Autumn holidays are a great way to get away from it all, especially as lower tourist numbers makes exploring a more relaxed prospect. Prices are also better in the off-season and it can be easier to find attractive discounts on flights and accommodation. Our top five autumn destinations include the Maldives and Marrakesh – exotic destinations with pleasant temperatures, ideal for exploring.
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Alternatively, USA in the fall offers the ideal time to enjoy a stay in sunny Miami or San Francisco as it catches its breath after the tourist season. Of course, New York is a year-round destination and the Big Apple’s autumn landscape adds a touch of nostaligia to the metropolis.
USA in the fall: New York
Love it hate it, but no-one can be indifferent to New York! The US’s largest metropolis hides many attractions, such as the world-famous Times Square. Lit up by billboards and crowded with people and the city’s famous yellow taxis, it’s easy to feel like an an actor on the set of a famous film. New York’s famous Statue of Liberty sits on Liberty Island, and you can take a ferry over to see it up close. Don’t forget to head to the observation deck hidden in the statue’s crown for stunning views. The Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center also guarantee a breathtaking panorama of the city, while a stroll along Fifth Avenue allows you to admire window displays in some of the most world’s most exclusive boutiques. For a breath of fresh air, head to New York’s green lungs, Central Park.
New York is also a city renowned for its art. Over on Broadway, iconic productions sit side-by-side with small, independent theatres. Need a quick coffee? Grab a takeout cup and make yourself comfortable on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum Of Art – head inside to visit the many exhibitions. A beautiful backdrop for nighttime photos is provided by the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan. Another tourist destination is the Dumbo district, where you can take a photo with the bridge as a backdrop. Finally, don’t miss a visit to Wall Street, where you can see not only the Federal Hall and the New York Stock Exchange, but also the famous Charging Bull and Fearless Girl statues.
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USA in the fall: San Francisco
San Francisco is a city made for public transport and walking, so ditch the hire car. No trip to San Francisco can be complete without a ride on its iconic cable car. As the historic vehicles pass along their scenic routes, you can observe the city’s architecture and the everyday life of its inhabitants. One of the most photographed streets in San Francisco is Lombard Street – its narrow, winding street is a challenge for drivers who patiently wait for their turn to exit. Admire a city panorama from the terrace atop Coit Tower, before heading to Chinatown for delicious flavours and a vibrant atmosphere.
While in San Francisco, it is worth planning a walk around Alamo Square, a unique district, distinguished by its architecture. The colourful Victorian houses positioned in a line provide postcard-perfect views. Speaking of views, it is impossible not to mention the symbol of this great city – the Golden Gate Bridge. Often shrouded in heavy fog from which the rusty-orange structure emerges, the bridge has been featured in countless films., Another city association is with Al Capone. It was here, at Alcatraz Prison, that he was incarcerated and you can now visit in person to see a glimpse of prison life. Entrance tickets to the facility must be purchased well in advance.
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USA in the fall: Miami
Let us travel to sunny Miami, a unique landscape of skyscrapers, palm trees and murals. If you like street art, be sure to visit the Wynwood District. The derelict old halls here have gained a second life as a background for a rotating gallery of colourful murals created by artists from all over the world. Many people find themselves drawn to another famous Miami district – Little Havana. It is an oasis of Cuban rhythms and cuisine, and at its heart is Calle Ocho, a place that celebrates the best of Cuban culture including warm hospitality, a love of music and dancing, communal gatherings and a few games of dominoes too.
To explore Miami from the water, book a Biscayne Bay cruise. You can also catch a breath in Bayfront Park, while just an hour from Miami you can visit one of the great US national parks, the Everglades. However, Miami is above all, a place of beautiful beaches and partying until dawn, combined with excellent shopping in global boutiques. If you want to discover the city’s party soul, head to Ocean Drive and South Beach.
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Exotic autumn holiday: Marrakesh
It’s time to head to Morocco and one of its largest cities, Marrakesh. Bathed in shades of red, which beautifully highlights its spectacular sunsets, be sure to visit the older areas of the city, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The heart of Marrakesh is Jemaa el-Fna Square, where you’ll find a maze of stands packed with handicrafts, souvenirs, spices and food stalls serving up snacks from all over the world. It is crowded, noisy and fascinating – don’t be surprised by a snake show taking place next to a snack stand, interspersed with enthusiastic merchants persuading you to buy their goods.
Marrakesh’s main monuments are all worth visiting. The Mosque of the Booksellers dates back to the 12th century; the Bahia Palace to the 19th century and the Saadian Tombs to the 16th century. The Jewish district of Mellah, the ruins of the El Badi Palace and the preserved historic city gates are all captivating in their own way. If you have the opportunity to visit more of the surrounding area, we recommend a day trip to Ouzoud Falls. Marrakesh is full of surprises – in addition to the many tastes and smells of this vibrant city, we must highlight the unique Majorelle Gardens. This oasis of greenery and blissful peace offers a respite from the everyday bustle of the city. Here you can admire rich exotic flora, capture beautiful photos against its coral-shaded background and visit the YSL museum. As it turns out, this place was a favourite of famous fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and it was he who restored the gardens to their former splendour. Such was his affection for the gardens that he had his ashes scattered here after his death in 2008.
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Exotic autumn holiday: The Maldives
The Maldives boasts a landscape untroubled by photo retouching. Pristine white sand, crystal-clear turquoise waters and sheer tranquility await on these islands that are best known for their privacy and intimate atmosphere. A great choice for a honeymoon, a holiday in nature or a trip for water sports enthusiasts, you can spend your time very actively here. The coral reefs that surround the islands offer ideal diving conditions and you can also try your hand at surfing, water skiing, yoga and meditation. The list of attractions for guests is extensive and includes dolphin-watching cruises, night fishing or dinner on a glass-bottomed boat.
An island state of over 1,200 islands, The Maldives is formed from atolls and clusters with very few inhabited. So, which atoll should you choose? Excellent diving conditions can be found in Addu and Baa and the latter is also famous for another attraction – the glowing Mudhdhoo Beach. When it gets dark, Bioluminescence causes the beach to turn blue, creating a unique natural light show.
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A similar phenomenon also occurs on the Raa Atoll island of Vaadhoo. If you wish to see the traditional Maldivian countryside, head to Guraidhoo Island in Kaafu Atoll. Here, you can l see everyday life in the capital, Malé. This small city is great for browing for souvenirs and handicrafts and you can also visit The Grand Friday Mosque which dates back to the 17th century. Finally, for the ultimate in privacy head to the island of Fuamulaku – but do note that you must obtain a permit to stay before you arrive.