Where to See Fall Colors in the Bay Area
If you are looking to get your fall fix, you don’t have to head to the east coast to check out the changing leaves. The Bay Area has a bunch of spots where the leaves change to all shades of orange, red, yellow and brown. Here are a few of our favorites:
San Francisco Botanical Garden. This 55-acre garden in Golden Gate Park is full of fall foliage – from the ginko trees that change to a bright gold to the dogwoods that go deep purple-red. Head to the Moon Viewing Garden to see what color the Japanese maple leaves are. Follow the Garden on social media to see how the leaves are changing on a daily basis. Open 7:30am with last entry at 5pm. $8 adults, $6 ages 12-17, $2 ages 5-11, 4 and under FREE. Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way. .
Filoli Gardens. Filoli’s Autumn Festival on Sept. 23 kicks off the fall season at this world-renowned garden in Woodside. Check the calendar for docent-led orchard walks during the fall when you can experience all the color that Filoli has to offer. Tue.-Sun. 10am-5pm. $20 adults, $10 children, 4 and under FREE. 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. .
Rancho San Antonio Preserve. The maples, oaks and flowering persimmon trees at this spot in Cupertino are a feast for the eyes this time of year. Stop by Deer Hollow Farm to check out the animals before you head off on one of the many hikes that the preserve has to offer. Open a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset. FREE. 22500 Cristo Rey Drive, Cupertino.
Tilden Regional Park. The hills above Berkeley will call you with their ever-changing leaf colors. Head to the botanical garden to witness the colorful leaves of the cottonwood and dogwood trees, among others. Tilden Little Farm is another attraction that the kids adore. The park is open 5am-10pm, botanical garden 8:30am-5pm. FREE. 2501 Grizzly Peak Boulevard, Orinda.
Napa Wine Country. The changing colors of the grape leaves draw visitors to wine country each fall. Head to the Anderson Valley or Dry Creek areas to see some majestic reds and oranges. If you time your visit well, you might luck out and glimpse some of the crush season activities that happen during October.
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. This is a great spot to set up a tent and explore during the fall months. Follow the Redwood Trail to find colorful maple leaves in addition to the trail’s namesake giants. 8am-sunset. Camping fees apply, day-use FREE. Highway 29/128, Napa.