There’s just something about this time of year that makes you want to wash your car, roll down the windows, and hit the open road. Maybe it’s the fall foliage, or maybe the fact that “summer” is in the air in San Francisco. Whatever it is, few could argue against the San Francisco Bay Area, California, and the west coast as one of the best places in the world for fall road trips. Today we spotlight a few of the best fall drives on the west coast.
We’ve officially turned the calendar to autumn, and though it’s hard saying goodbye to summer, fall has plenty offer in Sonoma County. Harvest of all types - grapes, apples, pumpkins and a variety of other vegetables - is kicking into gear and you can get a taste of it all in one weekend.
You don’t have to be a history buff to understand how the discovery of gold pretty much put California on the U.S. map. The Gold Rush began in 1849 and by the fall of 1850 California became the country’s 31st state. But a little bit of history goes a long way in places likes Sacramento and Placerville. You’ve cruised through both places a hundred times on the way to Lake Tahoe, so while you’re counting the days until snow, take a weekend to strike getaway gold.
The Windy City’s food scene is heating up thanks to trailblazers like Alinea’s Grant Achatz. Here’s a trial by fire for weekenders.
You’ve splashed around all summer – but water, schmater. When you’re thirsting for drier digs, nothing beats a Fall getaway to Sedona, Arizona. Get ready for convertible-worthy temps, jaw-dropping scenery, and that inimitable new-agey vibe.
Walk into your typical wine tasting room and what sounds do you expect to hear? It’s likely to be the clinking of glasses and maybe the sound of classy instrumental music. But what about Sting belting out the chorus of "Roxanne"? While you might imagine that from a dive bar on a weekend night, it’s probably not what you expect upon walking into a tasting room, and especially not one in the Napa Valley in the town of Yountville.
Mexico sometimes seems worlds away, but in reality, it's just a few hours away by plane–especially if you're jetting to the idyllic coastal town of Puerto Vallarta. And though SF's Indian Summer is currently in full swing, soon we'll all be wishing we could escape to one of Puerto Vallarta's beaches, ice cold margarita in hand.
There’s a certain timelessness to train travel. Maybe it’s the kid within us all who is taken back to childhood memories of playing with our toy train sets, or maybe memories of singing and dancing to Quad City DJ’s C'mon N' Ride The Train, although more likely the former. As “old timey” as it may be, there’s a certain draw to train travel, since it typically offers access to places that you just can’t get from driving. Today, we’re featuring a few of the best train trips on the west coast.