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Visiting a city for the first time is always exciting, but returning to a favorite destination is often just as rewarding, if not more so. You can slow down and take your time without feeling the pressure to visit the most popular tourist destinations. Instead, return to a cafe or restaurant that you enjoyed the last time you were there, revisit a museum that sparked your interest, or just take a stroll down a street that sparked your interest the first time around. And if you haven’t been to these destinations yet, you’ll see why you’ll want to return again and again. Here are seven cities in the United States and Europe worth visiting this fall.
There's always something new to see in Dublin, a small and easily walkable city full of green spaces, amazing restaurants, and of course cozy pubs where can you drink a pint of Guinness or a dram of Irish whiskey. St. Stephen's Green is one of the most popular parks in the city, but be sure to check out Iveagh Gardens hidden behind the National Concert Hall. For an authentic pub experience, stop in at The Palace Bar in the Temple Bar neighborhood, or pull up a seat at Lemuel's at the Conrad hotel for something more modern but still altogether Irish.
Fall is a wonderful time of year to drink bourbon, and what better place to do this than Louisville, Kentucky. If you've tackled the Kentucky Bourbon Trail before, come back to the downtown area to check out the new urban distilleries that have popped up like Old Forester, Angel's Envy, Kentucky Peerless, and Rabbit Hole Distilling. For a great meal, head to Proof on Main at the 21c Hotel, where you can drink whiskey, eat refined Southern food, and view beautiful art all at the same time.
You haven't really experienced Oktoberfest until you've spent it in Munich, the birthplace of this centuries-old, beer-soaked tradition. From September 22 through October 7, you can drink steins of excellent German beer, munch on giant pretzels and sausages, and strap on some lederhosen and dance to traditional music along with the six million other people who visit every year. If you've been to Munich before, a fall trip would be a great time to return and experience this tradition.
Edinburgh is arguably Scotland's prettier city, but nothing beats the character and culture of Glasgow. The Glasgow School of Art is key in fostering an environment in the city that is rich with creativity. Check out some galleries around town to see what the local artists are up to. There are countless restaurants in the city as well showcasing fresh and amazing Scottish ingredients like seafood, lamb, and vegetables. And of course sample some single malt scotch at one of the city's many bars, like The Pot Still which has over 700 whiskies to choose from. And don't forget to try some Auchentoshen, which is distilled not far from the Glasgow city center.
Paris is a city that gets better with every visit, and this fall would be a perfect time to experience the City of Lights all over again. There are so many museums to visit, but this time skip the Louvre and visit the Grand Palais instead where you can find exhibits from established and lesser known artists alike. As the air cools down in the evening, grab a seat at one of the city's many sidewalk bistros for a glass of wine and some steak frites. And if you have the time, catch a train to Reims, just an hour away, where you can visit the country's famous champagne houses to sample different varietals.
Summertime is blazingly hot in Palm Springs, a desert oasis located just a couple of hours east of Los Angeles. But the fall is a wonderful time to make a return visit, as daytime temperatures hover in the 80s and nights cool down to sweater weather. Take a ride up to the top of the Aerial Tramway and enjoy the breathtaking views of the valley below. Eat some good Mexican food, or some old-school fare at Melvyn's. When you need a break, retire to one of the city's many boutique hotels. And definitely check out the nearby Salton Sea to explore eerie relics of Southern California resorts from the 1950s.
New York City
New York is a busy tourist town no matter what season it is. But a perfect time to visit the Big Apple again would have to be the fall, when the days are still warm and the winter chill has not yet set in. Take a stroll along the High Line for gorgeous views of the Hudson River. If you're feeling thirsty, head to midtown to enjoy a simple but perfectly executed drink at the new and trendy Pool Lounge in the old Seagram's building. Or head down to Coney Island to enjoy some thrills on the rides at Luna Park before it closes in November for the season.
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