This Year’s West Coast Guide to Fun Fall Activities
Now that we’ve bid adieu to the summer season, we’re putting all our energy into planning the best fall season yet, packed with fun fall activities. Apple-picking, crisp air, crunching leaves, cozy cabins—we’re...

Now that we’ve bid adieu to the summer season, we’re putting all our energy into planning the best fall season yet, packed with fun fall activities. Apple-picking, crisp air, crunching leaves, cozy cabins—we’re running out of reasons not to make this beloved season last all year long. And while the East Coast may get most of the love when it comes to autumn (see: jaw-dropping foliage), the West Coast wows all the same with its very own lineup of changing leaves, nature retreats and fall-themed fetes.

From Washington to Southern California, food and wine fests to cabin retreats, we’ve curated the only guide you’ll need to experience the very best of fall in each western state. Time to sip, savor and celebrate autumn, West Coast style!

Reporter: Erica Nichols

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Los Alamos Weekend Getaway
Los Alamos, California

The resurgence of this small Western town on the edge of the Santa Ynez Valley has left us itching to get back there ASAP. Come fall, you’ll want to carve out a weekend for this hidden gem lined with tasting rooms, Michelin-worthy eats and cool antique finds.
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Bay Point Landing
Coos Bay, Oregon

In the cooler months, adventurers will be called to Bay Point Landing. This luxury campsite creates a totally unique atmosphere where nature is just steps away from modern amenities. Take your pick from an airstream, cabin, or RV sites and relax into a refreshing weekend getaway.
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Idaho Hot Springs

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Cool Fall mornings are best enjoyed while soaking in one of Idaho’s soothing hot springs. Tucked away on nature trails and mountain hideaways, these hot springs take retreating into nature to a whole new level. At night, soak while you stargaze for a completely unforgettable experience.
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Whidbey Island Weekend Getaway at Captain Whidbey
Coupeville, Washington

This fall, Captain Whidbey will be calling your name for a couple’s or friends’ weekend trip. Nestled into peaceful woodlands hugging the coast of Whidbey Island, this rustic retreat charms with cozy cabins, hidden staircases and plenty of space to unwind.
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Road Trip to the Grand Canyon

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The road trip of all road trips—the Grand Canyon is calling! This World Wonder always wows with its jaw-dropping sights, but it’s especially true in the cooler months when the crowd thins out from summer. Rent an RV for a comfortable drive that fits everyone and check out this local glampsite to camp in style.
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Attend an Outstanding in the Field Dinner

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We’re petitioning to make communal dinners a regular thing—and so is Outstanding in the Field! Throughout October and November, the farm-to-table experience will move up and down the California coast, hosting guests right at the source of where their food comes from.
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Fall Dinner at Campfire

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With campfire aesthetic at the heart of this Carlsbad eatery, you and your crew can enjoy the perfect autumnal hangout over a live fire-cooked meal on Campfire’s indoor/outdoor terrace. To complete the experience, be sure to order some s’mores for dessert!
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Under Canvas Zion
Virgin, Utah

Plan a couple’s retreat at this modern glampsite, bordering Zion National Park. On these expansive 196 acres, you and your S.O. will be minutes away from breathtaking trails and adventures among Zion’s crisp fall air and beloved red rock formations.
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Drinks at The Mountaineering Club
Seattle, Washington

Take in the fall views from Graduate Seattle’s 16th floor Mountaineering Club. While sipping on smart libations, your crew can take in panoramic sights of the city, Mount Rainier and Puget Sound. If hunger strikes, their menu of local fare will hit the spot.
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Fall Fest 2019
Sedona, Arizona

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Celebrate autumn surrounded by the natural beauty of Sedona. On October 5, Oak Creek Canyon will come alive with Slide Rock State Park’s annual Fall Fest. Bring a picnic and check out the park’s exhibits and demonstrations while enjoying the stunning surroundings. Plus, the park has a working apple orchard to explore for total fall vibes.
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“Alpine Splendor” Roadtrip

Fiery foliage and peaceful wildlife are on the agenda for your next Alpine Splendor road trip. With this detailed guide, you can experience all of the sights and sounds of Utah’s mountains on your own autumn driving tour. Along the way, make pit-stops to immerse yourself in even more of this state’s stunning beauty on bike or foot.
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Northwest Food and Wine Festival
Portland, Oregon

Gather your friends for an evening of gourmet celebrations at the Northwest Food and Wine Festival on November 9. Now in its 14th year, this Portland tradition brings together the region’s top chefs, winemakers, and enthusiasts for an immersive and delicious experience.
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Coachman Hotel

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This modern motel embraces lake life to the fullest with cool woodsy decor that blurs the lines between the great outdoors and stylish comfort. Enjoy the crisp morning air with a cup of coffee and at night, unwind with your group in the hot tub or by the fire pits.
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Volunteer Park Conservatory
Seattle, Washington

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This world-class botanical garden hosts a number of events throughout the year, in addition to being an everyday favorite among locals in need of a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city living. Tour the five display houses in this stunning conservatory during your next Seattle getaway.

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