Five Crowded but Awesome Places to Visit in the Fall
As the nights start to draw in, your thoughts may be turning to Christmas and what Santa will bring the kids this year. Before we march headlong into the festive season, let’s not forget to get out and about to enjoy the very best of Fall. Whether they be beautiful or exciting, some of the world’s most popular destinations come into their own during this season. While you can anticipate crowds, you can still expect to have an awesome time.
International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, New Mexico
First up is one of National Geographic’s tips for best fall trips. We’re advised to head to the 43rd Albuquerque International Balloon Festival where around 700 hot air balloons will ascend from a 78-acre launch area the size of 53 football fields to fill the skies over New Mexico’s largest city with a colourful array of whimsical shapes. It’s little wonder this magical event is one of the most photographed on earth. Head to Albuquerque between October 4-12 (2014) to be part of the action.
Prague Old Town Square, Czech Republic
Lonely Planet includes Prague’s Old Town (Staré Město) in their list of top tourist hotspots worth the crowds. Considered one of the most stunning historical attractions in the world, you’ll be able to visit magnificent churches and ancient buildings dating back to the 12th century. Despite the area still attracting significant crowds, the Fall is the ideal time to visit with temperatures remaining in the mid-50s and the rich autumnal colors in the courtyard of the Church of Our Lady before Tyn further enhanced by the low sun that bathes the area.
The Great Wall of China, Beijing Municipality
There’s a certain timeless charm that surrounds the Great Wall, but according to the China Highlights travel site, Fall remains the most popular season to experience this wonder of the ancient world at its very best. Pleasant weather conditions - with temperatures of between 50-68ºF - combined with mountains blanketed with a kaleidoscope of red, brown, yellow, and golden hues afford visitors particularly stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Thanks to these prime conditions - and the fact that China’s National Day Holiday is held in the first week of October - the area pulls in large sized crowds.
Magic Kingdom, Disney World, Florida
No round up of crowded but awesome places to visit this Fall would be complete without a contribution from Disney. This year, everybody’s favourite mouse invites guests young and old to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Expect the crowds to flock to this event to indulge in a spot of trick-or-treating around the park and to marvel at the spectacular Boo-to-You Halloween Parade. Themed lighting, spooky music, and a sensational Fireworks show will serve to make the experience even more magical.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando, Florida
This magical Harry Potter-inspired theme park gets even better during the Fall. Head to Universal Orlando during this period and you’ll be able to take part in the seriously scary annual Halloween Horror Nights. Join throngs of other Muggles as you explore the likes of Hogsmeade village and Hogwarts tower, all decked out to celebrate the year’s spookiest season. This popular attraction celebrates Halloween on most nights until October 31. Brave the crowds and be part of it.