The Best Places in the World to Watch the Leaves Change

Nature’s palette of colours is never more vibrant than in the Autumn, as summer’s greenery bursts into brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow. This can also be the perfect excuse for a getaway, exploring those corners of the world where the changing of the seasons really is a beauty to behold. Here are a few ideas.

The Cabot Trail

Canada

Of course Canada, the home of the maple tree, must feature on any list of Autumn beauty. The Cabot Trail is a 186 mile highway through Nova Scotia popular with outdoors adventurers, during the autumn months the vast landscape bursts into life under a blanket of red and orange.

New York

USA

Billie Holiday sang it best: ‘Autumn in New York, why does it seem so inviting?’ A walk through one of the city’s metropolitan parks in the crisp autumn air, surrounded by falling leaves from copper to purple, is New York at its best. It’s no wonder they wrote a song about it.

Lombardy

Italy

There’s no better time to visit the northern Italian countryside than in Autumn, when the area’s famous poplar trees turn golden yellow before shedding their leaves. Just a short drive from Milan, the breathtaking Alpine landscape is rich with towering columns of foliage skirting natural lakes. Perfect for a couples getaway.

Kyoto

Japan

Although famed for its cherry blossom season in Spring, Japan is every bit as beautiful in the Autumn. The area around Kyoto, Japan’s former capital, is particularly renowned for the waves of deep red which decorate its elegant temples and gardens come November.

Buckinghamshire

UK

Boasting 220-hectares of stunning ancient woodland, Burnham Beeches is an autumnal paradise waiting to be explored. Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, The Princess Bride, and movies in the Harry Potter series have all been filmed here, and at only 25 miles from London it’s ideal for day tripping leaf-spotters.

Hraunfossar Waterfalls

Iceland

To associate Iceland with only the coldest months would do a disservice to the rustic charm this incredible land has to offer during Autumn. The Hraunfossar Waterfalls are a series of cascading natural springs in the west of the country, which take on an otherworldly appearance when the surrounding leaves turn orange, drawing in visitors from across the island and beyond each year.