Autumn is a magical time in Napa Valley. From showstopping fall foliage to the sweet smell of crushed grapes wafting through the vineyards and the excitement of another successful harvest, there’s a certain electricity in the air. And while California is not necessarily known as a fall color destination, Napa Valley’s wide-open spaces and rows of vineyards turn into a patchwork of autumn brilliance from October-November. Here are some of the very best spots for leaf-peeping in Napa Valley:
- Far Niente Winery’s gingko-lined driveway. Remember to book a tasting if you want to take fall photos as appointments are required for access to the property.
- Downtown Yountville - Stroll down the tree-lined Washington Street or bike along Yount Mill Road for fabulous fall foliage and excellent photo-ops.
- The patio at ZD Wines - Book an afternoon tasting and enjoy the sun setting over rows of vineyards changing colors.
- Napa Valley Vine Trail - Rent a cruiser bike from Napa Valley Bike Tours or an e-bike from Fat Tire Bike Rentals and pedal past rows of vineyards turning colors.
- Cruise through the “tree tunnel” on Highway 29 between Beringer Winery and the Culinary Institute in St. Helena.
- Trefethen Family Vineyards - book an outdoor tasting and find the tree swing overlooking the vineyards for the perfect fall photo-op.
- Enjoy a leisurely drive down the Silverado Trail at golden hour to see the vineyards in full fall glory.
- Soar over the valley in a hot air balloon and treat yourself to a birds-eye view of the valley covered in a patchwork of autumn colors.
- Take a hike at Moore Creek Park around Lake Hennessey to see fall in all its untouched natural beauty.