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4 Top Spots for Fall Foliage Around the World

Although summer doesn’t officially end until September 21, fall foliage is starting to hit its peak in many parts of the country and the world. As early as this week, the deep reds, oranges, and yellows that define autumnal leaves will be in abundance across the country from Wyoming to Maine. And fall foliage doesn’t just happen in the United States, read on to find out how to experience the vivid colors of nature around the world this fall.

 

Kyoto

The Japanese city is renewed for its foliage and The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto offers cultural experiences to perfectly complement the season. Opt for the Morning Chanting Experience, which takes place at Myokaku-ji Temple, where you can witness monks chanting to the beat of Japanese drums. You can also take advantage of their Japanese Harp Experience, where you will learn to play the “Koto,” a 13-stringed harp-like ancient Japanese musical instrument. You can also get outside to truly take advantage of the scenery with their Kyoto Tandem Bike Ride, which takes you and a friend or loved one on a tandem cycling adventure around Kyoto’s riverside visiting temples and viewing the fall foliage along the way.

 

New York

Autumn in the Big Apple has inspired everything from songs to movies, and although most people head upstate to view foliage, there’s nothing more romantic than strolling through Central Park and admiring the fall hues. Turn the romance up when you book The Plaza Hotel’s “Love Letter From the Plaza” inspired by F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, which includes two plush robes; The Plaza signature champagne flues; a dozen roses in your room; Dear Scott, Dear Zelda; The Love letters of F Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Book with Fitzgerald Pen; bottle of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs; and a $100 dining credit.

 

Beaune, Burgundy France

Fall foliage doesn’t just exist on trees — the rolling vineyards of Burgundy, France spring into vibrant color during the fall. Cozy up in Beaune, the walled capital city of the region, which is the perfect jumping off spot to explore the viticulture of the area. Hotel Le Cep & Spa Marie de Bourgogne sits in the heart of the city and offers the perfect luxury getaway. Dating back to the 16th century the property is two separate mansions joined together. The hotel also features a full service spa and a Michelin-Starred restaurant that offers more than 70 Burgundian wines by the glass.

 

Vermont

New England is one of the best spots on the planet to soak up fall leaves, and Stowe Mountain Lodge places you in the forest of Smugglers’ Notch State Park at the base of Mount Mansfield. Frolic in all the color with the resort’s bespoke autumnal packages that include everything from golf on their two courses, zip-lining down the mountain, or getting a birds-eye view of the foliage by taking a gondola ride up the mountain. The property also offers mountain biking and relaxation after all of it in their spa and wellness center.

 

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