Lake District, England
In England's Lake District, fall foliage isn't restricted to the trees. Famous for its lakes, mountains, charming villages, and rich literary history (after all, how many places boast a guidebook by Wordsworth?), the region triples the pleasures of fall color in a surprising way. The gold and ruby leaves of oak, larch, and beech trees are beautiful, sure. But the real punch comes in the low heather, bracken, and bilberry brush that create a velvety red blanket over the district's famed fells (hills and mountains). On still days, you'll get twice the impact as the dramatic colors are reflected in the lakes below. An autumn hotline helps visitors locate the best color, and hiking offers excellent, free views of the foliage, lakes, and ubiquitous grazing sheep. And after an inspiring walk, follow the scent of freshly baked gingerbread to the Grasmere Gingerbread shop for a true fall indulgence.
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