They change colours. They change the environment and landscape. They may change your mood, and they create a new kind of tourism. It’s one of the most beautiful and stunning natural event this world can offer us, but only in a particular moment of the year. It reveals to anyone only in Autumn season and its name is “foliage”.
We are almost at the end of this period (also knows as “fall” in American and Canadian English). During the transition from summer to autumn, tree leaves change their colours, giving the landscape extraordinary colourful tones and shades. The show is so amazing that people make it a real tourism. They gather together to admire the spectacular show mother nature gives us each year. Trees get covered by relaxing and warm colours you can see only in autumn: dark green, yellow, gold, orange, red, brown, purple, ochre.
We won’t go deep into the reason why nature does such an astonishing trick. If you would like more technical information you can read here. We will focus on funny and pleasant things showing you 15 of the best and most beautiful places in the world where you can admire the mesmerizing show of the autumn foliage, from the far East to the West of the planet.
1. Kyoto, Japan
An imperial city with a breathtaking foliage.
2. Jiuzhaigou Valley, China
Jiuzhaigou lies at the southern end of the Minshan mountain range. Amidst a wonderful nature, you can find the picturesque Five Flower Lake, the Sleeping Dragon Lake or the Sparkling Lake – just to mention a few – and the show is granted.
3. Białowieża Forest, Poland
This is the most ancient primeval forest across Europe.
4. Hallstatt, Austria
This village is so spectacular that even Chinese people have created a copy of it. In a breath-taking mountain setting, this place is rich of nature and one of the UNESCO World Heritage.
5. Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
It’s been given with that name because trees look black from a distance, but in autumn they are not dark at all.
6. Dörflingen, canton of Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Much of the canton is productive agricultural land, and is the northernmost canton of Switzerland.
7. Lake Tovel, Val di Non, Trentino, northern Italy
This is an amazingly beautiful mountain lake, popular among tourists. Leaves reflections are a must-see thing you don’t want to miss when you go there.
8. Funes/Villnöss Valley, Dolomites, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Italy
Peace, relax, a lot of environmentally-friendly activities and the amazing view of landscapes and colours will be waiting for you. Can you imagine something better?
9. Casentinesi Forests National Park, Italy
Extraordinarily rich in flora and fauna, this is a large forest area between Arezzo, Florence and Forli-Cesena, yet one of the largest areas of forest in Europe.
10. Alsace, France
Located in north-eastern France, this is a cultural and historical region alongside Switzerland and Germany. This place offers a generous and abundant natural environment, enhanced by a perfect climate and exceptional geography.
11. Central Park, New York City, USA
One of the most famous parks in the world, and a man-made wonder, Central Park is set in the middle of Manhattan. A safe haven for artists, athletes, tourists, birds and nature. An astounding foliage show along with nearly 50 fountains, monuments, sculptures, and 36 bridges and arches.
12. Boston, Massachusetts, USA
You won’t find only history, art and culture in this New England city. Nature and leaf colours are equally attractive and the images prove it.
13. Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont, USA
Extending for 400,000 acres in south-western and central Vermont, this place astonishes the visitors with a striking landscape made of rugged mountain peaks, extremely beautiful villages and stunning colours.
14. Lanaudiere, Québec, Canada
Welcome to the place where culture and the surrounding natural environment live in perfect harmony. During the autumn season the place enchants everyone with a burst of colours, aroma and flavour.
15. Morningstar Mill, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
A picturesque heritage site located at Decew Falls. The site backs onto the Bruce Trail, and is a popular picnic and photo location for residents and visitors.
Do you love autumn colours? What’s the place you like most? Which one would you add to the list?