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4 Northern California Fall Trips

Fall is the perfect time of the year to take trips, be outdoors, and see the beautiful and warm shades of the season. Whether you’re a fall foliage buff or just in the mood to take scenic drives along West Coast’s most picturesque shorelines, wine valleys, or flourishing parks, these fall attractions around Northern California will definitely leave you wanting to pack your things and just go:

Yosemite National Park

In the fall, driving through the scenic Yosemite National Park can be the perfect time to see wonderful shades of fall colors that contrast with the park’s renowned evergreens. Apart from almost endless views of majestic valleys, waterfalls, and steep cliffs, Yosemite is also one of the best places to see fall foliage in California.

South Lake Tahoe

For many, South Lake Tahoe is a winter destination with many famous ski resorts offering views of snow-covered mountains. But if go there in the fall, expect to witness a fall wonderland in this region that explodes with the colors of aspen, maple, oak trees and more. Get there soon as sudden frost can cause the leaves to drop very quickly.

Big Sur

If you’re a roadtrip fanatic who enjoys the views of the outdoors, the quaint Big Sur could be your next destination. With miles of scenic views along the Pacific Coast Highway, Big Sur offers views of almost endless ocean on one side and the brilliant-looking cliffs on the other. Along the way, make a few stops along the picturesque, wine cities of Monterey and Carmel and enjoy views of vast grape farms and fall-colored hills. Plan your visit during mid-October to mid-November, while the sky is sunny and the weather is not too chilly and just right.

Napa Valley

Harvest season is in! Now is the best time to go on a fall trip to one of California’s most popular wine and wedding destinations -- Napa Valley. This well-known destination is said to have more than 45,000 acres of vineyards, making it the making it one of the largest winegrowing regions in the United States. With over 300 wineries, offering both vintage and modern vibes, stop in for a wine tasting while overlooking the beautiful, fall landscape.

Bonus: November is considered as the “shoulder season” for many hotels and resort which means you have a greater chance of getting a good deal before the holidays rush.

Photo credits: Celso Diniz/ - South Lake Tahoe, Michael Warwick/ - Napa Valley, Paul B. Moore/ - Yosemite Valley