Whether you’re hiking through the hills of Malibu or trekking through the forests of Big Sur, you’re bound to see some stunning glimpses of fall foliage this season—yes, even on the West Coast. Here are the best places to see fall leaves in California.
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Napa is home to some of the lushest landscapes in the state. So, it comes as no surprise that the region is also a prime destination for witnessing the ever-changing colors of fall leaves in California. The next time you head up north, consider stopping by Bothe-Napa Valley State Park—a thriving area which contains the farthest inland coast redwoods in a California state park. Not only will you see glimpses of autumn, but you’ll also be within distance to top-rated wineries too—talk about an all-in-one experience. For more information, visit www.parks.ca.gov.
While SoCal is best known for its palm trees, ocean views and incomparable beach vibe, the region does, in fact, show some signs of fall—you just have to look up to find it. The next time you find yourself in or near San Diego, consider venturing to Julian—SoCal’s most well-known and historic mining town. The city sits at 4,000-ft. elevation and is home to flourishing fall leaves, charming apple orchards and a small town culture that will make you completely forget you’re in California. For more information, visit www.visitjulian.com.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite is quintessentially perfect most any time of the year—and fall is no exception. Whether you’re hiking through the autumnal-hued landscapes on the ground or trying to catch a bird’s-eye view of the changing seasons from the top of Yosemite Valley, you can see (and enjoy) the wonders of fall from literally every perspective in this corner of California. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/yose.
June Lake is home to so many pristine aspen trees—and come fall, the tree’s leaves change to exude radiant and golden color tones (somehow becoming even more beautiful). Set against the backdrop of towering granite mountains, the region feels less like a tangible destination and more like a scene straight out of a storybook. For a truly sweeping and unforgettable view of a California fall, be sure to drive along the June Lake Loop when you adventure to the area. For more information, visit www.junelakeloop.com.