5 destinations to see the autumn leaves change
One of the best things about the changing of the seasons is that the leaves turn with them – the vibrant hues of red, yellow and orange on the trees make the bite in the air all the more bearable, and the crunch of the fallen leaves underfoot offers the perfect soundtrack on an afternoon stroll.
If you want to get away this autumn, here are five of the best destinations around the world to see the autumn leaves change…
The Alpine forests in Southern Germany are incredibly beautiful in the autumn, and the colours against the backdrop o the snowcapped mountains in the distance make for some stunning photographs. To make the most of this region take a drive on the Romantic Road – the 224-mile stretch of road begins in the Franconia wine region and then winds past some of the most beautiful medieval towns in the region, including the charming Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Dinkelsbühl.
Douro Valley, Portugal
As the seasons change visitors get a welcome respite from the intense summer heat that makes sightseeing difficult. For the best autumn colours, go to Northern Portugal – the stunning Douro River Valley is transformed into an incredible canvas of red, orange and yellow. The terraced vineyards that make this part of the world famous are still open preparing for winter, offering visitors a warming glass of the local port. For a more relaxed adventure, take a cruise along the Duomo River and appreciate the foliage from another view.
Forest of Dean, England
Gloucestershire’s ancient woodland was once used to make Tudor warships, and the mix of oak, beech and sweet chestnut trees offer a stunning array of yellow and gold tones. The trails are perfect for long walks and bike rides through to admire the landscapes, while attractions like Perrygrove Railway and the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure are great activities if you want a family day out with a little more excitement.
California’s famous Sonoma County is at its brilliant best in the autumn – the vineyards of Sonoma Valley are a great place to start your tour, and the towering oak and maple trees mean there are bright colours streaming out from everywhere you look. The vineyards in the nearby Russian River Valley are no less impressive, and in October the squash harvests mean you can sample some incredible meals along the way.
The deciduous trees of Pitlochry in Perthshire offer incredible beauty closer to home. Just outside the town the dam and fish ladder have incredible waterside views as the trees shed their leaves. In October you can also visit the famous Enchanted Forest; this nightly music and light show takes visitors on a magical walk through woods – just remember to bundle up!
Where are your favourite destinations to see the autumn colours?
Silversurfers Features Editor
Latest posts by Silversurfers Features Editor (see all)
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!