7 Colorful Destinations to Visit this Autumn
Fall’s cooling temperatures and changing colors make it the perfect time to explore new destinations around the world. The Ritz-Carlton concierges share their top picks for fall, from Boston to Berlin.
1. New York City: See Battery Park at Its Most Colorful
There’s nothing quite like New York City in the fall, when the city's parks transform into a vibrant wonderland of reds, golds and oranges. Stroll miles of urban gardens, which offer autumnal escapes from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Looking for something a bit more secluded? Head to the historical Hudson Valley and relax among the fall foliage at the Rockefeller Estate, or to the miles of leafy pathways in Central Park.
2. Chengdu: Walk Among China’s Golden Ginkgo Trees
Chengdu’s famous peach trees take center stage in spring, when seas of pink roll across the city’s southeast edge. But in autumn, fanning ginkgo trees cascade gold across the city, creating dreamy natural wonder. For some of the best views, try the popular People’s Park or Du Fu’s Thatched Cottage museum and park to learn about Chinese literature and poetry in a gilded setting.
3. Toronto: Discover Modern Latin American Art
Every October, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre transforms into Canada’s largest international gallery for modern and contemporary art. This year’s Art Toronto has a focus feature on Latin America, investigating culture shifts in Mexico and Central and South America. After the show, walk a few blocks north to the stylish Alo, one of the city’s newest and most highly rated restaurants.
4. Boston: Explore the Freedom Trail at its Most Colorful
Pair historic architecture with a dazzling foliage show this autumn in Boston. Fall is the unofficially official time to visit, when the New England city transforms into a scarlet- and persimmon-tinted paradise. While you can experience some of the country’s best turning foliage simply by walking through Harvard Square or Boston Common, walk the Freedom Trail for the ultimate nature-meets-history experience.
5. Berlin: Celebrate with an Outdoor Feast to Fall
Fall is a time of revel for Germany, with Oktoberfest and the Day of German Unity leading the celebrations. Join the locals and head to Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate for festivities with cherished views. For many Germans, the season is for feasting alfresco, so find a cozy spot at a leafy beer garden or a join the picnickers at Schlosspark Charlottenburg.
6. Georgia: Golf Among Brilliant Colors
Fall in the American South is best immersed in Lake Oconee’s dense oak-hickory forests. The lake town — a tranquil escape for Atlantans and out-of-state travelers alike — offers some of Georgia’s most famous golfing with an unforgettable backdrop. Choose from one of six courses (including the award-winning Harbour Club) that wrap around the lake, or simply claim a lounge chair on the bank to soak up the remaining Southern sun.
7. Washington, D.C.: Raise a Glass to an American Autumn
Whether walking through Washington, D.C.’s parks and memorials or traveling down the coast of the Chesapeake Bay, the capital region is sweepingly scenic in autumn. Fall also means harvest season for the Virginia’s countless wineries. Take a winding drive (and the long way) through the Shenandoah Valley to sample the best kind of vintage.