The secret is out. Fall is an epic time to go on vacation. The summer crowds are long gone, but in a lot of places the weather is still warm enough to attract visitors. And in a lot of places across the globe, it’s a great time to get a good value airline ticket. Here’s our top 10 picks for the best international places to visit.

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

We’ll start with a true icon. You’re going to want to visit Paris someday, and aside from springtime, Paris is at its best in autumn. Take a trip to the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower while airfares to the continent are nicely priced, and see this gorgeous tower (and city) like a local!

The Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, Egypt

Fall is an incredible time to visit Egypt’s top attractions – with cooler temperatures and fewer tourists to recommend them. Flights to Cairo are easy to find. You can connect through London or Dubai easily and economically in autumn.

Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland, Australia

After many years of decline and worry about the world’s largest coral reef system, scientists are thrilled to report that the reef has been healing itself, but is still at long-term risk. Visit the Great Coral Reef during our fall for the best diving conditions to witness the rich varieties of life it supports.

Hoi An, Vietnam

hoi an, vietnam

Hoi An can boast of being the most romantic town in Vietnam, and we recommend visiting it’s ancient streets right at the start of the rainy season. You can take a cooking class or just wander the canals looking at the chinese and French-influenced architecture. You might also want to pick up a paper lantern or three – the shops overflow with them.

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town’s location where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans converge, is on every intrepid adventurer’s destination shortlist. And for good reason – the mix of stunning scenery,cool surf breaks, and a robust wine region nearby make it darn near irresistible and one of our best international places to visit this fall. Autumn is a great time to experience spring on Table Mountain.

Dracula’s Castle, Bran, Romania

Bear with us here. Okay, this one is a little bit kitsch, but for fans of leaf peeping, the Carpathian Mountains of Romania are a romantic, dreamy place to see some of the best fall foliage in Central Europe. And no visitor to Romania can miss the legend that inspired Bram Stoker’s classic – especially in October. Don’t miss this spooky sight!

Machu Picchu, Peru

machu picchu, peru

Most visitors to this bucket list destination make the pilgrimage during the dry season which runs April to September. However, Machu Picchu (along with Cusco – the nearby base for most tourists) can be overrun during high season. Travel here when it’s less crowded and you might get wet, but it’ll be a more magical experience overall.

Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

There are fewer places more naturally stunning than Torres del Paine National Park high in the Chilean Andes. Visit in the southern hemisphere’s spring (September to December) and you’ll benefit from longer daylight hours and warmer weather. There’s more changes to see animals waking up from winter,and the glaciers will be less bracing.

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

Candidly, anywhere in Italy is fantastic in the fall months. We chose Pisa to highlight how spectacular Tuscany can be in autumn. The hordes of summer travelers have departed and you can while away the hours in countless small towns in the Tuscan countryside. If you’re in Tuscany in September or October, you can experience the region’s wine harvest – a very special time of year.

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

taj majal, agrea, india

There are few places one can say – anytime is a fine time to visit and the Taj Mahal may just be one of those. However, the heat in India can be quite oppressive, so for cooler temperatures we highly recommend a visit in November or December. Autumn temperatures rarely go above 80 degrees.

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