1. Sonoma County, California
With more than 400 wineries, miles of rugged Pacific coastline, towering redwood forests, and its close proximity to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Sonoma County is a traveler’s dream vacation spot in California. Leaves on both tree and vine, fall foliage is doubly intense in Sonoma County.A zip line excursion, a ropes course, or a hot-air balloon ride add a dash of adventure.
2. Northern New Mexico
New Mexico has long been known as The Land of Enchantment, and it’s only fitting that this designated scenic byway be called the Enchanted Circle. Explore the 83-mile loop through mountains, valleys, mesa, and national forest… all unique to Northern New Mexico.The Enchanted Circle is centered around Wheeler Peak, the highest point in the state. A diverse and scenic landscape of verdant valleys, cottonwood forests, and aspen-rimmed mountain lakes that turn to gold in late September and October. So hit the road and get ready to discover what makes this region so spectacular.
3. Holmes County, Ohio
In the heart of central Ohio’s Amish Country, maple, oak, and the iconic state tree, the buckeye, hang over narrow roads that meander through wavy fields of corn. It’s fun, it’s everyone’s favorite season and almost all events are free.
4. Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec, Canada
Gaspé Peninsula, the Gaspé or Gaspesia, is a peninsula along the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River to the east of the Matapédia Valley in Quebec, Canada/ On the Gaspé Peninsula, the trees have the blue waters of the St. Lawrence Gulf as a backdrop. Hike the mountains of Parc National de la Gaspésie, or leaf-peep while whale-watching in Forillon National Park, where seven types of whales visit through October.
5. Moscow, Russia
Moscow is the capital and the largest city of Russia with 12.2 million residents within the city limits and 16.8 million within the urban area. Moscow is defying its stereotype as a forbidding gray, Soviet-era metropolis and converting the estates of former tsars into public parks that paint the city with autumn hues. Try Kolomenskoye, where whitewashed palaces and blue, onion-shaped church domes punctuate a forest and rows of apple orchards.
6. Bavaria, Germany
Southern Germany is saturated with Alpine forests that pop with color against snow-dusted mountains. Meander along the 224-mile (360 km) Romantic Road, beginning in the Franconia wine region—where local wine festivals punctuate the autumn calendar.
7. Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto is a city located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. It has a population close to 1.5 million. One of the best spots for koyo is Kyoto on the island of Honshu, where vivid leaves frame sloping temple roofs, remnants of the city’s many centuries of imperial history. Nighttime illuminations pierce the translucent, heavy branches at their colorful height from mid-November through December.