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    For anyone who lives in the US or has spent a lot of time in the US, the words ‘fall foliage ‘ inevitably conjure up images of New England. However, the very pleasant activity of watching the multicolored leaves of autumn is subject to no geographical bounds other than an appropriate latitude, and whichever continent you are currently located on, you can find places to watch the fall foliage (in the southern hemisphere, though, you will have to wait until it’s autumn).

    In a few months, temperate regions in the northern hemisphere will decorated in red and gold, and here are some of the best destinations for fall foliage viewing that you might consider visiting.

    Mount Rokko, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

    In Japan, fall foliage viewing is almost as popular as cherry blossom viewing in spring. Fall foliage, called kouyou, can be observed all over Japan from October to December, and although the foliage turns into brilliant colors even in urban  parks, a natural area like Mount Rokko is a much better place to look at it. Mount Rokko actually consists of several mellow peaks that are extremely popular for sightseeing and hiking.

    White Mountains, New Hampshire

    New England is a permanent fixture on any list of fall foliage destinations, obviously. The White Mountains area is one of the most scenic places for leaf-peeping, especially since it doesn’t only offer otherworldly colored leafs, but also picturesque gorges, waterfalls, and picture-perfect drives.

    Bavaria, Germany

    The Bavarian countryside with its gentle hills and impressive castles couldn’t be more perfect for some foliage viewing in autumn. Bavaria becomes quite lively in October due to the people flocking to Oktoberfest, its beer, sausages and music, but if you’re in the mood for quieter entertainment, just take a drive through the region and marvel at the amazing scenery awash in hundreds of colors.

    Julian Alps, Slovenia

    If you don’t like bumping into other leaf peepers while you are out hunting down the most brightly colored leaf you have seen, then you should head to the Julian Alps, the slice of the Alps belonging to Slovenia.

    The Julian Alps look strikingly similar to Upper Bavaria or Tyrol, but accommodation in Slovenia will be cheaper and the area less trodden over by other tourists.

    Rural Quebec

    The countryside of Quebec is dotted with small wooden cabins that are left over from the collectors of maple sap who work there in spring. In autumn, the cabins look like gingerbread houses scattered in a fairytale-like forest of red, gold and burned orange hues.

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