Thought the East Coast had a monopoly on leaf-peeping? Think again with these California fall foliage destinations.

7 Gorgeous Places to See Fall Colors in California

Vibrant fall colors starkly contrast with Yosemite’s massive granite peaks.

Yosemite Valley

The perfect spot for some mid-fall backpacking with unbeatable views.

Sierra National Forest

"There are several excellent drives to take for top California leaf-peeping in the area, but start with one of the most well-known: take the Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway to Shaver Lake, and from there, Dinkey Creek Road to the McKinley Grove of Giant Sequoia." Susannah Edelbaum

Sip a little vino while leaf-peeping the grapevines — or opt for an alcohol-free hike.

Napa Valley

Take in the bark of the giant redwoods in the distance and vibrant reds of poison oak in the foreground.

Muir Woods

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See the full list of our favorite California fall spots here.