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Top 5 Drives for Fall Foliage Around the World

Is there anything better than taking a leisurely drive with the windows down on a crisp fall day? Just picturing it makes us okay with the fact that summer is ending soon…for the most part, at least.

If you’re a fellow fall enthusiast, you’re probably pretty into the beautiful changing leaves that come along with it too. True? Then read on, because these are some of the best places to take in fall foliage around the world:


Lake District, England

In general, England is known for its gorgeous fall season. So if you’re thinking about traveling there for leaf-peeping purposes, you’ll have tons of options to choose from. Each rivals the other in beauty. But if you ask us, Lake District National Park offers one of the best drives for taking in fall foliage in the world. The leaf tones here are rich and deep, and the views are accentuated by the fact that they’re reflected in the still lake surfaces. Cruise along the roadside for the day, and don’t forget to get out a few times. Take some photos and enjoy the beautiful solitude. With these tips for traveling to Europe during the winter months, you can still enjoy a quite magical trip!

lake district in UK

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Lake Bled, Slovenia

If you’d rather take a train ride than go for a drive for your fall foliage fix, this is a great option for you. Take a train to Slovenia’s Lake Bled during the fall for breathtaking views of the countryside where you’ll see charming small towns, farmlands, and rivers, with colorful trees covering the land in between. It’s known as one of Europe’s most delightful train rides, and that’s even truer during the autumn months. Once you get to the lake, the views are truly epic. Be sure to stay a while to soak them up before moving on, or opt to stay for a night to enjoy the sunset.  

lake bled, slovenia scenery


Kyoto, Japan

The only thing that rivals Japan’s cherry blossom season is its beautiful fall foliage. Across the country, the leaves start to change color in October, and peak viewing season is around mid-November. If you want to head to Kyoto a bit earlier, we highly recommend a drive into the Kitayama Mountains, where you’ll find a variety of deciduous trees that turn vibrant shades of orange, red, and yellow. Rent a car or hop on a bike. Cruise around different parts of Kyoto to see the variety of colors and landscapes the country has to offer. And, as an added bonus, it’s usually cheaper to fly to Kyoto at this time of year! You can find even more ways to book a cheaper trip and stay ontop of travel deals in one of our articles.

Kyoto, Japan in the fall


Fundy Coastal Drive, New Brunswick

If you’re looking for a destination where you can take in stunning fall foliage a bit closer to home, check out Fundy Coastal Drive in New Brunswick, Canada. This drive is different from the others we’ve shared so far. It’s along the coast, so you can take in a view of the ocean and the foliage at the same time. During the fall, this area sees the highest tides in the world, so you’ll be nestled right up against the water on your drive. Many have compared the variety of leaf colors here to New England, but without the crowds, which makes it a pretty ideal spot for travelers who prefer a little bit of solitude.

New Brunswick in autumn


Loire Valley, France

France’s Loire Valley is a pretty popular destination – in the summer, especially. But what people don’t know is the crowds tend to disappear in the fall, which happens to be one of the most beautiful times of year in the region. On a drive through the Loire Valley, you’ll take in the gorgeous fall foliage interspersed between epic castles. From April 20th through November 5th each year, the Chaumont-sur-Loire hosts an international garden festival, and if you choose to go during the fall, you’ll see the colors change there as well. And as a bonus, you can sip delicious, world-renowned Loire Valley wines along your trip. If you’re feeling adventurous and schedule a short trip to Paris while in the area, check out this packing guide before you depart!

Loire Valley, France during autumn

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