Autumn is the season where the air gets crisp and the leaves start to turn into beautiful hues of copper. A time when one finds crunchy leaves underfoot, dazzling colours and cooler temperatures, offering perfect conditions for road-trippers looking to pull over and stretch their legs on an autumnal hike.
White Mountains, USA
Promising a visual treat, new England in the USA is renowned for its beautiful fall landscapes. one of new England’s most beautiful drives is along the scenic Kancamagus Highway. Take a pit-stop in the White Mountains, lace up your walking boots and take a hike through the hills to see autumn at its most vibrant, where the trees are full of vivid maple leaves.
Loire Valley, France
If you thought that the Loire Valley in France couldn’t get any more picturesque, think again! The season sees the rolling vineyards put on their annual autumnal display of colours as the vines transform from green to fiery red. After driving past charming chateaux, take a stroll along the tracks and trails that criss-cross the vineyards and watch the grapes being harvested.
Jeju Island, South Korea
Closer to home in Asia is Jeju island in South Korea, designated as one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature. With numerous attractions all over the island, self-drive is one of the best ways to tour this destination. Popular routes include the 1131 highway that connects the 2 major cities of the island – Jeju City and Seogwipo City; the 1132 highway, which circles the island and promises a spectacular coastal drive; and the 1139 highway with a stunning view of southern Jeju – all of which lead to the start of different hiking trails.
As the temperature cools and the days dim in this season, the air becomes magical, making it a lovely time for a road trip to see the amazing autumnal colours shine in their seasonal glory.