California, a western U.S. state, stretches from the Mexican border along the Pacific for nearly 900 miles. Its terrain includes cliff-lined beaches, redwood forest, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Central Valley farmland and the Mojave Desert. The city of Los Angeles is the seat of the Hollywood entertainment industry. Hilly San Francisco is known for the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and cable cars.
The Best Time To Visit California – Weather, Beaches, and Festivals
California in the summer, October is actually one of the best times of year to visit. Weather is good almost anywhere, there’s unlikely to be fog at the coast, and winter rains won’t start until late in the month.
While the state may not be the best-known in the country for fall foliage, the golden-yellow aspen trees of the Eastern Sierras are an autumn highlight and typically at their peak in October. October may also be your last chance to travel over TiogaPass from Yosemite before it closes due to winter snow build-up.
California Weather in October
In October, California is cooling down as the winter gets nearer. With average daytime temperatures of 18°C in Los Angeles and 14°C in San Francisco, you’ll need summery clothes for the hottest parts of the day and plenty of layers for the cooler evenings. With such mild temperatures, this time of year’s perfect for seeing California, whether you’re exploring the cities or getting out on the open road. In October, Los Angeles has just 15mm of rain, while San Francisco expects around 25mm over the course of the month.
Travel Tips for October
Start making plans in August for Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland. It may be the most fun time to go all year – and it’s the best Disneyland bargain out there. Tickets go on sale early in August and the most popular days sell out fast.
If you want to take the annual Point Sur Lighthouse Ghost Tour or a lantern tour of Old City Cemetery in Sacramento, buy tickets early in September. By the end of the month, they’ll all be sold out.
If you want to go camping at a California state park in October, make your reservations six months ahead of time in April. Everything you need to know is here.
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