You will not have the bright colors of spring, nor the carefree days of summer, but theautumn is a season that is truly full of surprises. One of all? The foliage, the spectacle of nature that changes colour, and tinged the landscape with romantic shades that go from yellow-gold to orange to red.
And if you have already enjoyed the 5 best places to admire the foliage in Italy, here are 7 of the most popular destinations around the world.
- Kyoto, Japan
- Rocky Mountains National Park, United States
- Bavaria, Germany
- The valley of Jiuzhaigou, China
- Pitlochry, Scotland
- Bukhansan National Park, South Korea
- El Chaltén, Argentina
The first destination to enjoy the magic of foliage that could not be the Japan. More specifically, the city of Kyoto. We all know, in fact, the wonders ofhanami, when the cherry blossoms of the rising sun, the flowers bloom, soaking up the atmosphere of a delicate pink color. What few know, however, that the autumn gives a performance equally unique: the one of the maple trees, between October and November take on many shades from yellow to red.
Also in this case, the japanese – who like to contemplate nature, have coined over the years, a custom: the Momijigari, the ancient ritual of the origins of the aristocracy, which literally means “hunting of the maple” and, more in general, “hunting for autumn leaves”.
But what are the best places to admire it? Obviously can not miss the characteristic buddhist temples, typical of the city of Kyoto. Among these we recommend a visit to the temples of the Tofuku-Ji temple and Kiyomizu-dera temple (to the south of the Higashiyama district) and Eikan-Do (north of Higashiyama, near the Path of the Philosopher). Not to be missed, then, the garden of the Tenryu-ji temple, which is located in the picturesque area of Arashiyama, where you can also find beautiful bamboo forest.
Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado, United States
The Colorado, the land of the rocky mountains and the home of the Native Americans – that remained here for more than 13 thousand years – is a federal state located in the center of the United States of America. In its mountainous region is the Rocky Mountains National Park.
Open every day of the year, 24 hours on 24, is one of the most popular parks of America and covers a total area of more than 1,000 km2. And it is precisely here, in the heart of his nature, that it is possible to contemplate the spectacle of the foliage in all its magnificence. Between September and October – just before the winter ski season begins – the leaves of the quaking aspen trees take on a beautiful golden-yellow color that stains the backs of the mountains.
In addition to the many hiking trails that branch off along the park, there are three scenic roads passable even in a car or by taking advantage of the local shuttles:
- the Old Fall River Road: the first road built in the 1920’s that follows the ancient path taken by the natives. Closed to traffic from 1 October.
- the Trail Ridge Road: the paved road, the most high of all the United States, with 80 km of hairpin bends and pitches with panoramic view. Open to the circulation only until the first Monday of September.
- the Bear Lake Road, one of the most frequented by tourists, and – unfortunately – also the only passable in the winter – except for rare exceptions for very heavy precipitation.
Those are the colors of the autumn you want to combine an atmosphere that is nothing short of fairy-tale will be in the Bavaria German is the ideal destination. Of course, we speak of the castle of Neuschwanstein, the castle of fairy tales par excellence, famous all over the world from Walt Disney that took it as inspiration for the animated film “The sleeping beauty in the woods”.
Built from 1869 on the project of the designer Chiristan Jank – and at the behest of Ludwig II of Bavaria – today the castle dominates its 965 meters the surrounding scenery, which in autumn takes on an extra charm thanks to the colors of the forest below, which place him in a setting nothing short of unique. The best point to admire it is the bridge of Mary (Marienbrücke), suspended over the gorge of Pöllat. At his feet, instead – and all around – stretching mountains, and lakes, among which that of Alpsee. From Neuschwanstein, the council is to continue to visit the countries of Füssen and Schwangau and Hohenschwangau castle, which are all part of the famous Romantische Straße, the famous “Romantic Road” of Germany.
The valley of Jiuzhaigou, China
Lakes, rivers, waterfalls, pristine forests: the Valley of Jiuzhaigou, in China – in the province of Sichuan – is a paradise virgin, populated by a flora and a fauna very varied, of which about 220 species of plants and some specimens of endangered animals (like the giant panda). Declared Patrimony of the Humanity dall’UNESCO, this nature reserve got its name – Jiuzhaigou literally means “valley of nine villages” – to the 9 tibetan villages that once existed along the valley, many of which are now disappeared or almost entirely uninhabited.
A natural spectacle in autumn reveals all of its splendor thanks to the leaves of the trees that take on the characteristics of colour from yellow to red and glitter, like brush strokes, in the turquoise waters and the green of its numerous lakes. Among these, the most important are certainly the lake of the panda and the lake of the five flowers, both of glacial origin.
Sometimes you don’t have to go too far to discover corners of the immense, unspoiled nature. And the boundless and wild Highlands – the heart and symbol of Scotland – have much to offer under this point of view, especially in autumn. Thanks to the rich vegetation and the almost total absence of urban centres, here the spirit of autumn is reflected in each tree, and the water-course.
The main goal of this trip is Pitlochry, a small town in victorian times wet from the river Tummel, which is located in the northern region of Pertshire. Very popular as a holiday resort, and is an excellent starting point to explore the surrounding nature. Of the day you can walk over the course of the river and venture out among its woods, to contemplate the magic of the autumn colors.
In the evening, you can leave the pastel shades and immerse yourself in a riot of fluorescent colors. From 3 October to 3 November 2019, in fact, in the forests of Pitlochry takes place in The Enchanted Forest, a spectacle of lights, sounds and colors, which attracts every year more than 30 thousand tourists between the enchanted atmosphere suitable for all ages.
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Bukhansan National Park, Seoul, South Korea
An ecological island among the millions of homes: the Bukhansan National Park is a national park that is located in the heart of Seoul, the capital of South Korea and one of the metropolis’s most populous and polluted in the world. Created in 1983 in the northern part of the city, covers 79,92 km2 and acts as a green lung for about 20 million koreans. Its name means “mountains north of the Han river” and the mountains of the Bukhan, in fact, is located right on the river Han, the fourth water-course of the nation that bisects the capital.
Inside you can stroll in nature, try hiking to hiking to the top of the mountain or immerse yourself in the fantastic autumn colors of the immense wooded area. But also come across some historic sites and natural: such as the impressive Fortress and Bukhansanseong, built in 132 ad to protect the city from foreign invasions.
Today the Bukhansan – with more than 5 million visitors each year – is among the most popular destinations in the world: so much so that it has won the Guinness book of world records as the “most-visited national park per unit area”. For this reason, to avoid the damage of its ecosystem – have been applied some restrictive rules that restrict the entry of visitors in spring and autumn. The advice is to be aware in advance on the official website.
El Chaltén, Patagonia, Argentina
Thanks to the foliage of the months from September to November – as we have seen, have become a peak time for bookings and tourism around the world. But who wants to avoid the crowds and explore the colors of autumn “off-season” will be able to opt for the latter goal. We’re talking about the Patagonia, the region located in the extreme south ofLatin America, between Argentina and Chile. Located in the southern hemisphere, the autumn falls between march and may. Then you’ll have plenty of time to organize a trip. But what to see?
The council is starting from El Chaltén, a small mountain village located at the foot of the Fitz Roy – on the banks of the river Rio de las Vueltas – also dubbed the “national Capital of trekking” because of the numerous paths that take you away from the town.
El Chaltén owes its name to the iconic mountain, which is distinguished from the other peaks. In the language Aoniken – spoken from the ancient tribe of the indigenous Tehuelche and part of the strain of languages Chonan – Chaltén would mean “the mountain that smokes”.