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Best places to see autumn colours

Autumn isn't everyone's favourite season -- after all, summer brings beach holidays and winter caters for ski breaks. But we think this in-between season is underrated. With autumn comes cosy nights in jumpers by the fire, and of course, the changing colours of leaves -- here's our selection of the places where it's a sight worth travelling for.

New England, USA
This region of the US is famous as a destination for "leaf-peeping". The area covers six states, including New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont, the most renowned spots. The Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts (and overlap into Connecticut) are full of hiking trails. Colours peak in mid-October, with gold and orange hues.

Other notable areas where it's great to be a leaf-peeper are the White Mountains in New Hampshire and Moss Glen Falls in Vermont -- golden leaves against a waterfall is a view you won't forget too soon.

Kyoto, Japan
Japan is known around the world for its cherry blossom trees in spring, but autumn is just as visually striking. The colours start changing in October but are at their most intense in mid-November, with oranges and reds.

There's a range of parks and temples within Kyoto prefecture that boast impressive autumn colours, such as Tofuku-ji Temple and Jingo-Ji on Mount Takao, about an hour outside the city.

Lake District, UK
September to November is the best time to go to the Lake District for the autumn colours. We suggest Windermere or Grasmere: the lakes reflect the landscape so clearly that the same reds and yellows exist as a mirror image in the water.

It can get a little too cold for long hikes in the Lake District during autumn, so try the shorter hikes to High Dam or Orrest Head from Windermere or the circuit to Latrigg from Keswick and back.

Transylvania, Romania
The eerie atmosphere of the land of vampire legend is softened from late September to early November when the golden colours set in. The vineyards of southern Transylvanian wine regions such as the Minis Hills or the Târnave Valley are a sight that would make even Dracula swoon.

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Deal Expert, London
Monday, 18 August 2014
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