Julian Grape Stomp (Photo: Courtesy of the Julian Chamber of Commerce)
Julian offers fall colors where you'd least expect them: in Southern California, about an hour from San Diego. This former gold-rush town in the Cuyamaca Mountains still shines bright each autumn. The town is also known for its apple season and draws leaf peepers looking for a side of apple pie and cider donuts. The Julian Apple Days Festival occurs the first weekend in October this year.
Fall Foliage: While hiking or driving in the mountains around the town, you'll find crimson pistache, gold-leafed oak, and poplar trees putting on a show among the evergreens.
Time it Right: September and October see the changing of the leaves, and promise plenty of apple treats.
Stay: The Julian Gold Rush Hotel Bed & Breakfast has rates from $135 per night and an apple pie package that includes accommodations, a full breakfast, afternoon tea, a seasonal guidebook, and an apple pie, with rates from $155.
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