With fall in full swing you may be thinking that our vacation time for 2020 is over, but you could not be further from the truth.
There are many locations across the country that are beautiful in fall and, depending on what you look for in a vacation, can provide a much more relaxing experience than during other seasons.
While it is true that some destinations are amazing to visit whatever the weather – such as New York City – there are others that seem to bloom in fall.
It is easy to see why many television shows are set in California, as during fall the weather is the perfect temperament for exploring. While maybe not as warm as the summer, the sunny weather brings a sense of calm that the rainy, foggy winters just cannot compete with.
California is also a lot quieter in fall so you can visit most places without streams of tourists causing the long queues that nobody really likes.
If you are a fan of wine, fall is the ideal time to head to Napa Valley. While many believe that a winery should be visited during summer, waiting until the end of the season means that not only will you be able to get a more personal service, but you will also be able to see the beautiful colors of the grape leaves, perfect for those Instagram posts!
If fruit is your thing then why not stay in the area and head over to Julian and do a spot of apple picking? Famous for the gold rush of the 1800s, Julian is home to a myriad of orchards growing red and green apples ready for you to either pick or purchase from the roadside stalls that are dotted around the area.
Finish your visit off with a trip to any of the local cafes, such as Apple Alley Bakery that caters for most dietary requirements and has the ‘best most delicious pies’.
If you would rather spend time in the city then San Francisco in the fall is the perfect time to visit with the city’s best weather often occurring in September and November. Most days have warmer temperatures and it is the perfect time of year to head to beaches such as China Beach or Ocean beach.
The city also has festivals that are worth a look including a leather festival called The Folsom Street Fair or the wildly popular Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in October. Situated in Golden Gate Park, the festival holds three days of eating, drinking, dancing and some amazing music!
Those of you who are looking for a more serene experience should take in the Anza-Borrego State Park and nearby Borrego Springs which both provide the ideal setting for stargazing. While you could argue that this is an activity that is available all year round, fall provides less balmy evenings meaning you can look skywards in a more comfortable, clearer surrounding. The park is situated on the California/Mexico border and is close to Joshua Tree National Park so you could take in both of these natural beauties in one short trip!
If a driving holiday is your idea of a perfect vacation you need to head to Highway 395 where the fall colors will leave you looking everywhere except the road ahead.
This quiet area to the east of the Sierras is perfect for exploring while the aspen trees along the mountains turn a beautiful golden yellow during fall which make the already mouth dropping landscapes even more scenic. Just make sure you take enough food for a picnic on your day to the mountains, as you really do not want to miss anything by heading inside to eat.
Staying in the Sierras region drive over to Gold Country, one of the earliest settlements in the state and positioned snugly in the foothills of the mountains. While the area was busy during the 1849 Gold Rush you can visit the Columbia State Historic Park, which has a working blacksmith in the hope to make you feel as if you have stepped back in time to the gold rush era. You can even pan for gold in the streams however it is unlikely you will become rich from this activity.
Many of the local towns are frontier-style settings, such as Jackson, and a day out is always a good way to spend a few hours.
For those of you who prefer to do activities rather than look at the countryside there are many attractions available for you too. Why not spend a day shopping or explore the antique stores. Or even visit one of the caverns the area is famous for.
Wherever you decide to visit this fall be sure to stay safe and respect the locals rules implemented for the current health crisis and above all, have fun!