Ah, autumn. Just the thought of this cosy season makes us want to roll up into a blanket cocoon and leave the rest of our lives out in the dreary London rain. But before you embrace your antisocial butterfly side, remember there are some pretty rewarding reasons to make the trek outdoors over the next couple months.
It’s arguably the most beautiful time of the year and we’ve no doubt our Insta feeds will soon be overflowing with snapshots of colourful trees, pumpkins and people tossing leaves in the air. Sounds familiar, right? Instead of scrolling through these pictures on your own and going green (or orange?) with envy, why not turn the tables on your followers and beat them at their own game? We’ve raked in the eight places in the world with the most unbe-leaf-able autumnal vibes…
Everything in America is orange these days, even the trees. Vermont is one of America’s six New England states and that alone gives it one of the top spots for leaf peeping, as they call it there. These states are famous for having the most beautiful autumn displays on literally every inch of land, but Vermont is especially well-known for its natural forest landscape, giving it perhaps the best reputation for autumn colours. While every location in this state is a winner, some of the greatest never-fail towns to visit are Manchester and Montpelier (Vermont’s quaint capital). Along with the obvious Insta-worthy leaves and scenic drives, you can also indulge in some shopping at Manchester Designer Outlets and eat your way through as much of Vermont’s maple syrup as you can at the adorable diners.
Another New England state (we couldn’t pick just one!), Maine is small, and famous for its picturesque rocky coastline. Apart from the lighthouses and lobsters, Maine also has some of the most beautiful autumn foliage in the world. Turn over a new leaf at Baxter State Park and photograph the trees and the moose (just don’t get too close), or go canoeing in the Rangeley Lakes area. We bet you’ll put everyone else to shame on Instagram with the pictures you bring back!
Not only does this spot have some amazing autumn views, it also boasts two of the most powerful and impressive waterfalls in the world. Niagara Falls sits right on the Canada-U.S.A border so the American Falls looks across to Horseshoe Falls, with a 160 foot drop between them. Trees surround the falls and sit all along the flowing Niagara River, giving the area an unbeatable atmosphere when the leaves start to turn. Trust us, you literally can’t go wrong trying to get pictures here. The Canadian side has the better lookout points, with Skylon Tower providing visitors with a grand view of the entire scene from above.
Take a stroll along the Limmat river in Zurich this autumn and fall back in time to the pre-medieval era. Ancient buildings and towering trees stand on either side of the river, which acts as a perfect setup for autumnal pictures. The water combined with the clusters of falling orange leaves is a view that begs to be photographed, and we know you’d be happy to oblige! River cruises also operate on the river until mid-end October, offering you beautiful views of Zurich’s Old Town and the chance to get the perfect Instagram shot.
Don’t be fooled by the dark name and association with the terrifying Brothers Grimm stories. The Black Forest is a mesmerizing region of charming little villages and forests, which transition into some of the most colourful views in autumn. The old buildings and cobbled streets do feel like they’re straight out of a fairytale, and the lush trees will definitely make your wildest social media dreams come true. ‘Insta-famous’ might soon become your new handle…
Yes, Tokyo is a bustling, super-modern city with skyscrapers and non-stop action, but it’s also home to some of the best parks and gardens in the world for spying those autumn leaves, if you know where to look. Oddly enough, one of the busiest parts of Tokyo has one of the best autumnal displays: Shinjuku’s Gyoen National Garden. This large space is full of paved walkways and crowds of trees whose colourful branches hang over the water. A day in this little slice of paradise will certainly leaf you smiling!
Taichung is an industrial city but it also gives you some of the best opportunities for catching autumn vibes. The city’s Wuling Farm is known for its scenic gardens and hiking trails, spanning hundreds of acres of area. Accessible by bus, this farm has an overwhelming number of picturesque trees and Instagram opportunities, making it one of the best foliage spots in Asia. Orange you glad you know about it now?
Autumn has officially arrived at Dalloway Terrace and we couldn’t be more excited! Get your skates on and scoot on over to Dalloway Terrace during #DallowayGoldenHour and while away your time beneath the glorious autumnal wall. Dalloway Terrace and Æcorn Aperitifs have been busy creating a selection of aperitif concoctions to whet your appetite before diving into their autumnal a la carte menu or sample their astonishing afternoon tea.
Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)
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