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There’s just something about this time of year that makes you want to wash your car, roll down the windows, and hit the open road. Maybe it’s the fall foliage, or maybe the fact that “summer” is in the air in San Francisco. Whatever it is, few could argue against the Bay Area as one of the best places in the world for fall road trips.

Fresh fall air, sun, trees. Nature is a magical thing, and according to some studies, can have strong healing powers—such as improving mood, boosting the immune system and increasing anti-cancer proteins. So get out there and enjoy (and bring home some healthy apples and pumpkins to enjoy later!)

Pumpkin hunting

Head to Half Moon Bay, to experience this coastal town that goes all-out for giant orange pumpkins every fall. Head to one of the many pumpkin farms in the area that offer fields of pumpkins to pick and photo opps galore.

Leaf peeping

The Bay Area usually doesn’t come to mind when you think of fall foliage. However, many locations around the region can definitely surprise you with their beautiful palette of colors. Try the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, Berkeley’s Tilden Park and the Santa Cruz Mountains along Highway 9.

It’s hard to beat Northern California Wine Country any time of year, but the rolling hills of Napa really rise to the occasion come harvest season during the fall months. While fall often brings to mind images of lush trees draped with brightly colored leaves, the rolling hills of Napa feature vines glowing in bright orange, red, and gold colors. Start at the south end of the valley on Highway 29 and wind your way through the small towns and big wineries on your way toward Calistoga.

Apple picking

The transition from summer to fall can only mean one thing—that apples are back in season! In the Bay Area, peak months for picking apples are September and October, so now’s the perfect time to plan a trip to one of our many local apple farms.

Plenty of apples can be found in the North Bay, especially in and around Sebastopol in western Sonoma County. Sebastopol is justifiably famous for its Gravenstein apples, a variety that you won’t find grown commercially anywhere else.


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