8 Family-Friendly Day Trips to View Fall Colors in California

Fall is well-underway and California’s mild weather allows for outdoor destinations to be enjoyed now through the end of November. Getting outside is the best way to put you in touch with the beauty of the changing seasons. You don’t have to be an experienced outdoor enthusiast or have older children to enjoy the great outdoors in simple ways. Here are a few of my family’s favorite fall day trips!* 

*Please note that I have excluded some of my favorite destinations in Northern California due to current fire restrictions that are still in place.


1 ) Apple Picking in Oak Glen, San Bernardino

If you’ve never been apple picking at a farm in Oak Glen, you want to pack up the car, get closed toes shoes and jackets for the kiddos and head out asap! Once you make it through the urban streets and crowded freeways so typical of Southern California, you’ll find yourself transported to a different world. The winding roads of the Oak Glen/Yucaipa area are lined with beautiful oak trees and orchard vistas. And the beautiful fall colors will be in full bloom from now through November. There are several wonderful apple-picking farms in Oak Glen, but my favorite is Los Rios Rancho.

Los Rios Rancho

Despite damage to their farm’s structures in recent fires, Los Rios Rancho’s outdoor U-Pick apple, and pumpkin area are open 7 days per week. Weekends offer various activities such as cider making, kids crafts, and wagon tours. Visit their website for more information, including how you can volunteer to help them rebuild and get through the recent destruction of the fires. 

Check out Red Tricycle’s reviews of the best apple picking in Los Angeles for a run-down of other awesome apple picking farms in Oak Glen to choose from.


2 ) Apple & Pumpkin Picking in Julian