Fall travel guide

Explore beaches, back roads, vineyards, and more during the West's golden season

Top 18 spots for fall color

Go on a foliage tour of the West at our favorite places to soak up the season's golds, crimsons, and more

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Wine Trail, near Monterey, CA
Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Aislyn Greene

Wine Trail, near Monterey, CA

In California's Salinas Valley, near Monterey, fall color can be found in more places than just the leaves. Sample all hues of great, under-the-radar wines along River Road, aka the Wine Trail, at the 20 or so wineries (most of them in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation). In addition, make time to stock up excellent local produce along the way—there’s a good reason it’s called the “salad bowl of the country” (80 percent of U.S.-grown lettuce comes from here).

More: Wine tasting and more along Monterey's River Road

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