Autumn is the perfect season to go around, backpack and comfortable shoes, to see the leaves changing colour. From green to yellow, from red to brown, these are the colours of the leaves before the winter comes. Here are 10 great places to admire fall foliage. What are you waiting for? Come with us to discover the foliage and plan a trip for visiting those places!
Best places to see foliage in Italy
Sila National Park, Calabria
For its extensive vegetation, Sila National Park is called The Great Wood of Italy. In fact, this area offers a variety of plants that you cannot see in other areas, such as silane pine, beech and fir.
Must sees are The Giants Fallistro, 53 plants: 5 maple trees of about 450 years old and larch trees with trunks up to 6 meters in diameter. If you want to ride a horse, we suggest you to take a stroll on horseback, there is a road for horses about 100 km long around the park.
Val di Non, Trentino Alto Adige
If you are fond of apples, you’re in the right place. The Val di Non is famous for apples; wild apple trees leaves take various colours from yellow to red and brown in autumn – just wonderful! We suggest you to go there during the second weekend of October because of Pomaria, the famous apple harvest festival.
Another place where you can admire the foliage in Val di Non is the Tovel lake. Fun fact: once, the lake was also red because of the presence of an alga. Sit on the shore of the lake, you will love the view.
Hills of Montefalco, Umbria
Montefalco is one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Here the vineyards turn red and in some cases even purple during fall. We recommend you to come here by motorbike to better admire the view, but if you’re not keen on it, going by car is also fine as long as you lower the windows. Remember to taste some good wine here, the area is well known for it!
Courmayeur, Valle d’Aosta
The green of the conifers that blends with the yellow maples, red, orange and bronze broadleaf trees will leave you speechless. Visit these places when there is no snow yet, rent a mountain bike and zip through the woods. And if you love the snow and the cold, go to Val Ferret and Val Veny where you can admire both the colours of autumn and the glaciers. These views are so beautiful that if you go there only during the ski season you will miss a show of colours that has no equal. If you go there during fall we can bet you’ll come back anyway even for skiing instead. 😉
Best places to see foliage in Europe and the rest of the world
One of the greenest capitals of Europe, if you’ve never been there, this is the best time to visit Berlin. It’s not too cold and you can admire the colour of the leafs in the several parks of this city. First of all, go to Lindenstraße 9-14 where the Jüdischen Museum is – in front of it, there’s a small, lovely beech! Even by just walking around the city, you can see buildings covered with red-coloured ivy. To enjoy the best foliage howevr, we recommend a 2km walk at sunset from Spreebogenpark to Tiergarten.
In Tokyo, the foliage is known as Koyo and is mainly characterized by the Red Momijigari, the renowned Japanese maple. After visiting Tokyo, we suggest you to also wander through the surroundings, especially Nikko city and Lake Chuzenji shore. Not far from Tokyo, about two and a half hours by public transportation and one hour and a half by car, there’s the Kawaguchi Lake. This lake will amaze you like no other, do you know why? There’s the Fuji Mountain in the background! Can you imagine such a wonder?
New York, United States
In many American films and TV series you can see the foliage in New York. You can even find organized tours along the Hudson River to admire the changing colours of the leaves. In particular, in Central Park, there are must see areas such as the Literary Walk and The Ramble with its trees of 1859. Even the surrounding area as the Belvedere Castle is well worth a stroll in Central Park for seeing the black Tupelo trees. You don’t need an an excuse to visit New York of course, but if you’re planning a trip, the information in this article will help you choose the right time for your visit.
District Lake National Park, United Kingdom
Ocher and purple, these are the colours of the bushes in the District Lake National Park, between England and Scotland. Not only trees, then!
If you are fond of English poetry, you should absolutely go to the places that inspired Wordsworth such as Rydal Water Lake and Cumbria Mountains. Keep an eye on the site of the park and book a nice walk in the woods to admire the colours of this beautiful land.
Ahornboden is considered one of the most beautiful places in the Alps. With its thousands maple trees, it offers stunning scenery throughout the year; the best time for us is the Autumn when the entire valley is red. We suggest you to go in September or October ans explore this place on foot or by bicycle. Backpack and camera, ready to shoot: do not miss this magical place.
In the west of Ireland, Connemara could not be missed in the top ten great places to admire fall foliage. Those regions that are cold and harsh in winter, become sweet and romantic in autumn. Everything about the colours red and yellow take over. This is an area of lakes and moors whose colours change as light changes and clouds pass by. Not to be missed.
Have you chosen already where you will be spending your weekend among autumn colours? Start planning your next trip then!