It’s fall, y’all. And you know what that means: vivid autumnal colors unfurling on the trees—if you live on the East Coast, that is. (Seriously, just look at some of the sumptuous amber and red hues DC has to offer!)
Sadly, what the Bay Area has in year-round greenery, it lacks in red, brown, and yellow vibes.
But that doesn’t mean the Bay Area exists in an oppressive and chilling state of evergreen. At least not always. We do have a few opportunities to witness fall in action.
Check out the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Arboretum, or Tilden Park in Berkeley to see a smattering of fall colors. A few trees along the Embarcadero (inside Delancey) and on Folsom Street in SoMa also have color-changing trees.
Even a few streets in the Mission (e.g., Shotwell, Hampshire) are choice spots to check out.
“Many exotic trees [like the gingko biloba and acer palmatum] have been planted in these gardens, and that is what people should be looking for,” John Poimirro, who operates California Fall Color, tells SFGate.
Cities like Danville, Palo Alto, San Rafael, and Campbell also have streets with trees that change colors. And be sure to check out the Santa Cruz mountains, which boasts some fall foliage along Highway 9 as you head through the Big Basin Redwoods State Park.
And of course, Wine Country has some beautiful foliage, with some vines changing colors from week to week.