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7 Colorful Destinations to Visit this Autumn

Sponsored by The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card 10.05.2016

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.

Battery Park City with lush autumn foliage, New York.
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park is a Tier 4 hotel in The Ritz-Carlton Rewards.

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. 

Ginkgo tree in chinese temple in Chengdu during Autumn
The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu is a Tier 1 hotel in The Ritz-Carlton Rewards.

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. 

View of red maple tree and CN Tower in autumn on October
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto is a Tier 3 hotel in The Ritz-Carlton Rewards.

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. 

Colorful autumn foliage in the Boston Public Garden
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston s a Tier 4 hotel in The Ritz-Carlton Rewards.

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. 

Brandenburg gate at sunset, Berlin
The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin is a Tier 3 hotel in The Ritz-Carlton Rewards.

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. 

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is a Tier 3 hotel in The Ritz-Carlton Rewards.

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. 

Lincoln memorial and pool in Washington DC, USA
The Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C. and The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. are Tier 4 hotels in The Ritz-Carlton Rewards.

The destinations above feature Tier 1 to 4 Ritz-Carlton hotels in The Ritz-Carlton Rewards program.  

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Plan Your Stay in These Destinations

  • Boston

    Location Boston, Massachusetts

    Experience New England Charm and Modern Elegance.

    • Craft cocktails at Avery Bar
    • Local seasonal menu at Artisan Bistro
    • Minutes from theatre and historic sites
  • New York, Battery Park

    Location Lower Manhattan, New York City

    Experience One of the “Top 52 Places to Go” by NY Times.

    • Walk to lower Manhattan landmarks
    • Panoramic views of the Statute of Liberty
    • NYC’s only luxury hotel on the waterfront
  • Washington, D.C.

    Location Washington, D.C.

    Experience One of the city’s most majestic luxury hotels, steeped in history.

    • Surrounded by tree-lined streets in downtown D.C.
    • A relaxing respite from the city's energy
    • Unparalleled Club Level accommodations
  • Toronto

    Location Toronto, Canada

    Experience Toronto’s vibrant arts & entertainment district.

    • AAA Five-Diamond hotel in downtown
    • Voted #1 hotel spa in the world by Travel & Leisure
    • Personalized experiences to explore Toronto 
  • Reynolds, Lake Oconee

    Location Lake Oconee, Georgia

    Experience Enjoy fishing, waterskiing, jet skiing, paddle boarding & more

    • 75 miles from Atlanta on 30 acres of shoreline
    • Lakeside cottages, championship golf, locally inspired cuisine
    • Recently renovated infinity pool and spa
  • Berlin

    Location Berlin, Germany

    Experience A striking hotel in the vibrant Potsdamer Platz quarter.

    • Fantastic views of the Tiergarten
    • Minutes from historic Berlin attractions
    • An exceptional on-site restaurant
  • Chengdu

    Location Chengdu, China

    Experience A luxury hotel steeped in tea traditions.

    • Views of Tianfu Square and Chengdu
    • Signature tea-infused spa treatments
    • Pick tea leaves at Mengding Mountain