Lisa Rivera

Whether we like it or not, the days are getting shorter, and the weather’s turning cooler. Yes, grab your heavier jacket, because autumn is here.

No matter what side of the fence you sit on, no-one can deny how pretty and romantic the landscape becomes once autumn’s in full swing.

From the UK to Canada, these places are some of the best holiday destinations to watch those leaves turn from green to golden brown.

Kyoto, Japan

Renowned for celebrating the cherry blossoms in spring, autumn too is another season the Japanese people observe.

Kyoto

Already a spectacular city in its own right, Kyoto becomes even more special come autumn. With shades of red and brown leaves lining the trees, you can just imagine how picturesque the scene looks with the temples, parks and rivers.

Central Otago, New Zealand

If you prefer your autumn foliage a little more on the golden and orange side, you’re going to love central Otago in New Zealand.

Central Otago

Here, you’ll find a kaleidoscope of colours, ranging from the vibrant golden yellows on the trees to rich reds on the grapevines. It’s the only place in the country where you’ll see this, given its low annual rainfall and extreme temperatures.

Vermont, USA

Home to some of the prettiest small towns in northeastern America, Vermont has a landscape almost designed for autumn.

Vermont

Catch picture postcard views of the trees, with leaves of golden browns, ambers and peppery reds. If you’d like to see foliage season in Vermont, it’s advisable to book ahead, as the season’s the state’s busiest time.

Sherwood Forest, UK

Get down to Robin Hood country with a visit to Sherwood Forest this autumn. Take in over 20 miles of colour ranging from golds to red and lighter shades of green.

Sherwood Forest

Look out for the pines on the ground that contrast with the foliage as you walk or cycle through the forest.

Rondane National Park, Norway

For an autumn experience that offers more than its changing leaves, head to Rondane National Park in Norway.

Rondane National Park

Here you’ll find deep forests, plenty of wild reindeer and snow-capped mountain peaks that make a stark contrast against the reds and yellows.

In other words, it’s mesmerising, and a place that will make the start of the season much more special.