10 Spectacular Fall Foliage Destinations Around The World

From the four seasons, Autumn is my favorite season. The fall weather is perfect for exploring – not too hot, yet not too cold either. In October with most schools are on mid-term break, and with fewer crowds and lower prices, it makes a great time to take a road trip, go camping, or hike in the mountains. But for me, the best part of autumn is fall foliage.

What is Fall Foliage?

To really appreciate the wonders of Fall Foliage you need to understand how it works.

All leaves contain a green pigment called chlorophyll which is instrumental in photosynthesis. This is the process in which energy from sunlight, along with carbon dioxide and water is used to make sugars that feed the plant, resulting in green foliage.

Now over time, the chlorophyll breaks down, but during the growing season (spring and summer) it is continually replaced.

What causes Fall Foliage?

A couple of things actually.

Firstly, we have the carotenoids (Yellow foliage and orange foliage pigments) that are in the leaf are unmasked as chlorophyll levels decline.

Then we have the anthocyanins or red foliage and purple foliage pigments that develop in late summer and fall due to external stress such as the first frost. The more anthocyanins, the more brilliant the red foliage will be.

Leaves with a variety of chlorophyll levels create a mosaic of color on the hillsides. This is Fall.

Here’s my list of spectacular fall foliage destinations around the world one must visit!

Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto is considered the cultural capital of Japan and is a major tourist destination. It features Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, palaces and gardens but the real showstopper is its fall foliage. The bright red leaves will take your breath away.

The bright red leaves of Kyoto, Japan

Paris, France

Paris, France in the Autumn

A great time to visit Paris is in the fall. Not because it’s cheaper or less crowded but because it is even more beautiful than in summer! Enjoy the Palais-Royal Garden or Versailles with a backdrop of fall scenery. Guaranteed to give you breathtaking photos!

Budapest, Hungary

Known as the “City of Baths” thanks to the numerous natural spas, Budapest offers plenty of excuses to unwind in the thermal baths. During autumn, the city comes alive with vibrant colors and making Budapest the perfect place for enjoying a fall hike.

City of Baths a.k.a Budapest in the fall

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Castle Neuschwanstein in Autumn

Formerly a private refuge to King Ludwig II, this castle inspired Disney’s, Cinderella Castle. Neuschwanstein, already one of the most visited palaces in the world looks even more magical surrounded by autumn hues.

Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany is known for its landscapes, history, artistic legacy and its vineyards. It is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance but it also home to stunning fall colors.

The Vineyards of Tuscany in Autumn

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Washington D.C., USA

The vibrant colours of fall foliage at the nation's capital

Washington D.C. is the perfect east coast destination with its cherry blossoms and historical significance in the summer. But is also an excellent fall destination. Enjoy the nation’s capital when it’s ablaze in hues of red.

Check the fall foliage map as it will get you where you want to go just in time to see the colors at their peak.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Other than being an ultimate spring break destination for families, Amsterdam is also splendid in the fall. Enjoy a bike tour or explore the many canals surround by its bright yellow fall foliage. It is so breathtaking you won’t even care that it only has around nine hours of daylight during autumn.

The canals of Amsterdam lined with yellow of fall foliage

Central Park @New York, USA

Enjoy the colours of fall at Central Park in NYC

While New York City offers different ways to enjoy the city, whether it be with the kids, or enjoying Christmas festivities, the fall season is often overlooked.

Central Park blesses “the concrete jungle” with a plethora of colorful hues every fall — 843 acres of it to be exact. Featured in too many movies to count, it’s one of the most filmed locations in the world.

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The Highlands, Scotland

The Scottish Highlands offer some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery and are even more breathtaking in the fall. Fall is also the best time to spot wildlife such as red deer, grey seals, barnacle geese, and swans.

The Highlands in Scotland during Autumn

Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada in the fall

Mid to end of September is the absolute best time to see fall foliage as it spreads across Quebec, dotting it with vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow.

Pack your bags and enjoy the fall scenery!

Be sure to travel this autumn to see the splendor for yourself, because the season is fleeting but such an incredible sight to see!

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