While it is not uncommon to schedule trips around the changing seasons, the summer sun and winter snow usually inspire the most travel. However, with a decrease in tourism and prices, fall can also be a beautiful time to explore a new country! Today we have a short guide to some of the most beautiful destinations to admire fall colours!
There are few places that are as cozy and iconic as Vermont in the fall. Here, the ‘Green Mountain State’, quickly transforms into shades of fiery red and sunset orange. Escaping the magic of fall’s changing colours is virtually impossible, as natural spaces are incredibly well preserved here. The fall colours also seep into the town’s culture, as different festivals are scattered throughout the state in October. Ranging from the Fall Foliage Festival in Marlboro to the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival in Tunbridge, there is something for everyone. Some other attractions this time of year include a trip to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill to indulge in fresh cider and donuts. Taking a tour to meet the cows at the Von Trapp lodge is also worth a detour.
While London is known for its gloomy, romantic scenery year-round, the fall leaves inspire a different kind of warmth throughout the city. Walking down Baker street and Abbey road with a piping hot cup of tea is one way to get into the fall spirit, so grab your favourite warm coat, and a wool scarf and hit the town! While exploring the city, stop for an afternoon picnic in Holland park. The Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey is also a beautiful spot to escape the bustling rhythm of the city. The park is accessible by car, train, or bus, and visitors can partake in various scheduled events from pumpkin carving to autumn colour strolls. The fall season is also an incredibly whimsical time to explore the city’s museums and haunted spots. And of course, a trip to London would not be complete without spending a cozy evening or two with a pint in a local pub.
If a taste of the fall in London simply isn’t enough, extend your trip and head north to enchanting Edinburgh! The stoic and historic architecture is only amplified by the dramatic fall landscape—coming to life in hues of gold and burgundy. Evidently, seeing Edinburgh castle is non-negotiable. Here, visitors can take a tour of the castle as well as spend time enjoying a cup of tea at the Tea Room.
For those looking to explore the city on foot, booking a walking tour with Mercat Tours is a great way to learn more about Edinburgh’s history. Ghost tours are also available for anyone interested in all things macabre. Lastly, the Samhuinn Fire Festival, Edinburgh’s annual Halloween celebration, is also highly recommended. The festival is hosted by the Beltane Fire Society and displays a spectacular array of storytelling and folklore.
Referred to as the Venice of the North, Bruges is considered one of the most romantic cities in the world, and the splendour of the fall colours only adds to the charm. Curving along the canal, the fall leaves and cobblestones paint a picturesque view at every turn. The fall crowds are also significantly smaller than during the summer, making it ideal for those that enjoy a bit more privacy. To get a feel for the culture, visitors can cruise along the canal past gardens and medieval buildings… and climbing up the Belfry bell tower also promises breathtaking landscapes.
Last but not least, one cannot speak about fall colours without mentioning the marvel that awaits travellers in Kyoto. While the city is renowned for its iconic pink cherry blossoms, the fall brings about a new bloom of colour. Deep shades of red engulf the peaceful town, making it one of Japan’s most beloved autumn destinations. The Kiyomizudera temple, in central Kyoto, is one of the most popular sites to see the fall leaves. The view from the balcony attracts travellers from all over the world, and the nighttime viewings are also exquisite. For those looking for a more rural experience, a trip to Arashiyama in western Kyoto is highly encouraged.
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By: Briahna McTigue