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26 Bucket List Things To Do This Fall In Western USA

The ultimate fall road trip bucket list.
Things To Do In The Western USA Ultimate Fall Bucket List

It's the best time of the year to pack your bags and go for the ultimate fall road trip adventure. We've got a list of 26 things to do in the Western USA that'll give you major fall vibes.

Arizona, California, and Nevada are some of the best places to add to your bucket list. They're part of the wild west for a reason. 

Sunflower Picking & Corn Maze

Price: Free admission, $1 per stem or $5 for six stems

Location: 2081 W Hardy Rd, Willcox, AZ 85643

Why you should go: This fall, you and your BFF can take a road trip down to Arizona. You can pick sunflowers, visit endless fields, and even find your way through Arizona's largest corn maze for the ultimate fall adventure.


Enchanted Forest of Light

Price: Tickets start at $28 per person

Location: 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Why you should go: You can walk through a garden lit up by vibrant colors. Make sure to get a picture of the tulips. They change colors throughout the night.


Underground Hike

Price: Free

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

Why you should go: You can literally go on a one-mile underground hike through a lava tube. How many people can say they've done that before?


Haunted Ghost Train Ride of Old Ely

Price: $41 per person

Location: 1100 Ave A, Ely, NV 89301

Why you should go: This remote mountain town in Nevada is said to be haunted. This October you can take a ride on a haunted ghost train. Hopefully, you don't take any evil spirits home with you.


Lake Tahoe

Price: $10-$12 per person for admission, or $2 per person biking in

Location: 2005 NV-28, Incline Village, NV 89452

Why you should go: Autumn is the perfect time to visit Lake Tahoe. The trees are ablaze with colors and the crowds are almost non-existent. You and your friends can even take a dip in the sapphire water.


Disneyland California: Halloween Time

Price: Prices vary, you can check here.

Location: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

Why you should go: You can let your inner child out and celebrate all things, Disney. The park will be decked out in some amazing Halloween decor too.


Shark Tank Water Slide

Price: $25-$40 for non-hotel guests to use the pool and its amenities

Location: 129 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Why you should go: Enjoy the cooler weather by visiting this shark tank water slide. It's three stories tall and 30-feet long.


Vintage Train Ride Tour

Price: $64.95-$700 per person

Location: 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324

Why you should go: You can enjoy northern Arizona while taking a train ride tour through beautiful red rock canyons. The fall colors tour is perfect for leaf peepers.


Giant Mimosas

Price: $34.99 for the Super Mimosa

Location: 3455 S Durango Dr #114, Las Vegas, NV 89117

Why you should go: This brunch spot serves up the largest mimosas in Nevada. Take a break from your road trip and pair your brunch with a giant mimosa.


Pumpkin Nights 

Price: $20 per person

Location: 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768

Why you should go: You can walk through a village made of thousands of pumpkins. The "everything fall" lover in you will have an unforgettable night.


Witches Regatta

Price: $10 city of Tempe permit and $20 paddleboard rental

Location: Tempe Town Lake, Tempe, AZ 85281

Why you should go: You and your coven can start the Halloween festivities early by going to this paddleboard meet-up. Make sure to wear your fanciest witch attire.


Catalina Island

Price: Roundtrip ferry tickets are $74.50 per person

Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA 90704

Why you should go: This beautiful island is like a slice of southern France. You can go on boat tours or enjoy the picturesque harbor.


Treehouse Airbnb

Price: $45 a night

Location: Prescott, AZ

Why you should go: You'll feel like a child again when you rent this magical treehouse. It's the perfect size for you and your S/O.


Emerald Cave

Price: $25 per vehicle + Cost varies for kayak rental and tour (optional)

Location: Willow Beach, AZ

Why you should go: You can go on a magical kayaking adventure that takes you to an emerald cave. The water is so green in the light.



Price: Free

Location: Solvang, CA

Why you should go: This adorable little town in Cali will make you feel like you're in another country. They sell some of the tastiest pastries around.


Wild Willy's Hot Spring

Price: Free

Location: Near Mammoth Lakes, Wild Willy's Hot Spring, CA

Why you should go: This heart-shaped hot spring is a perfect place for you to unwind, relax, and enjoy the view.


Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror Room

Price: $21 per person

Location: 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004

Why you should go: The Phoenix Art Museum has this infinity mirror room permanently installed! You can also explore the other cool exhibits here too.


Seven Magic Mountains

Price: Free

Location: S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89054

Why you should go: This super cool art installation is a fun roadside attraction. It'll only be available until 2021, so be sure to snag a photo with the colorful art piece.


Salt River Kayaking

Price: Price varies $47-$70 per person

Location: 13020 Bush Highway, Mesa AZ 85215

Why you should go: You can kayak alongside horses at this river in Arizona. It's like a once in a lifetime experience.


Arizona Hot Springs

Price: $25 per vehicle

Location: Lake Mead, AZ

Why you should go: You can escape the city and hike to this hidden hot spring in Arizona. You and your friends can relax in the soothing water.


Aztec Falls

Price: $5 per person

Location: Pacific Crest Trail, CA

Why you should go: This hidden gem in San Bernardino is the perfect place to escape to after a long day. You'd never expect this slice of heaven here in the mountains.


Ganna Walska Lotusland 

Price: $50 per person

Location: Cold Spring Rd, Montecito, CA 93108

Why you should go: This massive succulent paradise is a plant lover's dream. There are thousands of plants here for you to admire.


La Jolla Sea Caves

Price: Free, kayak tour prices vary

Location: 2164 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037

Why you should go: No wonder Cali is known for its beautiful beaches. You can relax on the beach, soak up some SoCal sun or kayak through some prehistoric sea caves.


Adventurous Rope Course

Price: $52-$62 per person

Location: Fort Tuthill County Park, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Why you should go: You can enjoy northern Arizona by letting your inner adventurer out at this extreme rope course. It's all about balance.


440 Foot Suspension Bridge

Price: $20 per person

Location: Grand Canyon, AZ

Why you should go: Arizona isn't known as the Grand Canyon State for nothing. You and your friends can walk across a massive 440-foot long suspension bridge. It's above the Colorado River too.


Seven Sisters Waterfall

Price: $9 per person

Location: Murray Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Why you should go: This hidden gem in Palm Springs has breathtaking views along the way.


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