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Breathtaking fall leaves around the world

By Melanie Lieberman
October 17, 2017, 4:33:03 PM EDT

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You don’t need to fly to the American northeast to experience one of the most quintessential aspects of autumn — those kaleidoscopic fall leaves that blanket the ground in a patchwork of fiery reds, oranges, and yellows.

In fact, destinations all over the world experience this colorful, exuberant transformation when the temperatures drop and cafes are forced to sell pumpkin spice lattes and cider donuts.

To see leaves changing color, you can travel as far afield as Asia, where cities like Nara, Japan and Seoul, South Korea blaze with fall colors from October to as late as December.

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And all across the European countryside, from the vineyards of Umbria to the state of Tyrol in the Austrian Alps, vivid leaf colors ignite the pastoral landscapes.

Of course, New England’s fall foliage is famous for a reason — and scenic drives along roads covered in a confetti of fall maple leaves are a quintessential part of the season (along with apple picking and hay rides, of course).

Plan a trip to one of these incredible destinations for leaf-peeping, or enjoy the autumn leaves from your computer. These beautiful photos of fall foliage from around the globe guarantee you’ll be ready for sweater weather.

British Columbia, Canada

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The region’s famous wine valleys are perfect for wine-tasting and leaf-peeping.

Bavaria, Germany

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For a truly fairytale trip, head to Neuschwanstein Castle when it’s flanked by red and orange leaves.

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