe or boat.
White Mountains, New Hampshire (Hotel Prices & Photos)
The White Mountains White Mountains are considered the crown jewel of New Hampshire, soaring above pristine lakes and dense forests while boasting the Northeast region’s highest peak at nearly 6,300 feet. Thanks to its vibrant crimson res, warm golden yellows and brilliant orange hues, the range draws countless artists and photographers to capture its beauty. Romance seekers may want to take the Fall Foliage train ride through the mountains, passing a wealth of scenic landscapes along with the way. Or ride the aerial tramway in Franconia Notch State Park to the top of Cannon Mountain for awe-inspiring views from the 4,080-foot summit, including the mountains of four states and Canada on a clear day.
Upper Peninsula, Michigan (Hotel Prices & Photos)
This impressive finger of land that juts into Lake Superior offers a kaleidoscope of vibrant red, orange and gold hues across Michigan’s northernmost point. An array of stunning autumn hues blanket the hills and ridges, forming colorful tunnels across winding two-lane roads. Some of the best views can be found in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, along with nearly 100 waterfalls, including Bond Falls, one of the most magnificent of all.
Aspen, Colorado (Hotel Prices & Photos)
It wouldn’t be right not to include Aspen on a list of romantic destinations with impressive fall foliage. In and around this Colorado mountain town, you’ll see dazzling displays of Aspen trees. Not only can you spend a day among the dramatic Fourteeners (mountains at are 14,000 feet high or taller), hiking, mountain biking, and more, you can look forward to romantic fine dining dinners, upscale shopping and spa visits too. The St. Regis spa offers couples massage as well as the opportunity to soak in a hot tub.
The Adirondacks, New York (Hotel Prices & Photos)
The Adirondack Mountains are the largest natural wilderness region in the Eastern U.S., and one of the most spectacular for fall foliage, with oak, maple, birch and beech trees exploding with orange, red and golden hues among the forested landscape. Base yourself in Lake George, where you’ll have a wealth of romantic lodging options to choose from, like Allyn’s Butterfly Inn, with rooms that feature Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces