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Looking for a final escape to wrap up this summer? Here are 15 very cool destinations to consider for a creative, adventurous goodbye to the heat and welcome to glorious fall festivities!

Ålesund, Norway

A coastal town famed for its exquisite Art Nouveau architecture, Ålesund was rebuilt in this style after a fire devastated the town overnight in 1904. It’s an art and history lover’s dream, presenting a stark contrast to the raw beauty of Norway’s fjords and mountains. By the end of summer, you can enjoy mild weather, longer daylight hours, and fewer tourists, making it a serene escape.

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Situated in the Julian Alps, Lake Bled looks as if it’s been pulled from the pages of a storybook. The lake’s emerald waters house a quaint island with a church, and overseeing it all is the Bled Castle, perched high on a cliff. End of summer provides warm water temperatures, ideal for boating and swimming, while the surrounding forests offer shaded hiking opportunities.



San Marino

Often overshadowed by its neighboring Italian towns, San Marino is an absolute gem. Being one of the world’s oldest and smallest republics, it boasts medieval fortresses, charming cobblestone streets, and panoramic views from Mount Titano. Late summer sees fewer crowds and provides a temperate climate to explore its historic wonders.

Aysén Region, Chile

This lesser-known area of Chilean Patagonia offers dramatic landscapes that range from lush rainforests to glacial fjords. With fewer tourists than Torres del Paine, you can enjoy solitude and raw nature, especially during the tranquil tail end of the southern summer.

Sighnaghi, Georgia

This walled town in Georgia’s wine region is brimming with history, culture, and romance. Wander its cobblestone streets, admire the wooden balconies, and indulge in the millennia-old wine culture. As summer wanes, vineyards prepare for harvest, offering a unique insight into traditional winemaking.

Isles of Scilly, UK

A temperate and subtropical paradise, these islands off Cornwall’s coast offer white sandy beaches, beautiful gardens, and clear azure waters. At summer’s end, they offer the perfect climate—warm, yet devoid of the peak season’s tourist bustle.

Dharamshala & McLeod Ganj, India

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These hill stations offer a spiritual retreat. Home to the Tibetan government-in-exile, you can immerse yourself in Tibetan culture, explore monasteries, and attend teachings. Late summer provides a respite from monsoon rains and sets the stage for the region’s vibrant festivals.

Lofoten Islands, Norway

An archipelago above the Arctic Circle, Lofoten is a fusion of rugged mountains, deep-blue seas, and traditional red fishing huts. By the end of summer, you might catch the first glimpses of the Northern Lights, while enjoying the residual warmth of the midnight sun.



The Azores, Portugal

Volcanic craters, thermal springs, and lush landscapes make these islands an adventurer’s paradise. As summer concludes, the weather remains balmy, and the migrating whales and dolphins offer spectacular viewing opportunities.

Gimmelwald, Switzerland

Located in the Swiss Alps, Gimmelwald is a timeless village where traditional alpine life continues unhindered. With summer drawing to a close, the trails are less crowded, allowing for peaceful hikes with amazing mountain views.

Naoshima, Japan

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Art melds with nature on this island, home to contemporary art museums, sculptures, and installations. As summer fades, the pleasant weather offers the perfect ambience to explore both the cultural landmarks and the serene landscapes.

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

This UNESCO World Heritage site, situated amidst the forested Rila Mountains, is a showcase of Bulgaria’s rich spiritual and artistic traditions. As summer’s heat subsides, the monastery’s surroundings burst into autumn colors, enhancing its beauty—visit its museums and learn all about its history and importance.

Moldova

Among Europe’s least visited countries is a haven for wine enthusiasts. Beneath the rolling countryside lie vast wine cellars, some among the world’s largest. Visiting as summer concludes aligns with grape harvest, offering fresh wines and festivals.

Bhutan

A nation where happiness is a metric for progress, Bhutan is a mix of pristine landscapes and profound spirituality. The end of summer brings about vibrant festivals, providing a deep insight into its unique culture.

Tanna Island, Vanuatu

Home to the accessible Mount Yasur volcano, Tanna offers a raw, elemental experience. Dive into blue holes, witness traditional kastom dances, and relax on untouched beaches. As southern summer ebbs, the island’s beauty remains undiminished but more serene.

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