Fall Foliage Travel: Skip Central Park For London's Hampstead Heath
Reap the benefits of the slow airline of fall by hopping a cheaper ticket across the pond to London. We're not kidding; a friend just booked a weekend trip to London on Virgin Atlantic after seeing that it was just as expensive as some flights between Chicago and NYC.
If you are similarly spontaneous, or just thirsty for a good pub with some fall foliage outside, we recommend heading to London's Hampstead Heath area, like their version of NYC's Central Park. Here, you'll not only get a view of trees turning during the fall colors peak of late October through early November, but alsoatop London's highest point, Parliament Hillyou'll have a view over the whole city.
Kind of like a British fantasy, within the free Hampstead Heath woods you'll hobble past ponds, wood towers, natural swimming pools open year-round, and wild ducks as vibrant as the one pictured above.
Perhaps bring along a picnic basket, as Karl Marx used to do every Sunday while living in London, or pack your copy of CS Lewis' The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe, since the Heath inspired him to write it.
If you are curious about those Virgin Atlantic special fares, then follow our lead to keep your eyes trimmed on their special offers page and their Twitter. Currently, one-way between JFK and LHW is looking pretty sweet at $236 plus tax.
· London-Hampstead [WikiTravel]
· Virgin Atlantic Special Offers [VA]
· Fall Foliage Travel Coverage [Jaunted]
[Hampstead Heath duck Photo: Benderish]