Autumn Outings: Find Your Fall Adventure

Fall is nigh; where will you pick out a pumpkin and sip apple cider, road trippers?

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Where to find golden foliage? has perfect spots around the state, when the trees are peaking. One beautiful location is Bidwell Park in Chico.
Visit California/David Collier
Where to find golden foliage? has perfect spots around the state, when the trees are peaking. One beautiful location is Bidwell Park in Chico.
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The annual Pumpkin Roll in Carmel-by-the-Sea is a seasonal charmer. Be in the village on Saturday, Oct. 7 for the downhill, gourds-on-the-go action. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Don Forthuber
The famous Carson Mansion of Eureka? You can't go inside, but you will recognize it, as it is often the image used on Halloween packaging and web sites. Taking a tour of the historic Humboldt County city's vintage abodes makes for an ideal autumn afternoon.
Winchester Mystery House
A house you can enter? The Winchester Mystery House, which is holding Candlelight Tours on select 2017 nights, beginning on Friday, Sept. 29.
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A wine trail drive, in a convertible or not, is a classic when harvest winds down and the temperatures begin to cool. The Silverado Trail in Napa Valley is one pretty pick, with wineries aplenty along the way.
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If you're fall-color-ing around Nevada City, which is known for its exquisite foliage, you might see some spooky decorations, should you call upon the Sierra foothills town later in October.
Erin Thiem
Of course, you could do Nevada City just for those notable tree hues, which really rev up, in earnest, once October gets going.
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The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off looks for the most gargantuan gourds a few days ahead of the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. The 2017 weigh-off puts the mega 'kins on the scales on Oct. 9. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Also in Half Moon Bay, on the pumpkin front? A special pumpkin spiced latte at The Ritz-Carlton, and pumpkin ales at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.
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Pumpkin-packed places like the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch also offer a host of activities. Does your tot want to play in the corn kernel sand box? Or race rubber duckies? Both are options. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pumpkin Nights
Go Gold County, and go Pumpkin Nights in Auburn, for a look at thousands of illuminated jack o' lanterns. Night #1? The glow begins on Friday, Oct. 13.
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One of the largest pumpkins in the whole state? A Mickey Mouse-inspired pumpkin at the Disneyland in Anaheim. Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort, which includes special attraction overlays, eerie eats, and more, is on through Oct. 31. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)
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The Eastern Sierra is famous for its aspen-autumn glow show. Pictured: Conway Summit.
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Corn mazes, those get-lost, giggle-a-lot labyrinths, are a fall-only staple. G&M Farms in Livermore and Dell'Osso Family Farm in Lathrop are just two corn-tastic spots around the region.
Roaring Camp
If trains are your fall-nostalgic pleasure, Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton and the Spookamotive in Sacramento are two choices. Also running fall-sweet trains in 2017? Railtown 1897, in Jamestown, a Gold Country treat.
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Pumpkin patches abound in autumn, with Arata's Pumpkin Farm in Half Moon Bay, the Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch, and several other squashy spots offering orange-amazing spreads.
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Apples, too, offer seasonal sweetness, and a day out at Hales Apple Farm in Sonoma County or Apple Hill at Placerville can provide lovers of tart sweets what they seek during their fall weekend drive.
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