Rio, Scottsdale, and Split are top travel destinations

(NC) – Summer nights are getting shorter and the fall colours will soon appear, leaving many Canadians with a sense of wanderlust and a desire to extend the warm weather. The fall travel season offers endless possibilities, often at a great price.

From relaxing to adventurous vacations, Julian Brass, creator of the popular website, shares his top three destinations to visit this fall:

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

If you're a travel junkie, Rio de Janeiro is one of the liveliest and most happening places to be - it's also the cultural hub of Brazil. Whether riding cable cars up to Pão de Açúcar or spending the day at the Copacabana beach, there's so much to see and do in Rio. While in the city, take advantage of the great ocean views at the Sheraton Rio Hotel and Resort, part of Starwood's 48 beach properties in North and South America - just steps away from Ipanema Beach.

Scottsdale, United States

Scottsdale, Arizona may seem like a small city at first but it's packed with adventure and offers beautiful desert sites, including the Grand Canyon. Spend a day trekking through the caverns to see one of the seven natural wonders of the world up close. If a round of golf with your friends is more your speed, the city also boasts a golfer's paradise. The 27-hole championship course at the Phoenician Hotel winds through the stunning desert landscape. Tip: By using an American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card to book your flight and hotel stay, you may even be able to rack up enough Starpoints to cash in on a complimentary round at the course.

Split, Croatia

Are you looking for a little rest and relaxation but want to branch out from the typical beach vacation? Get pampered while looking at the gorgeous view of the Adriatic Sea in Split, Croatia − a thriving city that just so happens to have amazing beaches, food and natural beauty. The city of Split is centered on Diocletian's Palace, providing a glimpse into the unique architecture from ancient Greece. After a day of exploring the old palace or checking out the many neighbouring beaches, pamper your feet at the spa in the Le Méridien Lav Hotel, one of 28 luxurious spas to be found at Starwood Hotels across Europe.

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