Autumn is kicking into full swing (for the northern half of the world, at least), so we thought we’d celebrate the season with a special edition of
I Heart My City.
Here are 20 fall must-dos from I Heart contributors in 20 cities around the world:
(Spain): Celebrate Laura’s Barcelona La Castanyada instead of Halloween. It’s a tradition in which we eat toasted chestnuts and panellets, small marzipan and nut cakes.
(Vermont, USA): Leaf-peep like a pro, preferably via bicycle or on foot. To truly enjoy autumn’s colors, hike up Lindsay’s Burlington Mount Philo for an incredible view of the Lake Champlain valley.
(Turkey): Discover the city’s rich (and safe) street culture on foot while the weather is cool. Must-visit neighborhoods include Sevcan’s Istanbul Cihangir, Tophane, Galatasaray, and Karaköy.
(China): Enjoy Hong Kong’s sweetest event, the Daisann’s Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival. Pass as a local by spreading out a blanket in one of the parks under the full moon.
(Montana, USA): Sneak in one last camping trip and sleep under the stars at the Kelli’s Whitefish Apgar Village Lodge & Cabins in Glacier National Park.
(Sweden): Take a boat out to the Lars’s Stockholm Stockholm archipelago and marvel at the amazing colors; there are almost no people on the islands at this time of year.
(Virginia, USA): Go biking on the boardwalk, stopping for a bite and beverage at Peggy’s Virginia Beach Mahi Mah’s.
(France): Enjoy the sunshine at one of Aix-en-Provence’s many cafés (my favorite is Anne’s Aix-en-Provence Unic). Afterward, go for a hike through the local vineyards to admire the autumn leaves.
(Canada): Celebrate Halloween by riding the Ghost Train at Pamela’s Vancouver Stanley Park or visiting the haunted houses at the Pacific National Exhibition during Fright Night.
(Italy): Try to resist the various temptations at the Marco’s Turin CioccolaTò chocolate fair.
(Colorado, USA): Venture to one of Denver’s mountain parks to catch the aspen trees turning yellow. Kristin & Allen’s Denver
(Photograph by Gavin Hellier, JAI/Corbis)
(Lebanon): Visit Christina’s Beirut Baalbek, the most amazing ancient ruins in all of Lebanon.
(Hungary): Go to the Gabor’s Budapest Wine Festival at Buda Castle to taste wonderful wines and enjoy a breathtaking view of the city.
(Nevada, USA): Gawk at all of the costumed revelers strolling the streets on Halloween. Jen’s Las Vegas
(Armenia): Take part in the festivities leading up to Yerevan’s birthday in October. Anna’s Yerevan
(Belgium): Discover Antwerp’s museums. In addition to the Aileen’s Antwerp Museum Aan de Stroom (MAS), plan to see the Museum of Modern Art and the Rubens House, a fitting showcase for the city’s most famous painter.
(UAE): Visit Dubai’s vast, breathtaking desert either through an organized Lynda’s Dubai desert safari or by driving your own 4×4. Tip: If you opt for the latter, make sure to go with at least one other car.
(Spain): Get some roasted chestnuts from street sellers in the Trevor’s Santiago de Compostela Old Town.
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