As the heated summer adventures becomes a distant memory, autumn awaits with more activities and places to be explored. With the days becoming shorter and cooler, it’s time to turn over a new leaf and chase the beautiful colors of fall.
1. Forest of Dean, England
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Some may know Forest of Dean from Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, where crucial chapters are set. With miles of tracks and paths to explore, England’s oldest oak forest is beautiful all year long, but the autumnal colors particularly bring the place to life. Trekking and hiking activities are perfect during the fall season, and you can do that on foot or on a bike. Dean Heritage Centre, which comprises of a museum that tracks the history of the forest, is a good place to start your journey.
2. Hokkaido, Japan
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There’s no better place to admire the autumn foliage than in Japan, and Hokkaido is one of the best places to catch the magnificent sight. Arguably more iconic than the hanami (cherry blossoms viewing), Japanese koyo (autumn colors) will leave you at loss for words. Mountain slopes, grounds at the public parks, riverbanks and streets are all colored with the reds, yellows, oranges and browns of deciduous trees.
3. Québec City, Canada
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Every autumn, Québec City comes alive and dazzles the visitors with the phenomenal blaze of fall colours. The historical buildings and narrows alleyways in the heart of the city gleam in the golden sunlight. With the summer sun still out and the coldness of winter is yet to arrive, autumn is the best season to head outdoors or countryside and spend time with your loved ones exploring the Canadian nature. Most of Québec’s national parks also offer family-friendly autumn activities.
4. Loire Valley, Italy
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Is there a better way to welcome fall than admiring the changing leaves colours set against the backdrop of a châteaux, while sipping a glass of white wine? Stretching over 800 sq kilometres, Loire Valley is referred to as the Garden of France due to the abundance of vineyards, fruit orchards and several vegetable fields lining up the Loire River banks. The autumn weather is perfect for strolling and exploring all the châteaux. Besides, Loire Valley is a lot more peaceful and quiet with the summer tourists gone.
5. Engadine Valley, Switzerland
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Nothing announces the arrival of the autumn season quite as dramatically as the “striking red, glimmering gold and burnt orange” leaves of the trees in Engadine Valley. With the hiking trails being free of summer crowds and the slopes of Alpine being covered in autumnal colours, this is the best time to visit Switzerland. Some of the ski lifts run all year long, perfect for those who don’t feel like hiking or wish to get a bird’s eye view of the are, it’s a good option. You can also take the Muottas Muragl funicular.
6. Hraunfossar, Iceland
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Iceland boasts of many surreal treasures of stunning landscapes. Hraunfossar, the series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming out of Hallmundarhraun lava field is one. The water that comes from Langjökull glacier, Iceland’s second largest glacier, flows and pours into Hvítá river through the ledges of less porous rock in the lava. Hraunfossar’s autumn colours are pretty subtle compared to other regions, but the soft blushes of vermillion and amber give the place a magical touch.
7. Seoul, South Korea
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As the temperature drops and colour changes, Seoul leaves the summer fun behind and turns into a chic city. Dotted with trees that turn flamboyant shades of red, orange and yellow with modern skyscrapers as the backdrop, it feels like you’ve stepped into a completely different city. Asan Gingko Tree Road, a long avenue lined with towering gingko tree which leaves turn golden yellow in fall, is the epitome of an autumn scenery.
8. Hanoi, Vietnam
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Hanoi slows down their pace as the days gets colder, making the place perfect for a short break from the busy everyday life to catch your breath. The Old Quarter, featuring winding narrow alleyways surrounding ancient houses which retain the 19th century style, is peppered with colours of chrysanthemum. The Vietnamese people also celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Children’s Festival, which takes place on the 15th of the 8th month in Lunar Calendar.
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