Fall for a Getaway
There’s still time to take advantage of fall’s cooler temperatures and scenic landscapes before the true cold season hits—and holiday madness begins. Even a day long trip to a nearby town can provide the escape you need to make it through the end of the year. But if you’re looking to venture farther afield and need a little inspiration, we have a few ideas. For instance, you might head to lush Silver Falls State Park in Oregon, Canyon de Chelly in Arizona or small-town Healdsburg in California's Sonoma County. And, of course, a weekend in Lake Tahoe is always a pleasure, particularly in autumn.
You don’t need to hightail it to New England to experience the splendor of fall’s annual explosion of color. Plenty of forested spots in the West put on their own stunning displays in nuanced shades of yellow, red, and gold. Even California has something to offer. Click the following links for suggestions: Where to See Fall Color in the West | Fall color road trip in Utah
Check out California Fall Color’s regularly updated Fall Foliage Map for peak viewing times in the Golden State.
Like pumpkins, apples are a sure sign of autumn’s arrival. Enjoy them every which way at Apple Hill in Placerville, California, an idyllic setting with dozens of farms and apple orchards. In Washington state, Bellewood Farms in Lynden is a u-pick paradise with multiple apple varieties and a train that takes visitors through the orchards. Or take home gobs of sweet Jonagolds from nearby Apple Creek Orchards. (Click here for opening day updates). Can't wait? Pick up a slice of pie on the way.
Cozy Up with a Cup of Joe
Coffee is a year-round delight, but there’s something extra cozy about sipping your favorite coffee drink from a real mug in a local coffee shop. Take fifteen minutes to sip, savor, and relax at one of these top coffee shops in the West. If your favorite mug is the one you find at home, try this easy recipe for a pumpkin spice latte. Rather skip the caffeine altogether in favor of something scrumptious? These beloved bakeries won’t disappoint.
Nothing says fall quite like the appearance of a certain popular orange gourd, and the world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, on California's Highway 1, celebrates the pumpkin like no place else. The Monday before the event, the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off pits gigantic gourd against gigantic gourd to determine the world’s heavyweight pumpkin champion. The winner and runner-ups are on display during the festival, Oct. 19–20, which also features other pumpkin- and harvest-themed attractions.