Seven of The Most Beautiful Locations in the World for Fall Foliage
The change of season brings with it the most magical natural splendour of Fall foliage across the world. Our research earlier revealed that 83%* of travelers consider beautiful natural scenery to be an important factor when deciding on a destination, and Fall serves as the perfect time of year to do so. With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, we have selected some of the most stunning locations across the globe, endorsed by travelers**, to absorb the crisp air and vibrant colors of Fall if it’s safe and responsible to do so.
The gorgeous city of San Carlos lies in Argentina's Patagonia region and is a popular spot for exploring the surrounding Lake District. If you visit during Fall, you will be treated to an idyllic palette of colours, with the landscape painted in an array of greens, yellows, oranges and reds.
Where to stay: Perched on a hillside, the picturesque Charming Luxury Lodge & Private Spa consists of an outdoor pool, spa and bungalows overlooking the Nahuel Huapi Lake. Each room boasts a balcony and private hot tub, with most rooms also offering a home theatre, private spa and stone fireplace, perfect for achieving a cosy ambience during Fall.
North Conway is a charming resort town set amongst mountains and forest. Historically, millions of tourists have flocked here to admire the spectacular colours of Fall, with peak season typically occurring from late September - early October. Travelers can see this foliage through various ways such as a scenic drive, boat or for those who like an adventure, zip line.
Where to stay: Nestled in White Mountains is the charming Golden Gables Inn. The property encompasses a children’s playground and hot tub, with some rooms featuring a patio or balcony which offer magnificent mountain views. The White Mountains are known for their towering peaks and awe-inspiring scenery, perfect for admiring the various rich colours of the leaves.
With Amsterdam being one of the leafiest cities in Europe, the foliage during Fall transforms the city's parks and historic canals with hues of red, yellow and orange. Amstelpark is a recommended spot to take in the autumnal scenery, with a rose garden, Japanese garden and an orangery to explore.
Where to stay: Surrounded by a tropical forest, the Garden Suite Centre is a breath-taking apartment which includes a roof terrace and is placed above an exotic garden. The suite itself features a bedroom and spacious lounge with an open fireplace and unique high ceiling.
Visitors can marvel at the dazzling golden colours of Fall which compliment the elegant architecture of Paris, where Fall runs between early September to the end of November. The Jardin des Tuileries is one of the best spots to get swept up in the falling autumn leaves.
Where to stay: Based in the heart of Paris, the elegant Sourire Boutique Hôtel Particulier boasts a shared lounge and bar, and colorful, individually designed rooms. Its rooftop terrace serves as the ideal spot for watching the autumn leaves fall from the trees whilst dining.
Despite Fall being a short season in Russia, its wealth of natural beauty during this period makes up for it. Moscow has over fifty spots to immerse yourself in the autumn scenes, notably the apple orchards of Kolomenskoye Park which you can take a guided tour around.
Where to stay: The stylish P 17 Hotel features accommodation with a shared lounge and brightly colored rooms filled with an artistic décor. Guests can admire the foliage during Fall from its vast windows or the nearby Stoleshnikov Lane, where the Russian Golden Autumn Festival takes place, filled with pumpkins, colorful leaves, hays and lanterns.
This city on the island of Honshu has an abundance of spots to view the Fall foliage, with almost all of its temples, shrines and gardens scattered with colorful trees. The intensely red maple leaves are particularly magnificent during the period of mid-November to early December.
Where to stay: Situated in the Nakagyo Ward district, Kyonoyado Gekkoan is a well-equipped holiday home with a balcony, kitchenette, seating area and bathroom. It is full of quaint touches reminiscent of a traditional Kyoto lifestyle, such as an open-air bath, heated tatami mats and moss garden. The nearby Nijo castle has a wonderful sea of colours and ginkgo leaves in its garden during peak autumn season.
Run through the woodlands and feel your shoes crunch the autumn leaves in Keswick, a delightful market town based in the Lake District, whilst taking in the remarkable tapestry of colours as the leaves turn from green to gold. Fall is the time of year where the Keswick scenery really stands out, when many of the deciduous trees and mountains don their most vibrant shades.
Where to stay: Surrounded by fells and providing views of Derwent Water, the beautiful Dalegarth House includes an impressive garden, bar and spacious, cosy rooms, along with a shared lounge. Guests can hike or cycle to the surrounding mountains to immerse themselves in the wonders of the golden foliage.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 47,728 respondents across 28 markets (1,997 from USA, 1,987 from Canada, 1,999 from Mexico, 2,003 from Colombia, 1,996 from Brazil, 2,002 from Argentina, 1,994 from Australia, 985 from New Zealand, 1,993 from Spain, 1,993 from Italy, 1,993 from France, 1,984 from UK, 1,989 from Germany, 1,977 from Netherlands, 983 from Denmark, 986 from Sweden, 998 from Croatia, 1,997 from Russia, 999 from Israel, 1,997 from India, 1,992 from China, 991 from Hong Kong, 1,991 from Thailand, 1,977 from Singapore, 998 from Taiwan, 953 from Vietnam, 1,990 from South Korea, 1,987 from Japan). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once in the past 12 months and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in November 2020.
**Based on endorsements for Autumn Leaves, Country Walks and Beautiful Forests left on Booking.com as part of post-stay reviews.