5 Los Angeles Day Trips to Up Your ‘Gram Game this Fall

Posted by Catherine Arrigotti at

There's not much we love more than a good road trip, but Instagram may be a rare exception. We're obsessed with 'gramming our adventures, and now that the season's changing it's time to get out and take a new batch of fall photos! These trips, all a short drive from the city, will ensure you have a fun and photogenic fall  the L.A. way.

Oak Glen

Nothing says fall like pumpkins, apples, and trees changing color, but this kind of fantastic scenery tends to be scarce in southern California, right? Well, what if we said you can find this classic fall goodness less than an hour from L.A.? Oak Grove is a mile-high city with over 30 farms and orchards bearing apples, pumpkins, berries and other seasonal fruits and veggies. East coast transplants will especially appreciate this whimsical day trip, where you can traipse among the orchards, taking pics with sipping a cup of fresh cider as you go. Throw on a pair of ankle boots (we’re partial our Calistas) and get picking! (Photos: @ryannmaray, @wolffcar, @kat_em_, @megansamantha, @catperez)

Salvation Mountain

Bloggers and fashionistas from all over California flock to this colorful landmark to kitsch in the middle of the desert just east of Salton Sea. Salvation Mountain is the brainchild of Leonard Knight, who painted the adobe hills of his property with images of animals, plants, wildlife and Bible scripture in a celebration of love and nature – but don’t worry, this isn’t a spot for worship, it’s a place for reflection (and to snap your best new profile pic). Afterwards, head into nearby Palm Springs wearing your best chunky heels for a fab dinner with refreshments. (Photos: @juliaabalducci, @theturqoiseforest, @anniesimm, @anasunnnn, @ms.samantha.cm)


So what if Denmark was a coastal city in Southern California? Just ask Solvang, a town settled in the early 1900s in the Santa Ynez Valley by a group of Danish immigrants to the U.S. who were sick of harsh Midwestern winters. The whole town is decked out in traditional Danish flair, from the trademark wind mills to the half-timber homes that copy Dutch Provincial style. There’s even a copy of the Little Mermaid statue from Copenhagen – if that’s not gram-worthy, we don’t know what is! Rent a bicycle and plan to spend a day enjoying the unique sights, sounds and eats. If you're looking for a pair of versatile flats to finish off your #OOTD, we suggest Joleen in navy. Everyone needs a pair of blue suede shoes. (Photos: @janatals, @dopaoaocaviar, @lebba, @hannaoconnorr, @1.24_uy)

Vasquez Rocks

The geometric rock formations at Vasquez have set the scene for movies like Star Wars and Planet of the Apes; now you can be the star of your own otherworldly Instagram adventure. The formations at Vasquez Rocks are part of a larger national park and recreational area just 45 minutes from L.A., where you can wander and explore the miles of 932 acres of wilderness. (Photos: @emiliadattilo, @madisonelainechertow, @michellemkwong, @wyldstallyonz, @kristofski)

Malibu Wines 

One thing we love about Los Angeles is that even in fall, you can still picnic outside – and Malibu Wines is the perfect spot. Nestled among the serene Malibu Mountains along Mullholland Drive, Malibu Wines invites anyone to bring their own snacks and enjoy a bottle of local wine (or two). The grounds include a mimosa station and several bars, so make sure to bring a designated driver. Picturesque flights of wine are also available, for those who want to make the most of #wine while wearing their Elodies in wine. Because wine. (Photos: @grifitti, @im_an_open_brooke, @sofia_felice, @lovegiselle)

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