I know, I'm English but I'm calling autumn 'fall' (don't hate; I just do weird things sometimes), but fall seems to more aptly epitomise the way that the temperature changes, the way the sun dips a little sooner than usual, and especially the way the trees shed their pretty red and yellow leaves.
I think we can all agree that the months of September, October and November can be very beautiful and full of change, so to celebrate, I've put together a list of some of the most beautiful places to visit during this very special time of year. Maybe it'll even inspire you to indulge in your wanderlust!
1. Blackwood Forest, Hampshire, England
This was the location of one of my most recent holidays, which I actually took during autumn last year. I stayed with Forest Holidays (a tad like Center Parcs but more relaxing and with less children), and it was one of the most fulfilling weeks I've ever spent on holiday in the UK.
I spent the mornings walking my dogs on the trails marked out throughout the woodland, snapping photographs of the sunlight falling through the branches of the trees. It was a magical experience, and I can't wait to go back.
Image c/o clry2
2. New England, USA
Located across six states, New England is THE place to visit for that fuzzy fall feeling in America. The legendary fire-toned foliage here must not be missed, and is so popular that several websites even track the journey of the season throughout the region.
The harvest festivals here are also particularly festive - ideal for discovering the best of autumn fruits and vegetables, and sampling the delicious produce in fantastic homemade recipes. New England will definitely be atop my list for my next holiday destination!
Image c/o Brendan Campbell
3. Pitlochry, Scotland
In this burgh in Perth and Kinross, you can find some stunning waterside trees, making for stunning photographs over the rivers and lochs. Explore the area whilst hill walking to get the perfect views over the surrounding glens, or hire a boat to get a closer of of this stunning natural scenery.
Image c/o Sigfrid Lundberg
4. Skane, Sweden
Sweden has always been a place that I've been dying to visit, and Skane is a region of undeniable beauty during autumn. The trees turn beautiful shades of burgundy, auburn and crimson across untouched valleys, and the towns are naturally festive with charming traditional Swedish architecture.
Image c/o alberto r. motterle
5. Salzburg, Austria
The fourth largest city in Austria, Salzburg is renowned for its baroque architecture and stunning location by the river Salzach. In autumn, fiery trees contrast with white houses lining the riverbanks - with the Austrian Alps in the background, this coulen't make a more perfect shot.
Image c/o Otger
6. Ordesa National Park, Spain
Rolling across 156 square kilometres, this protected area in the Pyrenees has some of the best hiking trails in Spain. Here you'll come across waterfalls, canyons, meadows and cliffs, all framed by a mix of colourful trees. If you have a moment, pop down to one of the surrounding towns for Spains annual grape harvests.
Image c/o ActiveSteve
7. Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
A picturesque country in its own right, Canada is home to the colourful city of Mont-Tremblant. Here, you can ski at the year-round Mont Tremblant Ski Resort, whilst enjoying the terrific foliage and the bold-coloured roofs of the city buildings. I recommend the zipline tour across the forest to get the best view!