Autumn is undoubtedly a magical season and one where millions of people travel to picturesque places all around the world to view the greatest show that nature creates: autumn foliage. With stunning hues of red, orange, and yellow, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to capture the beautiful colours that this season brings. Officially ending on 21st December, you’ve got plenty of time to plan those autumn escapes that allow you to witness incredible fall foliage.
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
New York may be known as the city that never sleeps, but autumn (or fall) gives a whole new dimension to this iconic city. Central Park, 843 acres of it to be exact, is awash with shades of crimson and auburn, but for those who want to experience autumn a little bit farther away, simply take a 20-minute train ride to the New York Botanical Garden via the Grand Central Terminal. Here you will find 250 acres of autumnal leaves in vibrant oranges, crimsons and golds.
WESTONBIRT, THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM, COTSWOLDS
Seventeen miles of woodland with some 15,000 trees (2,500 species) from across the globe reside on the Victorian Westonbirt Estate, just three miles from the market town of Tetbury, Gloucestershire. In the autumn the sights are simply outstanding, and visitors can enjoy a treetop walk as they marvel at fiery shades and staggering beauty. This incredible arboretum will impress adults and children alike, and there are even dog-friendly zones your pup will love to explore. Its Cotswolds location is also scattered with picturesque B&Bs offering the quintessential British break you need.
Autumn is one of the best times of the year to visit Paris, one of Europe’s most romantic cities, because it's more affordable, less crowded, and possibly even more beautiful than other times of the year. Some of the best places in Paris to see autumn foliage are Jardin du Luxembourg, Places des Vosges, Jardin des Tuileries, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, and Parc Monceau.
Japan's cherry blossoms are famous all over the world, but the red maple leaves make Kyoto’s historical sites including temples, shrines and beautiful gardens even more magical. Some of the best viewing spots include Japan’s largest and oldest zen temple, Tofukuji, and also Kiyomizudera Temple which is best known for its large wooden terrace and the magnificent view of the temple complex.
Budapest is in full bloom in autumn and the warm colours of gold, amber and red enhance its beauty even more. Begin your autumn trip 235 metres high on Gellert Hill, which overlooks the Danube river, then head to the beautiful Castle District. Finish by walking along the Danube bank to Margaret Island, the most beautiful and peaceful park in Budapest. If you want to head to the highest point in Budapest, take a hike 528 metres high to János Hill.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Prague gradually becomes more and more colourful during autumn, with the leaves on the trees turning a rich palette of yellows, oranges, and reds. Plus, there are less crowds and you can witness the golden hue shine across its magnificent castles, gothic churches and beautiful bridges. For breath-taking views of the fall foliage, take a trip to the top of Petrin Hill at 318 metres high or walk through Kampa Island.
With more than 400,000 trees along the canal banks, Amsterdam is one of the leafiest cities in Europe, and this means it’s the perfect destination. The city's canals and parks are transformed by golden leaves, so whether you want to take a bike tour or explore by foot, Amsterdam's bright yellow fall foliage will take your breath away!
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