(Relaxnews) - In just a few weeks and for a limited time, different parts of the Earth will enter the stage before winter when Mother Nature puts on one of her greatest shows: a fireworks display of orange, red, gold and brown.

From the wine-growing regions of France to the mystic mountains of China, editors at travel guide Lonely Planet have curated a list of the most stunning fall foliage destinations for lovers of the most melancholic and striking of the four seasons.

The Best Places To See Fall Foliage, As Selected By Lonely Planet

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    Agawa Canyon, Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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    A train ride through northern Ontario takes visitors through “some of the most beautiful fall foliage on the planet,” says Lonely Planet. And that’s not just a travel guide talking. The area also inspired Canada’s prominent landscape artists Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven who immortalized the region on canvas in the early 20th century. Best time to go: end of September to beginning of October. Photo Credit: Derek Hatfield
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    Loire Valley, France
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    Fall is perhaps one of the best times to visit the Loire Valley, when the vineyards turn shades of buttery yellows, burnt oranges and reds and the winemakers are busy with the fall harvest. Take in the view with a glass of wine, maybe at one of the many castles which dot the Loire River, the longest in France. Autumn will surely become your favourite season if it isn't already.
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    Huangshan Mountain, China
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    Every year, Chinese tourists make a pilgrimage to Yellow Mountain where “wispy clouds” lend the forested mountain peaks an “ethereal” and exotic atmosphere, says Lonely Planet. Best time to visit: at sunrise.
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    Forest Of Dean, England
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    When you’re not rooted to the ground tree-gazing at the ancient woodlands of Gloucestershire, the Forest of Dean also offers a variety of activities such as mountain biking, treetop zipwires, kayaking, and castles in the vicinity.
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    White Mountains, New Hampshire, USA
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    In addition to miles of hiking trails and scenic drives that take visitors over covered bridges, past historic sites, through picturesque towns and villages all against Technicolor foliage, the White Mountains area also boasts 100 waterfalls. Peak foliage typically occurs from the end of September through the second week of October.

Other fall foliage viewing destinations include:
Nara, Japan
Dandenong Ranges, Australia
Bishop Creek Canyon, California, USA
Pitlochry, Scotland
Lombardy, Italy

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  • True Colours

    The Pomerania region, nestled between Poland and Germany, is a real beauty any time of year. In the summer, sun-seeking tourists come for the gorgeous seaside resorts. In the fall, its famous forests turn into an explosion of yellow and red hues with pine trees added for a touch of evergreen.

  • Feeling Kinda Rustic In The Rondane National Park

    Norway’s oldest national park is like the greatest hits of geology. You’ve got arid plains, snowcapped mountains, deep valleys, rock cliffs and small shallow lakes leftover from the last Ice Age. In autumn, the trees and the large reindeer population put on a spectacular show for visiting tourists.

  • Walking A Very Vine Line

    With more than 800 hectares of vineyards, squeezed along the south-facing northern shore of Lake Geneva, the Lavaux region of Switzerland turns into a blaze of colour, once the grapes are picked and temperatures plummet. Expect plenty of yellow, oranges and shades of red if visiting in October. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/67496254@N00/" target="_blank">mathomas81</a>

  • Hitting The Gold Rush

    In Arrowtown, New Zealand, gold was discovered in 1862. The gold rush continues to this day but the riches found now comes largely from its equally famous autumn leaves. To see them, go in April when it’s autumn there, but spring here.

  • Turning Japanese

    It’s funny how Kyoto, Japan is internationally renown for its gorgeous cherry blossoms in the spring. But make no mistake: this city is no one-trick pony. Fall in Kyoto is just as stunning and without all those pesky busloads full of tourists. It’s also a cheaper time to travel so why wait till March?

  • By The Lake

    For centuries, poets and artists have stressed themselves silly over how to convey the beauty of the autumn show of colour in England’s Lake District. It’s best just to see it yourself with a trip to North West England. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/66618435@N02/" target="_blank">CN2</a>

  • Mad About Colour

    They say that King Ludwig II, the builder of <a href="http://www.neuschwanstein.de/" target="_blank">Neuschwanstein Castle</a>, was crazy and reclusive. Maybe not. He smartly built his Bavarian abode in Germany’s most scenic area. Avoid the crowds that flock here in the summer (up to 6,000 per day) and come see this fairy-tale palace during the quiet of fall.

  • Paint The Wall

    Leaf peepers can snap photos until their heart’s content at the Great Wall of China. In autumn, the surrounding forest, full of maple and smoke trees, dresses up in reds and oranges to create perfectphoto ops. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwwphotodepthcom/" target="_blank">John Ostrom</a>

  • Catching "Yellow Fever"

    Something you won’t ever see anywhere in the world is the turning of the fagus. If you lived in Tasmania, you’d know that this is a fall happening that excites the locals. The island state has only one native deciduous tree – the fagus. When it turns yellow, it’s an event.

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  • Algoma Central Railway’s Agawa Canyon Tour Train, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

    If you’re in Northern Ontario, make sure to take the Agawa Canyon Tour Train for a one-day excursion 114 miles north of Sault Ste Marie. While the train runs year round, autumn is its most popular season because of the spectacular colours. Leaf colours vary every year, but you’ll see the best of them during the last two weeks of September and the first week of October. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/loimere/" target="_blank">Derek Hatfield </a>

  • Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver, British Columbia

    Vancouver’s 52-hectare Queen Elizabeth Park boasts beautiful evergreens — yes, their needles do stay green — alongside plenty of other trees that do make change for fall. The reds and yellows against a backdrop of green in this centrally-located park make it perfect for city dwellers who don’t want to stray too far from home. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wlcutler/" target="_blank">Wendy Cutler</a>

  • The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

    The Cabot Trail, which winds around the northern coast of Cape Breton, is known as one of the world’s most beautiful drives. If you head there in the first two weeks of October, you’ll be sure to see the fiery reds, oranges, crimsons and golds that make it a top leaf-peeping destination. Photo Credit:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/langille/" target="_blank"> gLangille </a>

  • Algonquin Provincial Park, Nipissing, Ontario

    Algonquin Provincial Park’s 7,725 square kilometres are perfect for spotting beautiful reds and oranges on all the spruce, ash, pine, aspen and maple trees that dot its every corner. While the end of September or early October make for excellent leaf peeping, middle to end of October is primetime for spotting aspens, tamaracks and red oaks at their peak vibrancy. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/axio/" target="_blank">松林L</a>

  • Stretching 470 km across Prince Edward Island, Confederation Trail is best seen on foot or bike. The abandoned railroad project is home to numerous maple and cherry trees that put fiery reds and oranges on display. Poplars, birches and beeches bring their bright yellows to the trail’s fall colour show too. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/14824807@N00/" target="_blank">Larry</a>

  • The Laurentian Mountains, Quebec

    Quebec’s known for its sugar maple trees, yellow birch and American beech, and the Laurentian Mountains are one of the best places to see them all change colours in the fall. Their metamorphosis tends to peak at the end of September and continues to mid- to late-October.

  • The Bruce Peninsula, Ontario

    With one of the best parts of the Bruce Trail in its midst, the Bruce Peninsula is home to plenty of trees — <a href="http://www.explorethebruce.com/bruce_peninsula.php" target="_blank">some more than 1000 years old</a> — best gazed upon from the end of September to the beginning of October. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmajane/" target="_blank">Emma Jane Hogbin Westby</a>

  • Fundy Coastal Drive, New Brunswick

    Deep pumpkin oranges and vibrant reds are the colours to be seen along this maritime journey. Fundy Coastal Drive’s peak leaf-peeping time is the first two weeks of October, making it perfect for a Thanksgiving weekend road trip. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tourismnewbrunswick/" target="_blank">New Brunswick Tourism</a>

  • Humber Valley, Corner Brook, Newfoundland

    Located in the picturesque town of Corner Brook, which sits on a hilly mountainside, Humber Valley’s autumn leaves attract thousands of tourists from far and wide each year.

  • Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba

    Fallgold Ash trees dominate Whiteshell Provincial Park, making it the perfect destination for anyone who loves peeping golden leaves. It even sits near the Ontario border, making it a popular spot for those in the neighbouring province to visit too.

  • Niagara Parkway, Ontario

    Niagara Parkway, also known as River Road, is famous for being called <a href="http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/travel/USA/story.html?id=84e8798f-e203-47ad-97c1-f07ba26fa721" target="_blank">“the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world” </a>by none other than Winston Churchill. It follows the Niagara River, dividing Canada and the US, and shows its best colours near the towns of Queenston and Niagara-on-the-Lake in early October. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/loozrboy/" target="_blank">Loozrboy</a>

  • Qu’Appelle River Valley, Lumsden, Saskatchewan

    Saskatchewan might not be the first province to come to mind when thinking of fall foliage — wheat fields are more prominent here — but if you head northwest of Regina, you’ll reach the town of Lumsden, which sits in the Qu’Appelle River Valley. There you can see some <a href="http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/travel/fall-colours-of-the--quappelle-valley-rail-tour-217206771.html" target="_blank">rare reds, oranges and yellows</a> when autumn comes to Saskatchewan.

  • The Rocky Mountains, Alberta

    While the Rockies are worth visiting any time of year, many consider September and October the best months for a couple of reasons: the summer tourists have gone home, and the reds and yellows of the sub-alpine larch and aspens have come out. Make sure to hike up to Lake Agnes from Lake Louise for one of the best viewing spots, or head to the more accessible Johnston’s Canyon and Tunnel Mountain if you’re near Banff. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/" target="_blank">Steve Jurvetson</a>

  • The Eastern Townships, Quebec

    The Eastern Townships of Quebec are well known for their spectacular fall colours starting from September and last all the way to November. The Sutton region is particularly good for leaf peeping, especially since chair lifts are run up to the top of Mont Sutton for a prime view of the entire area. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/britsinvade/" target="_blank">Rob Taylor </a>

  • Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

    Head northwest of Halifax to Annapolis Valley along the Evangeline Trail to places like Bear River and the Lookoff near<a href="http://canningnovascotia.ca/" target="_blank"> Canning, N.S.</a> to see breathtaking reds, oranges and yellows. Also make sure to stop off at Glooscap and Sunrise Trails -- staples for any fall foliage tour in this Maritime province.