Autumn is one of the most glorious seasons here in Sacramento. The trees come alive in a riot of fall color, making the already beautiful scenery sing. There are many spots you can go to in and around Sacramento to more fully appreciate the beauty of fall. Here is a look at the best places in Sacramento to enjoy the fall splendor.
If you ask Sacramento residents to name their perfect spots for a fall outing, the chances are that they will mention a trip to Apple Hill somewhere on the list. The Apple Hill Growers Association is a Sacramento institution that consists of more than 50 apple farms around the area. They are all open to the public for pumpkin and apple picking. One of the most popular members of the Apple Hill Growers Association is Dapper Dan’s, where visitors can delight in picking more than 50 kinds of apples.
Take in a River Cruise
One of the most gorgeous ways to enjoy a beautiful fall day is to take a cruise on the Sacramento River. A river cruise on the Hornblower is a phenomenal way to bask in the splendid foliage that lines the banks of the river. The cruise is not only visually appealing, but you will learn a lot of fascinating Sacramento history as well. Make sure to remember to bring your camera to capture the stunning views.
Have Fun at the Pumpkin Farm
The climate in Sacramento is perfect for growing pumpkins, which explains why there is an abundance of pumpkin farms in the area. Many of them are open to the public, and Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm is definitely one of the best. They have so many fun things to do, including train and wagon rides, pig races, a corn maze, a petting farm, crafts and loads of great food.
Bask in the Beauty of Capitol Park
As the state capital of California, Sacramento is home to a gorgeous capitol building that adds a sense of grandeur to the fall foliage. If you want to take one of the most iconic photographs in California, get a picture taken with the capitol building in the background when the fall color in Capitol Park is at its peak. One of the loveliest spots in Capitol Park is the World Peace Rose Garden. There are 650 rose bushes in this garden that come alive during October with their second bloom of the season.
One of the lesser-known spots to enjoy the fall colors is Spooner Lake. Although most locals are aware of its beauty, many of them keep Spooner Summit’s majesty a secret from visitors. The spot abounds with aspen trees that explode with color every autumn. You can find the Spooner Summit rest area at the junction of US Highway 50 and Nevada State Route 28. If you want to get an even better view, park your car and take a hike along the Tahoe Rim Trail. The views along the trail are beautiful all year, but they become simply magical during fall.
Fall is a great time to be in Sacramento. Make sure that you take some time to explore the most scenic areas of town every autumn. It is time well-spent that will satisfy your soul and recharge your batteries. Visit the spots on this list next time you are ready to experience the fall beauty of Sacramento.