Rowing boats in a lake beneath cherry blossom.

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Great autumn escapes

From cherry blossom to tranquil beaches, now’s the time to see these scenic spots

London: Flowers and runners and boaters

You’re never guaranteed good weather in London—rain is part of its charm—but the spring, at least, brings the blooms of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew and the Chelsea Flower Show (stunning enough to interest even those who don’t care about flowers), and a shift from winter coat to windbreaker. If you arrive in April, grab a pint and feel like a local while cheering on the runners of the London Marathon; or if you visit in March, head to the Thames for the Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race, which is about as London as it gets.

Tokyo: The cherry on top

All the usual reasons to visit Tokyo still hold true—the dizzying and dazzling neon-lined streets, the food (Tokyo holds the record for the most Michelin-starred restaurants in a city), the non-stop energy, the glorious feelings of disorientation. But springtime brings a literal cherry on top: cherry blossom season, when the city is adorned with pink and white blooms. You’ll find peak hanami (cherry blossom viewing) at Ueno Park, Shinjuku Gyoen and along the Sumida River.

Singapore: Full of flora

True, it’s always warm and tropical in Singapore, and yep, there’s a decent chance it will rain no matter when you come. But the good news is that the showers quickly pass and the better news is that spring is the post-monsoon season, which means the gardens and parks are in full bloom, offering a jaw-dropping display of flora. And it’s not just at ground level: look up, and see where vegetation dots the walls of the skyscrapers. Singapore prides itself as a green city, and in this case it’s literal.

Bali: Waterfalls and zen

Late spring is the “Goldilocks” time to visit Bali—not too hot and not too cold. The wet season has just ended and the tourist season (starting in July) has yet to begin, giving you easy access to the regenerating wellness vibes of Ubud (like “spiritual cleansing”), waterfalls and rice terraces, magnificent sunrise hikes at Mount Batur (start by 4am), and of course the beaches—Seminyak gets the hype but don’t sleep on the up-and-coming Canggu.

Fiji: The three Ss

The wet season ends in April in Fiji, which clears the skies and lowers the chance of tropical storms. This is the best time to swoop in before tourist season starts in the summer: You can do more island-hopping when it’s less crowded, and you’ll still have warm enough weather for Fiji’s classic “three Ss” of swimming, snorkelling and snoozing on the beach.