It’s autumn and you’re walking through an orchard in Apple Hill. There is a slight breeze tousling your hair, light is streaming through the golden orange leaves of surrounding trees and you catch a whiff of fresh apples.
What do you do? You capture the moment.
Here are five top places to snap an autumn selfie within 95 minutes of Sacramento. Whether you are picnicking at Apple Hill, searching for glimpses of wildlife along the American River Parkway or gazing at Lake Spafford in the UC Davis Arboretum from beneath lush yellow and red Asian trees, the Sacramento region in the fall is filled with gorgeous, “selfie-esque” moments.
Apple Hill has more than 50 ranches in Camino, Cedar Grove, Placerville and Pollock Pines. This destination is perfect for selfies in the apple orchard, underneath orange-tinged trees, next to giant pumpkins in patches and during hayrides. While you’re there, you can taste fresh apple pies, pick peaches, pears and apples, visit wineries with live music and navigate corn mazes. There’s something for every age. Also, you can snap a selfie with your dog: The farms allow dogs as long as they are leashed.
UC Davis Arboretum
The arboretum offers 100 acres of lush gardens in downtown Davis and also hosts exhibitions about sustainable gardening and spotlighted plants, like succulents. The Arboretum’s East Asian Collection is a highlight for fall color, with open lawns shaded by bright yellow ginkgo and deep red-orange leaved zelkova trees. The spot is also a destination, perfect for picnicking, yoga or painting, and relaxing views of Lake Spafford reflect the fall color of surrounding trees like a beautiful liquid mural.
Just 95 minutes north of Sacramento is the third largest municipal park in California: 3,670 acres of hiking, biking, running, walking and swimming, accessible through downtown Chico.
Bidwell Park has more than 900 plant species and has been designated as a historical landmark. Lower Park is characterized by flat terrain and a bevy of trees, along with its One Mile recreational swimming area made of creek water. Middle Park has trails with wildflower fields, pools, blue oak woodland and a golf course. Upper Park is more suitable for hikers, with steep foothill terrain, caves and geological hot spots like Monkey Face, which offers a picturesque view of Chico.
You can’t swim with the fishes, but you can take selfies with them. The American River Parkway is a scenic stretch of boat launching points, fishing and swimming sites and parks for 23 miles. But what makes the Nimbus Hatchery a great spot for selfies is its salmon ladder, where the fish begin leaping during early November. It also has a trail that runs adjacent to the parkway for a quarter-mile right along the river bluff, which has foliage filled with vibrant yellows, oranges, reds and browns in the fall. Visitors can encounter more birds during the fall, like osprey, cormorants, ducks and other diving birds, and they might get lucky enough to spot an otter or two. This is along with other wildlife that can be spotted on the trails of the American River: coyotes, deer, jack rabbits, turkeys and squirrels.
Sacramentans know a top five selfie list wouldn’t be complete without Capitol Park, a picture-perfect spot year-round for a shot of the Capitol building and 40 acres in downtown of shaded paths, ponds, fountains and historical monuments. But the best place to take a selfie at the park during fall is in the World Peace Rose Garden, where more than 650 bushes hit their second peak of blooming in October. The rose garden was named one of the top 10 public rose gardens in America and is a popular wedding spot.
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