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FALL COLOURS in Ky­oto, a lux­ury train through the Peru­vian An­des and a Stephen King-themed tour in Maine are the top travel ex­pe­ri­ences cho­sen by Cana­dian Geo­graphic Travel staff this fall.

KY­OTO, JA­PAN It was Ginkaku-ji that did it for me. See­ing pho­tos of the tem­ple’s grounds and the swoop­ing, cy­presssh­in­gled twin roofs of its Sil­ver Pav­il­ion framed by a fiery pal­ette of Ja­panese maples con­vinced me that fly­ing 10,000 kilo­me­tres to see Ky­oto’s fall fo­liage would be worth ev­ery penny. The for­mer im­pe­rial cap­i­tal is renowned for its burst of cherry blos­soms in spring, but that bloom is fleet­ing, last­ing only about two weeks. Its au­tumn colours, how­ever, pro­vide al­most two months of cal­en­dar­wor­thy photo ops, from Oc­to­ber through De­cem­ber. Add the likes of the equally pic­ture-per­fect Daigo-ji tem­ple or Okochi Sanso villa to your itin­er­ary and you may just be­gin to un­der­stand the Ja­panese rev­er­ence for na­ture. ky­oto­tourism.org —Rachel Levy-mclaugh­lin, edi­to­rial in­tern

BELMOND ANDEAN EX­PLORER, PERU South Amer­ica’s first lux­ury sleeper train takes the five-star hotelon-wheels ex­pe­ri­ence to new heights, quite lit­er­ally: with a peak el­e­va­tion of 4,313 me­tres in the La Raya moun­tain range, Peru’s Cusco-lake Tit­i­caca rail­way is the fourth high­est in the world. The two-night jour­ney be­tween Cusco and Are­quipa, two of Peru’s most im­por­tant cul­tural and his­toric sites, hardly seems enough time to fully ap­pre­ci­ate t he ameni­ties aboard Belmond’s Andean Ex­plorer, which in­clude sump­tu­ously fur­nished ob­ser­va­tion and din­ing cars, a spa and gourmet meals i nspired by tra­di­tional Peru­vian cui­sine — to say noth­ing of the breath­tak­ing scenery be­yond the win­dows. belmond.com —Alexan­dra Pope, so­cial me­dia ed­i­tor

BANGOR, MAINE “There’s some­thing ter­ri­bly wrong here in Derry,” says Mike Han­lon, a char­ac­ter in the 1990 tele­vi­sion minis­eries the much an­tic­i­pated re­boot of which looks set to scare the be­je­sus out of ev­ery­one when it hits Cana­dian the­atres on Sept. 8. Based on Stephen King’s chill­ing novel of the same name, the film is set in Derry, Maine, a town as fic­tional as the story’s mon­strous vil­lain, Pen­ny­wise. Still, King fans can see the next best thing in Bangor, the real-life in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Derry and the lo­ca­tion of SK Tours of Maine, which stops at 30 King-re­lated sites, in­clud­ing the Bar­rens (fea­tured in It), the ceme­tery where Pet Se­matary was filmed, and the de­cid­edly spooky home of the mas­ter of hor­ror him­self. sk-tours.com —Michela Rosano, as­so­ciate ed­i­tor

Clock­wise from left: The Belmond Andean Ex­plorer; the Ōkōchi Sansō villa in Ky­oto; the car from the Stephen King film Chris­tine in front of the au­thor’s home in Bangor, Maine.

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