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Fall Colors near Los Angeles

Los Angeles has a reputation of a summer destination, but it can have an autumn vibe as well


Last updated: by Mariana Maglych
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Multiple parks and gardens in LA start to burst with colors just around Halloween time. The season from mid-October until the end of November gives the most significant chance for a memorable leaf-peeping experience.


There is no need to travel far from Los Angeles to see the fall foliage. Many botanical gardens are located right in the city, such as the Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens. In November, trees like sweetgum, lion’s ear, and many others begin to change their palette to golden, crimson, amber, and yellow. Other botanical gardens, famous for their fall colors, include the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden. Descanso Gardens, in addition to autumn leaves, impresses with berries, roses, and sasanqua camellias in the middle of the autumn season.


Oak Glen is an excellent place to try cider, eat doughnuts and enjoy the scenery. To fully immerse yourself into nearby nature, drive the 5 mi (8 km) loop around the area. Malibu Creek State Park, covered with sycamores and valley oak trees, is perfect for a fall hike or a walk. Mount Wilson Observatory is a good place to check the city from a bird's eye view and appreciate how the fall foliage transforms the scenery.


Besides the marvelous views, Lake Arrowhead is known for the biggest Oktoberfest in the region. It is traditionally held from mid-September to the end of October. Big Bear Lake is another fantastic spot with peak foliage season from mid-October to the beginning of November. Here you can see golden oaks, aspens, and cottonwoods.

Surrounded by Angeles National Forest, San Bernardino Mountains, and Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles has no shortage of excellent hiking routes and beautiful vistas that look more gorgeous than ever in the fall. However, to see the real abundance of fall foliage, you have to go north to Wine Country or Lake Tahoe.

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