Best Places To Travel For Fall Foliage

As 2020 continues to rush by, summer is beginning to wane. Those blistering hot temps will soon be making way for something a bit more temperate. Around the globe, trees will be starting to change from verdant shades of green to riotous displays of oranges, reds, and yellows. Most places with gorgeous fall foliage displays usually see the peak of their colors around October. And while that might yet be a month or so away, it’s never too early to plan. If you wanna escape and see some breathtakingly colorful trees, here are the top spots to do so.

Kyoto, Japan

We’re willing to bet you didn’t expect to see Japan on this list. Even though the country is well known for its stunning cherry blossoms, you don’t often hear about how beautiful it is in fall. Kyoto in-particular is especially gorgeous. Locals even engage in “monijigari” in November, which translates to “red leaf hunting”.

There are fall foliage tours that depart from Kyoto, Osaka, Sapporo, Nagoya, and Tokyo. Various gardens, temples, and trails are so alive with color that you’re sure to be amazed. For those who are more night-owls, there are even night tours where the trees are lit up so their leaves can still be marveled at.

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I am putting this fall view on my bucket-list and so should you! . I love Japan and I will keep searching for reasons to go back. I found a compelling one. The fall colours at the Rurikoji Temple! This temple is about 2 hours north-east of Kyoto so does not fall within the usual tourist circuits. The 5 storey pagoda temple sits in the middle of the most serene forest. People are allowed inside the temple only twice in a year. Once when the new leaves of spring are bursting and another during the fall. On the second floor of the pagoda there are large windows. And there are highly polished marble tables. The surface catches the reflection of the foliage and the resulting pictures are as this one taken by @daisukephotography 🙏🏻 At @this_is_panacheworld some of the most challenging itineraries we have created have been in Japan The clients have also always come back transformed! Can we ever do justice to this most beautiful country? I keep finding new gems every now and then and think – never!! . . . . . #rurikointemple #fallcolors #autumn #japan #autumninjapan #kyotofall #kyotofallfoliage #japantemple #panacheworld #reflection #visitjapan #cherryblossom #tokyo #travelgram #wanderer #girlswhotravel #traveldesigner #travelawesome #travelling #traveladdict #travellerspursuit #travelpicsoftheday #wanderful_places #wanderland #autumnleaves #asia

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Bavaria, Germany

So many parts of Germany are absolutely stunning in fall. In fact, hopping a train through the countryside is sure to offer up a veritable multi-colored feast for the eyes. But, top marks definitely go to Bavaria, thanks in no small part to Neuschwanstein Castle. The castle does take a bit of effort to get to, but it’s well worth it in any season. However, in the fall, you might be glad for the bit of a trek as it will give you ample time to ooh and ahhh over the gorgeous fall scenery. There’s also plenty of scenic local trails in the area, too.

Scottish Highlands, UK

This location might be another surprise on our fall foliage list. There’s something about this part of the world that is positively ethereal. It’s like you’ve stepped into a whole other world, not just another country. Even though the Highlands are spectacular all decked out in green, the tableau somehow becomes all the more impressive in fall. The warm and rusty colors of the season don’t just creep into the trees, but along the ground as well.

Blue Ridge Parkway, USA

During fall, several places in the US are famous for the fall foliage. Basically any state from North Carolina up the eastern side of the country has some gorgeous trees on display. But, the fabled Blue Ridge Parkway is high on many a “Great American Road Trip” bucket list.

The parkway extends for 750 kms and has plenty of spots to explore along the way. On your drive, you’ll see brilliant leaves on dogwoods, poplars, maples, and many other types of hardwood trees. The word “scenic” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Totally worth doing at least once in your life.

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