Fall is officially here, and the colors are changing, even in SoCal. Big Bear Lake in California is the ultimate fall getaway, with brilliant colors, tons of autumn activities, and views for days. Did someone say sweater weather?
Surrounded by the San Bernadino Mountains, this quaint alpine town has a high elevation, which allows the leaves to change hues every pumpkin spice season.
There are tons of adorable cabins that you can rent for a weekend trip, and it's close enough to Los Angeles that you can make it a single-day excursion.
You can go horseback riding through Baldwin Lake Stables, take an off-road Jeep tour through the mountains, or book a sailing tour to see colors from the lake.
There are also tons of stunning hikes in the area if you want to immerse yourself in nature.
You'll get awesome autumn, mountain, and lake views.
According to the Big Bear Lake blog, vibrant shades of color usually peak in the second week of October.
This is the perfect place to stroll the streets while sipping hot cocoa in the chilly, crisp mornings.
If you're feeling adventurous and seeking a more aerial view of the colors, Action Tours California offers zipline adventures through the festive foliage.
To get a birds-eye-view of the area, you can take the Scenic Sky Chair up to the top of Snow Summit.
This chairlift ride gives you breathtaking sights of the entire town for $25.
Big Bear Lake
Location: Big Bear Lake, CA
Why You Need To Go: This adorable mountain town is the best place to experience fall in Southern California.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and, most of all, be respectful on your trip.