Sure, we may not get the crisp fall mornings and changing of the leaves that are quintessential signs of the season, but us Angelenos can still feel the festivities of fall by going apple picking. Outside of Los Angeles there are two areas with unique microclimates that make those apple trees grow—Oak Glen, an area about an hour and a half east of Los Angeles, and Julian, about two and a half hours south. For the perfect day trip, hop in the car and check out one of these 11 farms (or visit a few in the same area). They’re filled with apple trees, activities for kids, fresh cider and other fall favorite treats. We’re already excited about how we’ll use our bounty—several apple dessert recipes come to mind! Here, the best apple picking near Los Angeles.
One more thing: It’s always a good idea to call in advance or check the website to make sure they still have apples, as many of these farms stay open until all of the apples are gone.