Fall is a beautiful time of year in Northern California. Have you explored some of the state’s beautiful and colorful autumn landscapes? This list includes just some of the many stunning places to see the leaves change colors before winter.
Most Beautiful Fall Locations in Northern California
Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park is planted with many different types of trees, flowers, and other plants (especially in the Japanese Tea Garden). During the fall, these unique plants all change vibrant colors. It’s a beautiful escape from city life (and it’s in the city)!
Of all the regions on this list, Inyo County is the farthest from DVC. However, it is close to Death Valley and Las Vegas, so it’s a great stop on your way to Vegas (if you’re driving). It’s also a nice additional stop if you’re driving to Yosemite (the county borders Yosemite National Park).
Lake Tahoe is mainly coniferous trees (like pine trees) with leaves that do not change color. However, at the lower elevations, there are still stunning trees changing colors. Fall is an excellent time to hike in Tahoe.
Napa and Sonoma
Napa and Sonoma are filled with beautiful vineyards that have many different types of grapes. Each grape varietal will change colors at a different time, so if you visit Napa or Sonoma in the fall, there is a good chance that you will see some bright red and orange vineyards. (And if you don’t, you can always just drink wine and call the day successful!)
Santa Cruz Mountains
The Santa Cruz mountains have beautiful fall foliage, particularly in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Drive along Highway 9 and enjoy the beautiful scenery, or stop and camp for the weekend.
Yosemite is one of the most beautiful natural places in not just California, but the world. It is no surprise that the park is also gorgeous in the fall, when trees along its meadows and creeks change color.
Are you excited to see the leaves change color in California? Check out the website California Fall Color for more beautiful photos and information about fall in California. The website has an interactive map that shows when leaves are changing colors so you know the best time to visit each of these locations.