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Big Bear Lake fall colors near 442 Residencs apartments in downtown Long Beach

Where to See the Fall Colors This November

It’s not too late to see the fall colors this November – and many of the most magical spots are just a few hours from 442 Residences. The San Bernardino National Forest is home to Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake, where you’ll see oaks, willows, dogwoods, and other deciduous trees all dressed up in their brilliant autumn attire. Nearby, Oak Glen is another destination to take in the seasonal hues and get in some apple picking as well. Or head south to Orange County and explore the region’s extensive park system, all ablaze with flamboyant fall foliage. If you’re looking for something closer to home, check out South Coast Botanical Garden on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. No matter where you point your compass, you’ll discover a festival of fall colors this November.



Big Bear Lake


Autumn in Big Bear Lake – the self-proclaimed Falltacular Season – is a truly magical time in the grassy expanse known as Bear Valley. The breathtaking fall foliage is the highlight of the season, with aspens, maples, oaks, and elms proudly displaying their crimson, yellow, and orange hues against the evergreen forest. Discover numerous ways to take it all in, from guided Segway tours to horseback riding, 4X4 Jeep adventures, zip lining, hiking, mountain biking, and even a simple walk through the neighborhood.



Lake Arrowhead


Situated in the majestic mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest, widely known as “The Alps of Southern California,” is one of the West Coast’s best kept secrets – Lake Arrowhead. This cozy and quaint mountain retreat features countless outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, backpacking, bicycling, skiing, fishing, and much more. With the stunning scenery and wildlife, you’ll experience a natural peacefulness that has lured people to these mountains for centuries.





Nestled in the San Jacinto mountains and set among tall pines, sweet smelling cedars, and legendary rocks, Idyllwild is known for its friendly small town atmosphere and dramatic scenery. If you’re ready to escape from noisy city life, this is the town for you. Idyllwild has day hikes for the quick weekend getaway, as well as high country treks for longer overnight hiking journeys. After an exhilarating day in the woods, explore the town’s locally owned shops and restaurants.



Apple Picking in Oak Glen


One of the most scenic spots in Southern California, Oak Glen is nestled in the heart of Apple Country, located in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains. Fall harvest is underway and the orchards are open for you to pick your own mountain tree fresh apples, raspberries and pumpkins. Explore and hike the vast and beautiful offerings of nature at The Wildlands Conservancy, take a horse drawn wagon ride through the orchards, and marvel at fall colors as brilliant as those of New England. Afterwards, enjoy homemade cider, hot apple pie, and other fresh baked apple treats at one of the family restaurants. Find Oak Glen farms HERE




Laguna Coast Wilderness Park 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd. Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Home to more than 7,000 acres of coastal wilderness preserve, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park lies within some of the last remaining coastal canyons in Southern California. Forty miles of trails lead the visitor through oak and sycamore woodlands and up onto ridges where rocky bluffs tower above the canyon trails. Visitors will be treated to vibrant autumn vistas that comprise this woodland area. Whether you prefer hiking, biking, or horseback riding, this vast network of trails provides an active way to capture the rich picturesque glow offered by the change in seasons.



Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park 28373 Alicia Parkway Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Located south of Highway 133 and the 73 Freeway, the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park offer some 4,500 acres of wilderness and natural open space land. Within the park lands are mature oaks, sycamores, and elderberry trees, two year-round streams, and more than 30 miles of official trails. Designated as a wildlife sanctuary, many rare and endangered plants and animals make this park their home. For a truly magnificent view, hike up to the Top of the World, a must-visit vantage point along the West Ridge. Bring your binoculars and a camera for a moment to remember.



South Coast Botanic Garden 26300 Crenshaw Blvd. Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274


South Coast Botanic Garden is one of the world’s first botanical gardens to be developed as a masterpiece of creative land reclamation and environment improvement. Take a stroll through the garden’s meandering roads and experience the beautiful fall colors. The mission of South Coast Botanic Garden is to serve the community by providing a unique horticultural and wildlife habitat experience, and to represent a model of excellence for land reclamation and sustainability. This continuing experiment in land reclamation has drawn horticulturists from all over the world, including Prince Charles of England, to study the feasibility of similar projects. Today the garden is host to over 200,000 plants and numerous resident wildlife, including hedgehogs and peafowl. 


Photo credits:

Photo #1: Big Bear Lake/Visit Big Bear

Photo #2: Big Bear Lake/Visit Big Bear

Photo #3: Lake Arrowhead Village

Photo #4: Experience Idyllwild

Photo #5: Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard

Photo #6: Orange County Parks

Photo #7: Orange County Parks

Photo #8: South Coast Botanic Garden