Fall Activities in California

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See the leaves change

The leaves changing color through the fall in California put on a spectacular show. Track where the leaves are at their peak around the state and head out to see them. Consider going to the High Sierra or Shasta Cascade regions in September and October and the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley in November.

Explore Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is 1,169 square miles of exceptionally beautiful wilderness. See spectacular granite formations, cliffs, domes, waterfalls, giant sequoias, rivers, and waterfalls. If you prefer to avoid the snow, make your trip before October 15.

Feast your eyes on Big Sur

Big Sur might just be one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. Enjoy remote beaches, waterfalls, restaurants perched on sea cliffs, rare blue waters, hikes with great views, and one incredible highway – California State Route 1 – that takes you through it all.

Spend time in Santa Barbara

The southern coastal city of Santa Barbara is called the American Riviera for its Mediterranean climate and luxurious lifestyle, including wine tastings, art showings, year-round fabulous farmers markets, hip restaurants, and biking baths along the beach.

Honor service members on Veterans Day

November 11 is observed annually as Veterans Day, honoring all of the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Pay your respects by attending a Veterans Day parade; find locations here.

Eat apple pie

Apple pie is always a treat, but it’s best when the apples are in season. Watch this video to see how this iconic American dessert is made. Try making one yourself, or order a slice from a restaurant or bakery. If anyone asks, go for it à la mode (that’s with ice cream on top).

Give thanks on Thanksgiving

On November 26, gather with friends at a home or restaurant, express your thanks for what’s good in life, and eat a fabulous meal together. The traditional American Thanksgiving feast includes roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, and pumpkin pie. Make reservations at a restaurant near you at Open Table.

Go to a football game

Watch the Oakland Raiders, LA Rams, or San Francisco 49’ers play professional football at O.co Coliseum or Levi’s Stadium. It’s also fun (and cheaper!) to go to college games at Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, University of Southern California, and UCLA. Get tickets to a live game if you can, or head to a local sports bar where fans watch the games (for the price of a beer) on TV.

Get lost in a corn maze

The United States grows more corn than any other country in the world. In the fall, many farmers invite visitors to make their way through a corn maze, an intricate path system carved into the cornfield. It’s a little scary – perfect for Halloween season – and a lot of fun.

Go to a fall festival

At the Treasure Island Music Festival there will be a showcase of hip hop and electronic music performed, as well as indie and rock music during the second day. Take a ride on the giant ferris wheel or participate in the craft workshops. Interested in trying a variety of barbeque? The San Francisco BBQ Festival takes place on October 22nd.

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