7 gorgeous places for an autumn holiday

From the Loire Valley in France to Kyoto in Japan, these destinations are known for their changing leaves and rich autumn colours, making for the perfect autumn holiday destinations...
Central Park Autumn and buildings in midtown Manhattan New York City
Central Park Autumn and buildings in midtown Manhattan New York City. Photo: Songquan Deng/Shutterstock

Central Park in the autumn with midtown Manhattan behind. Photo: Songquan Deng/Shutterstock


Autumn is in full swing, which means that the crisp, golden colours of fall are fully upon us. These destinations bring the season to life with rich, vibrant foliage and epic natural landscapes that'll leave you swooning for more.


1. The Loire Valley, France

The Loire Valley may be best known for centuries-old, crumbling chateaux, but that's not the only thing that's earned the area some serious bragging rights. The region is positively dazzling during the autumn months, from September through to October and November. If you're lucky enough to find yourself there during the harvest in the early fall, you can also take in views of ripe grapes being picked from the vine.

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Autumn vineyard in France. Photo: Vitaly Titov & Maria Sidelnikova/Shutterstock


2. Kyoto, Japan

Mid-November to mid-December is the optimum time to catch Kyoto's stunning leaf show. Bursts of golden yellow, burned orange hues and deep scarlet reds dot the city, attracting leaf-gazers from all over the world. If you're looking to really breathe in the crispness of fall, Kyoto won't disappoint. 

Kyoto clearly makes for an incredible autumn holiday destination.


3. Crested Butte, Colorado

Crested Butte is the northern neighbour of Gunnison: two cities that boast spectacular fall foliage. Perhaps the most breathtaking scenery comes from Colorado's famous Kebler Pass Road. Here, visitors are met with majestic mountain views and a jaw-dropping peek at the state's large swath of aspen grove.

Colourful foothills against the mountains viewed from Kebler Pass, near Crested Butte, Colorado. Photo: Susan Hoffman/Shutterstock


4. Yosemite National Park, California

One of the grandest National Parks in the United States, Yosemite is also home to sugar maple trees, which sprinkle the surrounding forest with fans of bright red colour when they peak. Areas like the Merced River offer up mirror-like reflections of towering trees set against jagged mountain sides.

Valley View, Yosemite National Park is an unmissable fall destination. Photo: f11photo/Shutterstock


5. Namsan Mountain, South Korea

With its winding trails and incredible city views, Seoul's Namsan Mountain attracts its fair share of hikers (as well as city dwellers hungry for a taste of nature). But its autumn leaves are just as alluring. Those who aren't keen on hiking can still set their sights on the area's bright yellow ginkgo trees: a cable car runs from the mountain's base all the way to the N Seoul Tower.

Seoul Tower framed by a gyeongbokgung roof and red autumn maple leaves. Photo: Guitar photographer/Shutterstock


6. The Mall in Central Park, New York City

The iconic Mall in Central Park is a gem during any season, but fall is when this famous walkway is really striking. The path is positioned under a seemingly endless row of curved elm trees, creating a glowing yellow tunnel raining with leaves that crunch underfoot.

Early morning in the fog in Central Park New York City by the bow bridge. Photo: John A. Anderson/Shutterstock


7. Westonbirt, Gloucestershire

The Westonbirt Arboretum is the ideal place to experience the majesty of fall. What better way to take it all in than by drifting through paths of cherry trees, maples, and ash. Together, they create a mix of leaves that range in colour from rusty red to golden blond. These rustic sights are sure to delight any leaf-peeper.


A Japanese Maple tree in Westonbirt Arboretum; an ideal destination for October. Photo: Martin Fowler/Shutterstock

This article was originally published on 9th September, 2016


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