A Traveller’s Guide To Autumnal Foliage at its Finest


From mid-September to early December, the Koyo Front moves slowly southward in Japan. Koyo is the name given to the colourful leaves at this time of year, and they are as important to the Japanese autumn as cherry blossoms are to the spring. Head to Hokkaido, Tokyo, Tohoku, and Kyoto as these are considered koyo hotspots. You can see a definitive list of places to go at Japan Guide.


Leaf-peeping. That is what they call appreciating autumn leaves in Quebec, Canada, a place renowned for its colourful foliage from September into November. Yellows, golds, oranges and fiery reds create a kaleidoscope of colour all across Canadian forests. If your French is up to scratch, you can find out the best places to visit at this time of year here.


Who could forget the good old UK as an autumnal hotspot? The Cotswolds is tipped as a timely place to take a trip in autumn as tourist numbers are down, and the area has returned to its former sleepy self. There are oodles of fabulous walks in the Cotswolds, conveniently broken up by country pubs with warm fires and homemade food!


With 50 states to explore, offering a mix of National Parks and State Forests to visit, the United States of America is a great place to take in the colours of autumn. To help you plan your Technicolor adventure, check out this handy state-by-state guide to fall colours, it contains information on the best times to visit and what colours you can expect to see when you get there.


In southern Germany, the ever-changing shades of the Alpine forests in autumn look stunning against the snow-dusted mountain backdrop.  The Romantic Road will take you on a 224 mile journey through stunning landscapes, and if you time it right, you may well stumble across the odd wine festival or two at this time of year!


The terraced vineyards of Portugal’s Douro River Valley are cloaked in colour during autumn. The best way to experience the stunning views is to take to the water. Cruises are available to book along the 125-mile stretch that passes through the wine region in northern Portugal.

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