The scorching summer days are finally coming to an end, giving way to the glorious fall season in vast stretches of North America, Europe, and Asia. Also known as autumn, most of us nature lovers eagerly await the fall season thanks of its myriad hues of warm colours that will soon cover the sweeping expanse of North American and European wilderness and their famous national parks will be seen bathed in shades of red, yellow, orange and more. We give you a glimpse into the year’s most colourful season that offers the northerners a respite, a glimmer of hope and happiness before the arrival of the long, cold, snowy winters.
This fall, pick your favourite destination and don’t forget to bring your cameras to capture the sheer beauty of the fall colours. Check out the best places on this planet where you can revel in the beauty of fall season.
Kyoto, the ‘City of Ten Thousand Shrines’, is a magical place, especially during the fall season as the entire city is bathed in shades of red, yellow, green, among other colours. However, the fall colours are not its sole attractions, come spring; Kyoto gets blanketed by shades of pink, purple and fuchsia, during the world famous Cherry Blossom festival. Kyoto in Honshu Island of Japan blends traditional Japanese architecture and culture and fuses it perfectly with the magical colours of nature to be the number one destination in fall season.
New England, USA
When it comes to the fall season, nothing beats United States’ New England region. Pristine landscape and national parks tends to magnify its beauty during the fall season. The myriad shades of scarlet, purple, ochre and gold tends to stupefy even the seasoned photographers to capture its real beauty. New England is too magical and no high definition photographs can do justice to its sheer beauty, a once in your lifetime experience.
Agawa Canyon, Canada
Agawa Canyon lies deep in the thinly populated north-eastern part of Ontario in Canada and is only accessible either by hiking trails or the Algoma Central Railway. The isolated and pristine Agawa Canyon and its vast wilderness turns completely colourful especially during the fall season and is best admired with a special ride in the highly revered Agawa Canyon Tour Train.
Forest of Dean, England
Forest of Dean, part of Gloucestershire County, played a key role during the reign of the Tudors in England. The trees from the forests were used to carve woods for the naval forces. Today, this beautifully protected forest is a popular spot to soak in the beauty of fall colours. Oak, chestnut and beech trees add a rusty tinge of brown in the fall colours of yellow and gold. The forest can be easily covered on foot or bike and is a photographers’ delight.
Loire Valley, France
Loire Valley, renowned for some of the finest French wines and châteaux is one of the key UNESCO World Heritage sites of France. However, fall season seems to end the tourist flow along with the usual touristy commerce and highlights it’s true, rustic nature. The vineyards and fabled farms shed their leaves and paint the landscape in beautiful fall colours. It’s also the time of harvest, so sit back in a warm and cosy barn or a heritage châteaux, sip the finest wine and eat fresh cheese and simply revel in the colourful landscape.
The Lombardy region in Northern Italy is one of the most visited and popular regions of the country and is famous for its capital, Milan. Lombardy, renowned for its cuisine, wines, world heritage sites, museums, music and fashion, appears different from its typical image during the fall. The countryside and charming Italian towns are filled with magical fall colours which tends to get magnified with ample sunlight alongwith the festive local spirits.
The Bavaria region of Germany is renowned for its stunning castles, picturesque old towns and legendary beer and wine festivals. The region lies in the beautiful alpine landscape and is filled with serene forests and lakes. Bavaria seems a magical land during the fall season, as colours of autumn fill the fields, creating a perfect setting for its several food and wine festivals in its charming cities of Augsburg, Ingolstadt, Nuremburg including the world famous Oktoberfest in Munich.
The mystical land of Transylvania, the land of Count Dracula is a place steeped in legend, quirky traditions and practices in a land dominated by medieval castles, mysterious forests and mountains. However, unknown to the world, the fall season tends to lift the veil of the Count Dracula’s spells and livens-up the land with several farm festivals. As you soak in the delectable food and wine celebration of Transylvania, don’t forget to enjoy a drive through the Fagaras Mountains filled in stunning fall colours.
Pitlochry in Scotland is an amazing destination filled with charming Scottish towns and villages, crystal clear valleys and hills. The autumn landscape of Pitlochry seems surreal and is a magical work of nature. Throw in some Victorian architecture, heritage railway and the typical Scottish charm and traditions, you have a wonderful and memorable fall destination.
Jiuzhaigou Valley, China
China’s Jiuzhaigou Valley in Sichuan province is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a World Biosphere Reserve. This beautiful and complex natural park is a protected area for many precious flora and fauna and looks at its best during the fall season. In the months of autumn, hues of red, orange and green enhances the appeal of deep blue lakes, colourful Tibetan villages and rainbow colours of the prayer flags.