Whether you prefer to head to the mountains or the ocean, fall offers a bounty of outdoor activities, fresh crisp air, stunning scenery, and fun for the whole family.
We are highlighting Big Bear in Southern California and South Beach on the Oregon Coast. Pack your bags, grab your friends or family, and enjoy an autumn adventure with us!
Big Bear Lake, California
This beautiful lake mountain resort town offers a wide range of fall activities for visitors to enjoy.
Here are some popular fall activities in Big Bear:
The 53rd annual Oktoberfest celebration takes place every weekend this fall from September 9th – November 5th. It’s a beloved event that combines Big Bear’s mountain charm with authentic German traditions, live music, food, entertainment, and of course, beer. Prost!
Take a leisurely drive through the surrounding San Bernardino National Forest to admire the stunning fall foliage. The changing colors of the trees, especially the aspens and oaks, are a sight to behold.
Hiking & Biking
Big Bear offers numerous trails suitable for all skill levels. Some popular trails include Castle Rock Trail, Pine Knot Trail, and Cougar Crest Trail. The cooler temperatures and colorful scenery make fall an ideal time to hit the trails.
Big Bear Lake boasts the best freshwater fishing in Souther California, and fall is an excellent time for fishing. The lake is stocked with trout, making it a great destination for anglers.
Boating and Water Activities
While the weather is cooler in the fall, it’s still possible to enjoy boating, kayaking, and paddleboarding on Big Bear Lake. The scenery is especially picturesque during this season.
Explore the beautiful mountain trails on horseback. Many stables in the area offer guided horseback riding tours.
Enjoy a round of golf at the Bear Mountain Golf Course or the Big Bear Mountain Golf Course. The cooler temperatures in the fall make it a great time to hit the links.
Explore the charming village of Big Bear Lake, which offers a variety of shops, art galleries and eateries.
Check the local event calendar for fall festivals and events. Big Bear often hosts special events, including craft fairs, art shows, and music series during this season.
South Beach, Oregon
This beautiful stretch of the Oregon Coast and the surrounding area offer a variety of fall activities for visitors to enjoy. Located on the central coast of Oregon, this area features stunning coastal landscapes, forests, and charming beach towns.
Here are some fall activities you can enjoy in and around South Beach:
Beachcombing and Tidepooling
The beaches in the South Beach area are beautiful year-round, but fall can be an excellent time for beachcombing and tidepooling. Look for seashells, agates, and other treasures washed up by the waves. At low tide, explore the tide pools along the rocky coastline to see fascinating marine life up close.
Explore the scenic hiking trails in the nearby Oregon Coast Range or in the Siuslaw National Forest. Fall foliage adds a colorful backdrop to your outdoor adventures. The Drift Creek Falls Trail is a popular choice.
Fall is a great time for whale watching along the Oregon coast. Gray whales migrate south from Alaska to Mexico during this season, and you can often spot them from coastal viewpoints or by taking a whale-watching tour from Depoe Bay.
The fall season is ideal for salmon and steelhead fishing in the local rivers and streams. You can fish from the shore or book a guided fishing excursion.
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
Vist the historic Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, the only historic wooden Oregon lighthouse still standing. The lighthouse and its surroundings offer stunning views.
The Oregon coast is home to a diverse range of bird species. Bring your binoculars and explore the various birding hotspots in the area, including Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.
Local Seafood Dining
Fall is an excellent time to savor fresh seafood. Visit local seafood restaurants and enjoy popular dishes like clam chowder, Dungeness crab, and fish and chips.
As the weather begins to change in the fall, South Beach can experience dramatic coastal storms. Watching the waves crash against the rocks can be a thrilling experience.
Check for local fall festivals and events in South Beach and neighboring towns. These often include food festivals, art shows, and cultural celebrations.
Remember to dress in layers and be prepared for changing coastal weather conditions.
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