There’s more to fall foliage than staring out your window, driving through the winding roads in New Jersey or even venturing to the mother-lode: New England.
Trees and gorgeous foliage can take on an international flavor. Consider these destinations this fall:
- Bavaria, Germany: Head to Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace commissioned by Ludwig II, the King of Bavaria, and built on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau. Consider timing the trip to coincide with Munich’s 16-day Oktoberfest (Sept. 22 to Oct. 7).
- Husafell, Iceland: The Hraunfossar Waterfalls are actually a series of waterfalls that stretch for half a mile, and is one of the best places to see the foliage. Hues of red, yellow and orange beautifully contrast a turquoise glacial river that flows through an ancient lava field. Hang around until nighttime to catch the Northern Lights.
- Bukhansan National Park, South Korea: Located just north of Seoul, Bukhansan features plenty of hiking trails, as well as temples and granite peaks, to see the colors up close. In fact, Bukhansan means “mountains north of the Han River,” which provides an opportunity to see the vibrant fall colors from above and below.
- Duoro Valley, Portugal: What better way to enjoy the colors of fall than a boat trip along the Duoro River, sipping Vinho Verde or Port from the wineries that dot the Portugese countryside. The terraced vineyards offer a colorful stairway along the rolling hills.