Top Holiday Destinations for Awesome Autumn Colours
There’s no need to despair about the approaching cold, when you can plan an autumn holiday surrounded by colourful foliage!
Now is the right time to plan your trip, for a September, October or November adventure with golden leaves, crisp air and stunning landscapes dipped in autumn’s paintbrush.
Here’s a look at some of our top picks.
Possibly more cherished for the short-lived cherry blossoms in spring, Japan’s autumn foliage deserves to rank alongside them. Visit Kyoto, famous for Shinto shrines, traditional wooden houses and geisha, to see an explosion of colour covering the charming city. Some of the best spots include Tofuku-ji Temple, Ginkaku-ji Temple and the mountain village of Takao.
Autumn sweeps over Ontario with a palette of eye-scorching reds, glowing yellows and blazing oranges. If you love hiking, birdwatching and outdoor adventures, this is the time to do it. The 1000 Islands region offers cruises along the banks of the St. Lawrence River, or climb the 1000 Islands Tower for a bird’s eye view. Jump on board the Agawa Canyon Tour Train to discover lakes, rivers and forests awash with gold in Algoma Country. For a city trip, check out Ottawa at the end of September and try biking and kayaking.
Sheffield Park and Garden, UK
Right here at home, Sheffield Park and Garden, in Sussex, is famous for its display of autumn colours. If you’ve been before, don’t let that deter you from visiting again, as the colours are never the same. With four lakes at the centre of the garden, you can stroll paths through glades and wooded areas to find tree and shrub species from all over the world.
New York, USA
If you’ve ever wanted to see Central Park, autumn is the prime time to do it. Colours literally explode from every vantage point and the crisp air is perfect for long strolls. It’s apple season, so visit markets, like the Union Square Green Market, to buy fresh, seasonal produce. Being New York, of course there’s a wealth of festivals and events, especially in October with Halloween.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
Dramatic, mysterious and historic, travelling through the Isle of Skye is a feast for the senses, no matter the time of year. Autumn adds to the intoxicating landscapes with a splash of warm colour, to take the bite from the chill. The best way to discover Scotland’s largest island is by car, so you can take your time exploring ruins on windswept cliffs, quaint villages and fantastic pubs.
It’s hard to improve on Paris’s beauty, however thick carpets of golden leaves, less tourists and generally sunny weather seems to do so. It’s one of the best times to visit the gardens of Versailles and the Palais-Royal Gardens. Plus, you can sip on hot chocolate at an outdoor terrace, without fighting for a seat.
Seoul, South Korea
A trip to South Korea in autumn means bright crimsons and golden hues lining Seoul’s tree-filled streets. Climb Namsan Mountain, at the heart of the city, for the best vantage point of the changing landscapes. Seoul’s premier palace, Gyeongbokgung, is romantically transformed with the colours of the season, making it a haven for couples, artists and photographers.
New England, USA
New England is world famous for its kaleidoscope of autumn colours. It’s the season for hiking, biking, road trips, apples and pumpkins! Drive Connecticut’s State Route 169 to discover charming towns, hike in Maine’s Acadia National Park or discover the Mohawk Trail in Massachusetts. You can also stand on the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire, go vineyard-hopping in Rhode Island and take all the autumn pics you could wish for, in Vermont.