OUR PICKS FOR THE BEST PLACES TO EXPERIENCE DAZZLING DISPLAYS OF COLOUR.
Tohf we ihnotet rs. ummer days are gone, making way for another beautiful and spectacular season of autumnal colour. Don’t mind the chill: grab some warm clothes, pull on your walking boots and make your way to one or more of the following destinations to enjoy the colours that autumn has to offer before the bitter winds usher in the season of winter.
KYOTO IN JAPAN
Kyoto, located on the island of Honshu, is considered to be one of the best spots to take part in the leaf-viewing tradition called Koyo. Here, the awe-inspiring branches laden with vivid hues outline the slopes of the roofs of the ancient temples that make up Japan’s cultural heritage, marking centuries of imperial rule. Illuminations at night-time penetrate the dense branches’ translucent and colour-drenched foliage from around the middle of November to December, making it a sight to remember throughout the bleakness of winter.
GASPÉ PENINSULA, QUEBEC, CANADA
The maple trees along the coast of Quebec clothed in bright hues of red are reminiscent of Canada’s flag, showing off the red maple leaf. The Gasp. Peninsula lends the striking backdrop of the blue waters of the Gulf of St Lawrence, framing the vibrantly coloured trees and making it a living tapestry on nature's canvas. Hiking the Parc National de la Gasp.sie affords you a magnificent view of the autumn leaves, while you can watch the seven types of whale that visit throughout October in the Forillon National Park.
SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
Why not take a drive along Arnold Drive through the Sonoma Valley and enjoy the multi-coloured canopies of maple and oak that colourfully line the drive? Here, in Sonoma County, the autumn leaves of both vines and trees are adorned with bright fiery hues, blending the multiple shades of autumn, colouring the countryside and vineyards, and harmonising with the October squash harvests.
The Alpine forests of southern Germany turn a riot of colour standing out against a backdrop of snowcovered mountains that any landscape artist will love to capture on canvas. Continue meandering along the 360 km Romantic Road, starting from the Franconia wine country where the vineyards themselves are likened to an artist’s palette. Enjoy the wine festivities of the region, travelling south through centuries-old medieval towns such as Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Dinkelsbuhl. The autumn season offers a much more relaxed opportunity for leaf-viewing than the crowded tourist summertime.
JIUZHAIGOU VALLEY, SICHUAN PROVINCE, CHINA
Some of China's most diverse fauna and flora can be seen in the Jiuzhaigou Valley when autumn reigns in a dramatic portrait of red-orange foliage that lends a lively contrast to emerald lakes and the rainbowhued Tibetan village’s prayer flags.