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: 

  1. 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. 
  2. Downtown Yountville - Stroll down the tree-lined Washington Street or bike along Yount Mill Road for fabulous fall foliage and excellent photo-ops.  
  3. The patio at ZD Wines - Book an afternoon tasting and enjoy the sun setting over rows of vineyards changing colors.
  4. 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.
  5. Cruise through the “tree tunnel” on Highway 29 between Beringer Winery and the Culinary Institute in St. Helena. 
  6. Trefethen Family Vineyards - book an outdoor tasting and find the tree swing overlooking the vineyards for the perfect fall photo-op.  
  7. Enjoy a leisurely drive down the Silverado Trail at golden hour to see the vineyards in full fall glory. 
  8. 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. 
  9. Take a hike at Moore Creek Park around Lake Hennessey to see fall in all its untouched natural beauty.