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As the weather cools and leaves begin to turn from green to golden yellow and orange, the call of the road is hard to resist. Most of the summer travelers have returned home leaving many top tourist sites uncrowded. If you are looking for a weekend to get you in the spirit of Fall, we have the itinerary for you. So, grab that pumpkin spice latte and pack your bags, this road trip is waiting for you.

Sequoia National Park is famous for its giant sequoia trees, especially the General Sherman – the largest living thing on earth. But in the fall, with the cooler temperatures, the foothills of the park come alive. Hiking and exploring this area of the park is a must-do before winter sets in. Discover what you can expect this Fall in the parks. And remember that Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks have free admission several days throughout the year.

The National Park Service offers several days throughout the year when entrance to the parks is free. Plan ahead to take advantage to these remaining dates for 2020. 

Fall activities in Visalia include the obvious pumpkin patches and scarecrows but also alpacas, bald eagles and even a zebra! Here's a list of things to do that celebrate the season. 

Visit Farmer Bob’s World at McKellar Family Farms

Take a tour of this working orange ranch and witness as the fruit ripens on the trees. Many varieties are ready for picking in late fall and early winter. Find out how the fruit gets from the farm to your table on the wagon tour and learn all about life on the ranch. You might even get to take home a juicy gem! Tours are available Monday through Fridays with reservations required.

Vossler Farms Pumpkin Patch

Fall wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the pumpkin patch. Lots of pumpkins to choose from out in the field so grab a wagon and start searching for the perfect one. Vossler Farms also offers a huge corn maze. The design changes every year and it’s always a challenge. Don’t worry, spotters are available to help you out if you find yourself lost in corn! The pumpkin patch and corn maze are open from Sept 26 to Oct 31.

Downtown Exeter Scarecrows

The nearby town of Exeter hosts a scarecrow contest every year for the merchants in this quaint town. Visitors get to help pick the winner of the most creative and artistic scarecrows.  Stroll along the main street to pick your favorites. While you are there, view the murals the town is famous for. The murals reflect the agriculture community making these beautiful murals worth the visit. The contest runs the whole month of October. 

Ford Farm and Petting Zoo

With busy school schedules and sports games, many kids don’t get the chance to pet real farm animals. The farm is home to over 80 animals, (most are rescue animals) and include Goats, Chickens, Ducks, Alpacas, Ponies, Horses, Watusi Long Horn, Tortoises, Rabbits, Pigs and even a Zebra! Help feed the animals, take a tractor ride, mine for gems or just relax in this bucolic setting. 

Friday nights in October are “Fright Nights” with haunted tractor rides, corn maze, haunted house and more.

Saturdays in October families can enjoy live music, kids corn maze, pony rides, food and more.

Sequoia Riverlands Trust
Visalia has many opportunities to explore outdoors from the nearby national parks to conservation lands - ranches, farms, scenic vistas, cultural sites, wildlife habitat and waterways - in the Kings, Kaweah, Tule and Kern River watersheds. Managed by a local non-profit, these lands are opened for public use and offers an opportunity to volunteer and discover these beautiful places. Every Friday and Saturday, SRT hosts events at several of their locations. If you’d like to help, contact them and make a reservation to be there. Their docents will teach you about the local area, you can make a difference by helping preserve the land for future generations or simply hike among some of the most beautiful areas in the southern sierra. 

Bird Watching

By November, Sandhill Cranes will be present en masse at Pixley National Wildlife Refuge.  Sundown remains the most spectacular viewing time.  Pixley National Wildlife Refuge is also great for waterfowl, wading birds such as Ibis, and raptors.  Bravo Lake and Lake Success have great diversity with Osprey, Bald Eagle, White Pelican besides ducks and geese and the occasional rarity.  Lake Kaweah is highly variable depending on water levels and how steep the shoreline is.

Farmer Bob's World
Vossler Farms Pumpkin Patch
Ford Farm and Petting Zoo
Kaweah Oaks Preserve
Dry Creek Preserve
Scarecrows of Exeter

The change in seasons brings a change in the menus at our local restaurants. Here are our tops picks for a delicious fall-themed meal.

For the true fall lover, there is no better place to go than the Vintage Press Restaurant for their eagerly awaited Roasted Baby Pumpkins. Locals anxiously await the moment the restaurant announces that the pumpkins will be added to the menu. 

For a more casual place to eat, consider Planing Mill Pizza. Not your ordinary pizza, this is pizza with the volume way up. The Thai Pie is a winner but there are other delicious combinations available. Gather around the fire pits on the patio, play a little corn hole and relax with friends and family. And new to the dining scene is Elderwood. One of the newest dining spots in downtown, it also has the best view. The rooftop bar and restaurant, the Elderwood, offers signature craft cocktails that can be sipped while gazing at the Sierra Nevada mountains and downtown Visalia. 

The Vintage Press
The Planing Mill
The Elderwood

We have made planning your Fall getaway easy to plan when you book your hotel through our website. 

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