Places To Knowz This Fall In Southern California

Myka Javier

Excited for Fall? Knowz recommends some activities and places you can go to in Southern California to get the ultimate autumn experience!


Say goodbye to summer because Fall is fast approaching in the next few weeks! In Southern California, it might be a different experience than the rest of the country. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be cooler weather and amazing fall foliage. It’s also one of the best times of the year to make that spontaneous weekend getaway you’ve been craving for! 

Celebrating this autumn season might also feel different as certain restrictions still exist in some areas. But there are ways to make this season extra special, whether you wanted some me-time or you wanted to spend time with family. Knowz is here to help you make informed decisions as you go on your adventure. 

We’ve rounded up some recommended Fall activities you can do in Southern California: 

What Knowz Recommendz! 

See Fall Foliage

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Descansco Gardens

While it’s always wonderful to visit at any time of the year, fall in Descanso Gardens isn’t like any other. Plan a whole day out of it to explore and take in all the beautiful fall foliage the Gardens has to offer. You’ll find roses, camellias, ginkgo, toyon berries, and more in bloom during autumn months. We recommend going this October to get the best experience!

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Town of Julian

A historic gold mining town, Julian is an hour drive from San Diego and it’s tucked away in the Cuyamaca Mountains. If you’re looking for the ultimate fall experience, Julian is a great place for a day trip or even a weekend getaway. It’s known for its apple harvest and fall colors, and it has a full mining history with charming shops lining up the streets. But the best of all? The Julian Pie Company’s Dutch Apple Pie has always been a reason for a visit!

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Oak Glen

Want to get a taste of fall? Take an hour and a half drive from Los Angeles to Oak Glen. Known for its brightly colored black walnut and oak trees during autumn months, it’s snuggled in the heart of apple country. Aside from the fall foliage, you can also visit orchards and local ranches to go apple picking and drink homemade apple cider. 

Start Picking Pumpkins

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Underwood Family Farms

A family favorite during autumn season, Underwood Family Farms has been around for over 35 years. They’re in two Ventura County locations, one in Moorpark and the other in Somis. If you’re looking for a fun day with the family, their annual Fall Harvest Festival is filled with activities such as wagon rides, corn mazes, and photo opportunities. And of course, you can pick your own pumpkins and visit the Pumpkin House! 

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Tanaka Farms

One of the only pumpkin patches in Southern California, Tanaka Farms has a rich history as a family run farm. They offer tons of fun activities such as a wagon ride around the farm, petting zoo, and of course, you can pick pumpkins right off the vine! Their pumpkin patch opens on September 18th and all through to October 31st, but make sure to visit their website first for details and tickets!

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Pa’s Pumpkin Patch

Looking for country fair vibes? Pa’s Pumpkin Patch is the way to go! A local favorite for families, school field trips and children’s birthday parties, you can enjoy a harvest-themed weekend of booth games, carnival slides, and fun houses! They also offer a variety of pumpkins to choose from, as well as haystacks, corn stalks, and gourds! Check their website for more details.

Take A Cabin Trip

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Big Bear Lake

Known for its panoramic views of surrounding mountains, pine-scented mountain air, and outdoor activities, Big Bear Lake is your fall destination for some R & R. It’s tucked away in San Bernardino National Forest, just two hours east of Los Angeles. While there are hotels you can stay at, we recommend renting cabins to get that Big Bear experience.

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Nestled in San Jacinto Mountains, just two hours from downtown Los Angeles, Idyllwild is the most well-known in the region for its bright pine trees and huge boulders. If you’re looking for small town vibes with some artsy culture, spending a weekend in Idyllwild might just be the perfect getaway for you!

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Lake Arrowhead

If you’re looking for some beautiful natural scenery, Lake Arrowhead is attractively rustic and upscale. It’s also less crowded than its neighboring Big Bear Lake! Located within the “Alps of Southern California,” there are tons of cabins available in the area to choose from! The village also offers some independent boutiques, outdoor attractions, and activities that you can do to take in the whole experience.

Knowz Before You Go This Fall

Where’s the best place to witness fall foliage? Are the pumpkin patches full? Are some shops in the village near your cabin open? Not knowing all this information can be daunting! This is why Knowz provides you with real-time status of the places near you. Find out your options and get the best recommendations to make informed decisions on the go! With Knowz, staying on top of your favorite places’ status this season becomes easier with just one mobile app. 

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