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?