As the days get shorter and evenings become crisp, many await with great expectation the vibrant colors of fall. But why limit fall foliage viewing to your own backyard when vast landscapes and scenery beckon you from afar? Here are a few fall getaways to maximize that picturesque fall feeling around the world.
If you travel to Japan, you won’t want to miss the leaf-viewing tradition called koyo. A great spot to take this in is the island of Honshu, where brilliant colors frame sloping temple roofs, remnants of the city’s many centuries of imperial history.1 Plan to travel a little later if you wish to see this ancient colorful performance as the colors peak around mid-November through December.
How does a trip down Romantic Road in the midst of deep hued reds, oranges and yellows sound to you? No, that road does not belong to the city of make-believe; it belongs to Germany’s Franconia wine region –where local wine festivals dot the autumn calendar. Trips to the region can take you through centuries-old towns whose history comes alive on the chilly winds of yesteryear.
What would fall be without thoughts of spooky autumn nights – a contrast from the colorful days? Despite the history surrounding Count Dracula’s rule in Transylvania, surrounding hills cast a spell on travelers with their legendary hills soaked in color. Travelers can challenge themselves on the Transfăgărășan, a 56-mile (90 km) drive through the Fagaras Mountains full of 90-degree turns, hairpin curves, and spectacular vistas of autumn’s finest foliage.1
Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan Province, China
If you are looking for some of the most diverse vegetation with color, the Jiuzhaigou Valley may be the best place to visit. Here, autumn transforms the landscape into a colorful competition between dramatic red-orange leaves, rainbow-hued prayer flags of Tibetan villages, and emerald-tinged lakes that dot the landscape.1
Gaspe Peninsula, Quebec, Canada
The coast with its shimmery blue waters makes the perfect backdrop for vibrant fall colors. Those who wish to view fall foliage may wish to visit the Gaspé Peninsula or hike the mountains of Parc National de la Gaspésie, or enjoy the colorful background while whale-watching in Forillon National Park.1
Vermont, United States
Vermont is one of the best places to see fall foliage in the United States. The state offers regional and historical points from which to see vibrant reds, oranges and yellows mesh into the countryside while driving past places of interest like apple orchards and local attractions. Scenic drives are anywhere from 30 – 210 miles long and all it takes is clicking here to get the route.
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