As temperatures cool down in September and October, so do the crowds, making travel more carefree. While the days of sunning yourself on the beach may have faded away, the beauty of the landscape is certainly about to heat up, as gradients of red, yellow and orange foliage take over the landscape.

Autumn is a perfect time to travel, so don’t miss it just because it’s not as hotly hyped as summer. It’s particularly well suited to traveling in European cities that are typically overcrowded during the summer and in rural areas swathed in forest. Here are five of our favorites.

1. Lake George, NY

This upstate village is located in the heart of the Appalachians, famous for their dramatic turn of colors in the fall. Plan a hike through one of the area’s many trails or take a funicular up the mountainside for an incredible panoramic view of the changing foliage. If you’d really like to get in the seasonal spirit, stay in one of the area’s quaint, romantic bed-and-breakfasts and visit the village of Lake George to stroll by the lake and enjoy the town’s annual Oktoberfest celebration.

2. Istanbul, Turkey

Fall in Istanbul brings the perfect temperature for wandering through the ancient city streets. Fewer crowds, too, make it easier to navigate the marketplaces, explore the city’s stunning architecture and get pleasantly lost in its museums. Istanbul also boasts the best and most serious food scene in the country. The traditional cuisine and spirits pair well with the fresh, crisp fall air.

3. Bridge of Orchy, Scotland

For luxurious, autumnal solitude, this little village tucked in the Scottish Highlands can’t be beat. The patchwork of flaming foliage is almost overwhelmingly colorful, and the surrounding forest and Loch Tulla are pristine. Bridge of Orchy is perfect for long afternoon strolls through the forest and mountains, day trips to castles and cozying up to a pint in a pub.

4. Loire Valley, France

Late October is the best time to visit the Loire Valley, with its acres of grapevines and changing vineyard foliage. Enjoy wine tastings and the sights of chateaus in this serene and supremely romantic rural region of France.

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