Autumn can be one of the best times of year to pack up your bags and head off on an adventure.
With cooler temperatures come lower prices, quieter beaches, peaceful mountain trails, beautiful scenery and a more laidback vibe; all of which provide the perfect backdrop for an adventure holiday. Oh and let’s not forget that a cheeky little autumn escape also helps make the ski season come around that bit faster – a mega bonus!
If you’re thinking of heading to the mountains, forests, lakes or beaches this autumn, here are some of our favourite places to rejuvenate, refresh and recharge.
1. Bend, Oregon – A Multi Activity Paradise in the Pacific Northwest
World class mountain biking, trail running, rock climbing, hiking, fly fishing, SUP, kayaking, golf – this fantastic adventure town in Central Oregon really does have it all. We spent 3 weeks here last autumn and can’t wait to go back.
Located just 3.5 hours drive south from Portland, the laidback town of Bend is a perfect choice for anyone looking for big skies and a genuinely friendly West Coast outdoor adventure (there’s no Californian egos here).
With so many activities on offer and 300 days of sunshine per year, you can build up a serious thirst in Bend. Thankfully you have the choice of 27 craft breweries where you can quench it at the end of the day!
Best For: Wilderness lovers, craft beer fans and outdoor nuts of all ages
Top Tip – Combine your trip to Bend with a long weekend in Portland – Oregon’s largest city and home of the hipster.
2. The Italian Dolomites – Hiking Without The Hordes
Whilst there’s no ‘wrong’ time to visit the Dolomites, mountains and crowds don’t tend to bring out the best in each other, let’s be honest. (If you don’t believe us, just ask Mt Everest.)
If you’re the kind of hiker who likes to travel at their own pace on the trail, takes the time to appreciate spectacular scenery and may be partial to the odd food and wine festival then we suggest heading to the Dolomites this autumn.
Expect stunning views, clear mountain air, autumn leaves and legendary Italian hospitality.
Best For: Real mountain lovers who appreciate the finer things in life
Top Tip – Give your feet a rest day and book a guided electric bike tour – a quiet, eco-friendly, fun and stress-free way to explore yet more of this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3. Croatia – The Coast is Clear
With a dramatic coastline dotted with Venetian-style ports, clear and warm waters, insignificant tides and a stunning mountain backdrop, Croatia is a sea kayaker’s dream. It’s also one of the hottest holiday destinations on the planet right now meaning that peak season can be pretty darn crowded.
Visit out of season however and you’ll avoid the crowds, leaving you free to explore as many of the 1,200 Adriatic islands that your upper body can handle!
Best For: Adventurous water babies of all abilities
Top Tip – Visit the Peljesac Peninsula for some serious delish shellfish, red wines and fab beaches.
4. Provence – Crags & Trails
Experience the spectacular Gorges du Verdon from a horizontal and vertical perspective with a combined trail running and rock climbing trip.
The cooler autumn temperatures will enable you to push your grade and explore your endurance limits as you journey through the French equivalent of the Grand Canyon.
This may be your last opportunity to run and climb in the sun before winter comes – make it count.
Best For: Adrenaline and endurance addicts with a penchant for pale pink Provence rosé wine!
Top Tip – Give yourself a treat and book in for a night at the boutique hotel Le Moulin du Chateau in the quaint Provence town of St Laurent du Verdon
5. Greek Glamping – Luxury Watersports
Can adventure holidays ever be truly luxurious? At the Surf Club Keros they definitely can.
This luxury resort is perfectly positioned in one of Europe’s best surf destinations – the Greek island of Limnos – and is a kiteboarding and windsurfing playground, luxury lodge and spa all rolled into one. The eco-friendly, luxury safari tents come equipped with private verandas, LCD TVs, Nespresso machines and most importantly, endless ocean views.
This is crowd-pleasing adventure at its finest and visiting in autumn ensures a mellow vibe.
BEST FOR: Watersports-mad families, couples, groups or individuals looking for a 5 Star Greek adventure
Top Tip – Get involved with the extra activities. Choose from yoga and stretching sessions, trail running and wild swimming, SUP and snorkelling, and many more…
If any of these autumn destinations tickle your late summer tastebuds or you need some additional inspiration then give us a call.
We’ve got loads of ideas up our sleeves. Let’s get planning your next adventure.
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