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How to Experience Fall in Southern California

by Eugenia Lazaris

Oct 24, 2022

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So Cal may not be what many think of as the quintessential fall destination — warm temperatures and practically endless sunshine don’t exactly read “autumn.” But what many don’t realize is Southern California is so much more than sandy beaches and palm trees. For those in the know, there are plenty of great things for family travelers to do in Southern California that give a true sense of the fall season.


Despite being a vast concrete jungle, Los Angeles and the surrounding counties have their fair share of wide-open spaces ripe with farmland, creating great opportunities for fall activities like apple picking, hayrides and pumpkin patches to visit. Head to the hills of Oak Glen for rolling hillsides dotted with farms like Parrish Pioneer Ranch for a fun day of fall activities. The family will love picking apples, sampling local cider and shopping in Granny’s Attic. While you’re there, stop in for a meal at Angus McCurdy’s, the quaint restaurant housed in an 1867 barn.


Located about 90 minutes east of downtown Los Angeles by car, Oak Glen is nestled in the Little San Bernardino Mountains. As you head up the hill to this quaint little community, the change of scenery is enthralling and the feeling of fall is captivating. Oak Glen Road is an easy-to-follow loop, taking you through town where you can see fall colors and picturesque farms and shops. Oak Glen Road will make you forget you are just hours from the sandy beaches of Southern California.


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