Labor Day Weekend is upon us, and we are SO ready for sweater weather, PSLs, and fall foliage (what's wrong with being basic this season?). And with the end of summer Fridays, we're already looking forward to planning a fun fall getaway. Luckily for us, Airbnb has just released its trend forecast for the season, naming 10 of the top destinations its users are checking out right now.
This fall, travelers are going to big-ticket events like the Rugby World Cup in Japan and Oktoberfest in Germany. Check out the top 10 cities seeing major booking growth (as compared to last year) on Airbnb this fall, and discover the most wish listed rental in each — which one will you be visiting?
1. Regina, Canada (328% growth)
The capital of the province of Saskatchewan, Regina, not only has great fall foliage, but it also has a hot hockey scene, which picks up in the fall. The most desired Airbnb here is this one-bedroom guest suite located right across the street from a major park — perfect to take in the changing colors.
2. Beatenberg, Switzerland (312% growth)
Visiting Beatenberg in Switzerland means you'll miss the summer hoards of hikers and beat the winter slew of skiers. Stay in a private guest suite in a home with some of the most incredible views in the world.
3. Beppu, Japan (288% growth)
Rugby fans are flocking to Japan for the World Cup, including the town of Beppu, known as a spa destination. This three-bedroom villa for rent has its own onsen, or hot-spring-fed soaking tub.
4. Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico (279% growth)
This town within Mexico City is a popular destination year-round, but it's slightly less crowded in the fall — and the weather is particularly lovely. You can stay in a luxury two-bedroom apartment for a price that's beyond reasonable.
5. Culebra, Puerto Rico (250% growth)
Puerto Rico's popularity has been on the rise. Visit the tiny island of Culebra this fall and enjoy temperatures hot enough for the beach or the pool at this hilltop cottage.
6. Tepoztlán, Mexico (250% growth)
This Mexican destination just south of Mexico City is considered a "magic town," a designation for places with significant ancient history and culture. It's said that this is birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, an Aztec god. We think the most wishlisted Airbnb is pretty magical, too.
7. Halle, Germany (248% growth)
Fun fact: Oktoberfest typically takes place in September, which is when you'll want to head to the town of Halle, a less-crowded alternative to Munich, when it comes to the beer-drinking festivities. Stay in an adorable apartment like this one, housed in a quintessentially German building, during your trip.
8. Anderson, South Carolina (247% growth)
If you visit Anderson, South Carolina, you'll only be an hour's drive from the famed Blue Ridge Mountains — and you'll definitely want to check out the stunning fall foliage. Embrace nature with a stay in this quaint woodland cottage.
9. Pinehurst, North Carolina (243% growth)
Pinehurst, North Carolina, is a bit farther from the Blue Ridge Mountains (four hours by car), but you'll be sure to see some leaves in town, too. Most people come here for the golf course, and you can stay right on it in this treehouse Airbnb.
10. Obertraun, Austria (232% growth)
Get your hike on in Obertraun, a scenic town in the mountains near the famous Lake Hallstatt. Book a stay in this charming Airbnb that couldn't be more quaint if it tried.
Stefanie is a New York–based writer and editor. She has served on the editorial staffs of Architectural Digest, ARTnews, and Oyster.com, a TripAdvisor company, before setting out on her own as a freelancer. Her beats include architecture, design, art, travel, science, and history, and her words have appeared in Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, Popular Science, Mental Floss, Galerie, Jetsetter, and History.com, among others. In another life, she'd be a real estate broker since she loves searching for apartments and homes.