It's never too early in fall to think about leaf peeping with kids. The Northeast might be front of mind, but we're looking at California for sensational fall vistas this year. We’ve rounded up two stunning California road trips, including all the adventures and Tik Tok/Instagram ready leaf peeping moments along the way. Think of it as this year's ultimate West Coast leaf-peeping guide.
Start with a visit to California’s turquoise gem—Lake Tahoe—then follow spectacular mountain routes to incomparable leaf peeping destinations: Mono Lake and the mountain-town fun of Mammoth Lakes; sensational National Parks - try the waterfalls and granite monoliths in Yosemite or the world’s largest living things at Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.
Stop 1: Lake Tahoe — Begin your trip at Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America. From September to November, trees in North Lake Tahoe transform with stunning hues of red, orange and yellow. Leaf peeping hikers should head to Page Meadows just south of Tahoe City seeking a wealth of trails that lead through miles of fall foliage.
Stop 2: Mono Lake — Just east of U.S. 395 near Lee Vining, an ancient saline lake looms so large you may think it's the ocean. Mono Lake is one of the oldest lakes in North America, one million years and counting! Watch the birds at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve or add guided paddling tours to your leaf peeping adventures.
Stop 4: Yosemite — Yosemite National Park is open and safe for travelers to visit just in time for leaf peeping season. Stop at what is known as "the grandest view in The West" — Glacier Point — which takes in all of Yosemite's major landmarks, including Half Dome's iconic profile and shimmering Vernal and Nevada falls.
Stop 5: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park — Last but not least, the giant sequoias at Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park will awe the whole family. Known best for its big trees, including General Sherman, the world's largest tree, the park also boasts bright fall colors.