October is the best time to visit Napa Valley if you crave your fix of dramatic fall color changes before winter sets in. This is also harvest season and there are fewer tourists around, which means you get your peace and quiet while enjoying the art, romance, and fresh scents of the winemaking process.
Labor Day weekend is right around the corner, so what better way to de-stress than travel 100 miles up the California coastline to the city of Santa Barbara? Fondly known as the American Riviera, here you can unwind with the state's finest wines, Mediterranean oceanfront views, and distinctive Spanish architecture. You can also take a small detour on your way back to visit the famous Hearst Castle in San Luis Obispo!