5 Picture Perfect Fall Day Trips from Sacramento

An overhead shot of a car driving past golden aspen trees in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

5 Picture Perfect Fall Day Trips from Sacramento

October 28, 2022 | By The Railyards

The weather is finally cooling down and the leaves are turning. Fall is one of the best seasons to appreciate the wealth of natural beauty that surrounds us in Sacramento. Whether you're in the mood for apple donuts or whale watching, get inspiration for your autumn adventures with these 5 picturesque road trips just an hour or two from the city.

Apple Hill - 1 Hour from Sacramento

Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Foothills just outside of Placerville, Apple Hill has become a beloved family tradition over the years. This is the perfect spot to get outside of the city and enjoy the cool fall weather. Pick up a batch of fresh apple donuts from a bakery, or take the family to a pumpkin patch or apple picking.

Amador County - 1 Hour from Sacramento

Amador County is an inviting road trip just an hour outside of Sacramento. Wine country in the Sierra Nevada Foothills is one of the best places to watch the rolling vineyards transform into autumn gold. Enjoy wine tasting at local favorites like Helwig Vineyards, Jeff Runquist Wines, and Cooper Vineyards. You can also explore nearby sites like Black Chasm Cavern or take a walking tour of a historic Gold Rush town.

Golden vineyards in California.

Napa Valley - 1 ½ Hours from Sacramento

Autumn is the perfect time of year to visit California's famed wine country. Head into Napa Valley to see the colorful vineyards. Visiting on the shoulder season from November through springtime can be a wonderful way to save a bit of money and avoid crowds. Plus, the region offers more than just wine - this is the perfect time of year to take a hot air balloon ride over the valley and see the exquisite fall colors from the sky, or to check out this list of Napa destinations for whiskey lovers.

Hope Valley - 2 Hours from Sacramento

Just two hours outside of the city, Hope Valley offers some of the most beautiful autumn colors in the area as the region's Aspen Trees turn the valley gold. The timing for the foliage's best colors is often in September and October, although the timing can change from year to year so it’s always best to check before heading up the hill.

Tule Elk in Point Reyes, California.

Point Reyes - 2 ½ Hours from Sacramento

Along the rocky Northern California coast, in autumn the fog rolls out, and many different species of wildlife pass through. Bird watchers visiting Point Reyes enjoy sightings of Heron and Warblers in the Fall, and lucky visitors may also spot migrating whales in November all the way through May, or Tule Elk from August through October.

Sacramento is surrounded by beautiful scenery and a wealth of family-friendly fun to enjoy in Autumn. Searching for more ideas for something closer to home this season? Discover 10 local Sacramento events this Fall.

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