Fall is Here! Best Day Trip Ideas in SoCal Late 2022

Some folks might think that because southern California exists in such a temperate weather zone that it doesn't experience the visual majesty of autumn the way that other parts of the country do. However, when the calendar turns from summer to fall, southern California explodes into an autumnal wonderland and an explosion of colourful leaves. Now that fall is here, take a look at some of SoCal's best day trip ideas for this dynamic season.

Popular Day Trips Locations in SoCal

San Diego

Hiring a private boat charter San Diego is a great way to experience the sea while visiting a lively city. From haunted houses to apple-picking with lots in between, San Diego in the fall has something for everybody. All autumn long, San Diego is humming with activity.

If you hit San Diego during the first weekend of November, you can make a day out of visiting Old Town for Dia de Los Muertos. All weekend, the historic community will be celebrating with street food, vendors and family-friendly activities on San Diego Avenue. Many local restaurants will be offering special Dia de Los Muertos menu options along with live music and family-oriented activities like face painting and mask-making.

Legoland is in Carlsbad, CA, and besides offering a massive amount of fun to visitors, they put on Brick-or-Treat at Legoland on certain days beginning September 29 and running through October, until Halloween.

Visitors will experience fun, live entertainment and shows, as well as all of the stupendous visuals and inspiring hands-on activities offered at Legoland. Folks are even encouraged to come wearing their favourite costume.

Easy Plan Activities

pumpkin patch
If you're looking for easy to book activity consider whale watching San Diego. San Diego famously has some of the best whale sightings of any city on the west coast. You can still see the blue whales through September. Booking a whale watching excursion is as easy as nailing down your time frame and getting yourself and your family to the boat.

Apple picking is another activity that is fun and there are plenty of opportunities in the fall. There are loads of orchards in SoCal. Willowbrook Apple Farm in Oak Glen makes for an easy family-oriented experience where you can pick your own apples and make your own apple cider. Here are a few other choices for visiting orchards in SoCal:

Riley's Los Rios Rancho, Yucaipa, CA
Parrish Pioneer Ranch, Yucaipa, CA
Volcan Valley Apple Farm, Julian, CA
Snow Line Orchards, Oak Glen, CA

Another great, easy activity is to visit one of the local pumpkin patches. Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center has all sorts of family-friendly activities, like pony rides, hayrides, a straw maze, a bounce house, petting zoo. The general store is bursting with deliciousness, including their classic pumpkin fudge.

When summer turns to fall, the air cools to a comfortable temperature which has two tremendous effects: it makes for great outdoor-activity weather and it makes the leaves change colour. In other words, whatever you choose to do, you'll be doing it against the backdrop of colourful leaves, unless you're participating in San Diego whale watching, in which case your backdrop will be the splendid blue against blue of the sea and sky. Visit a sailing website today to book a cruise around SoCal's beautiful waters.


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