5 Fall Foliage Destinations

The fall foliage at these famed scenic spots stretches late into the autumn season, so there's plenty of time to catch the beautiful, natural colors at their peak! Take a hike or a drive and enjoy these five destinations from coast to coast.

4. MONO COUNTY, Eastern California

Mono County

The aspens and poplars lining the creeks and lakes just east of Yosemite National Park create a Crayola-like swatch of some of the best gold-, orange- and rust-colored leaves on the West Coast.

Take a hike!
Steep and challenging, the Lundy Canyon Trail packs as much scenery as possible into 3 miles (6 miles round-trip), with beaver ponds, waterfalls and old mining cabins. Sightings may include deer, marmots and, if the force is with you, a bighorn sheep on a craggy outcropping.

Drive by!
Fall foliage looks even more intense reflected on the surface of a mountain-framed lake -- or four, if you take the June Lake Loop (also known as Highway 158), a horseshoe-shaped, scenic 14-mile road.

Chow time!
At the Historic Mono Inn (55620 Highway 395, Lee Vining), which overlooks Mono Lake, the menu offers everything from elk burgers to medallions of antelope -- and California wines to go with whatever you pick.


Bunk here!
The Double Eagle Resort and Spa (rooms from $169) sits at the base of the imposing 10,909-foot Carson Peak. The cabins are cute, but the newer luxury rooms come with private whirlpool tubs.

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