How to See Fall Foliage in Wine Country
During the fall season, some parts of the U.S. see the most beautiful fall foliage right outside their doors. While the southern parts of California don’t see much change, Northern California is different. We have some of the most stunning fall foliage you can imagine! In particular, wine country pops with colorful grapevines, towering redwoods and vibrant silver maples.
If you’ll be traveling to Napa Valley this fall and want to see the color, here’s how to do it.
Travel the Silverado Trail
The Silverado Trail is a two-lane country road that’s lined in shady oaks and award-winning vineyards. There are so many wineries to visit, it would take you weeks to try them all! Enjoy a scenic drive and embrace the gorgeous tree-lined trail. The oaks change color in the fall, ranging from copper to bright red to burnt orange.
Take a Winery Tour
Take a walking tour through any winery and you’re sure to receive a visual treat! In the fall, the chlorophyll in the leaves breaks down and changes from green to yellow. When you look out into the vineyard, you’ll see sunny rows of vineyards that set the stage for the autumn season. Plus, many wineries plant specimen trees like silver maples and liquidambars to add color during the autumn season.
Explore Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Another place where you can see fall foliage is at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. Located south of Calistoga, Bothe-Napa Valley SP features the Redwood Trail alongside Ritchey Creek. It’s a beautiful, relaxing walk that allows you to see California’s native trees, such as black oaks and big-leaf maples. Literally – some of the maple leaves are bigger than your head! Ferns, wild grapes and spice bushes also add fall colors.
Visit Spring Lake Park
If you’re willing to venture out a bit, plan a visit to Spring Lake Park. You won’t be disappointed! There are guided hikes where you can learn all about Sonoma County’s plants, animals and natural resources. And, with 320-acres, you can spend the whole day here. The park offers places to fish, camp and grill alongside liquidambars, oak trees and pines.
Walk the Sonoma Overlook Trail
Another option outside of Napa Valley is the Sonoma Overlook Trail, which is roughly 15 miles away. It’s worth the drive, as downtown Sonoma sits against a beautiful hillside backdrop. You can explore the hillsides, get an amazing view of the Sonoma Valley and walk the easy trails. You’ll be surrounded in crisp coppers and ruby reds thanks to the abundant leaves, flowers, trees, branches and vines.
Planning a fall visit to wine country? Book your room with Napa Valley Hotel and Suites. You’ll be in the center of it all and able to take in the beautiful sights and smells of the fall season.