West Coast in November

#1
Hi folks, just hoping to get advice from the California locals. I'm planning a trip to the West Coast in late October/early November. Just wondering if that's a decent time to visit or should it be avoided as a tourist? In terms of how nature will look and all I guess. Thanks for the help!
 

Capt. Factorial

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#2
It probably depends on what you're planning to visit, but I'd say that the biggest concern is probably weather rather than how nature looks (Oct/Nov the grasses won't be green, but the trees should still mostly be leafed out, and California at least doesn't have a lot of trees that turn interesting colors in the fall). The weather can be variable temperature then, but not extremely hot or cold inland (say, maybe 17-27 C for a high temperature?) though the coast will be much colder than you might expect coming from Singapore. Early November is before our rainy season kicks in, so it will likely be dry and probably not too cloudy. If you want to go to the mountains, there shouldn't really be any snow yet (which is either good or bad depending on what you want to see!) But all in all it's probably a good time to visit - you'll probably miss both heat and rain. I'm not sure what else to say.

If you have any more specific questions I'm sure that I or somebody else will be happy to chime in.
 
#3
I visited Sacramento in November last year and I found it pleasant, the weather was nice in the day and at night it gets chilly but nothing to worry about. Also less tourists so it's not the worst time to visit Cali
 
#4
It probably depends on what you're planning to visit, but I'd say that the biggest concern is probably weather rather than how nature looks (Oct/Nov the grasses won't be green, but the trees should still mostly be leafed out, and California at least doesn't have a lot of trees that turn interesting colors in the fall). The weather can be variable temperature then, but not extremely hot or cold inland (say, maybe 17-27 C for a high temperature?) though the coast will be much colder than you might expect coming from Singapore. Early November is before our rainy season kicks in, so it will likely be dry and probably not too cloudy. If you want to go to the mountains, there shouldn't really be any snow yet (which is either good or bad depending on what you want to see!) But all in all it's probably a good time to visit - you'll probably miss both heat and rain. I'm not sure what else to say.

If you have any more specific questions I'm sure that I or somebody else will be happy to chime in.
Sounds pretty decent! I reckon we'll be there for two weeks or so, do LA, grand canyon, San Francisco, Vegas? If time allows would love to visit Sac for a home game (assuming they don't go shortening the season and whatnot).

Thanks all for the help :)
 

Warhawk

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#5
Not sure what you are "into" as a tourist, but unless there are things like Disneyland or a beach you were wanting to see in LA/OC, I'd skip the concrete jungle of that area and go to places like Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Gold Country (Jackson/Ione/Sonora/Placerville, etc.), Monterey/Carmel, etc. SF is kind of cool in it's way, and go check out the Marin Headlands on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge if you get a chance. GREAT views of The City, good hiking areas, and from there you can easily walk across the GG Bridge and back if you like. If you like wine, don't forget to hit up the Napa area (including the very cool Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville if you love movies - look it up and you will see what I mean).

That's the real California you can't see anywhere else. The concrete and masses of people in SoCal have no draw for me personally, but YMMV. :)
 
#6
Not sure what you are "into" as a tourist, but unless there are things like Disneyland or a beach you were wanting to see in LA/OC, I'd skip the concrete jungle of that area and go to places like Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Gold Country (Jackson/Ione/Sonora/Placerville, etc.), Monterey/Carmel, etc. SF is kind of cool in it's way, and go check out the Marin Headlands on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge if you get a chance. GREAT views of The City, good hiking areas, and from there you can easily walk across the GG Bridge and back if you like. If you like wine, don't forget to hit up the Napa area (including the very cool Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville if you love movies - look it up and you will see what I mean).

That's the real California you can't see anywhere else. The concrete and masses of people in SoCal have no draw for me personally, but YMMV. :)
Probably be there 2.5 weeks at best, think we'd like a good mix. Nature, Disney, Hollywood.. honestly not too keen on activities in Vegas but feel obligated to drop by for a night or two.
 
#7
People have mentioned visiting ‘wine’ country, but, if you’re into craft beer at all, NorCal and the Sacramento area has developed into a kind of a hotbed. There are tons of great breweries and tap rooms to visit.

Let me know if that’s an interest at all and I can provide you with a comprehensive list of places to check out, not only in the Valley and foothills but also in the North Bay near the wineries.
 
#8
Probably be there 2.5 weeks at best, think we'd like a good mix. Nature, Disney, Hollywood.. honestly not too keen on activities in Vegas but feel obligated to drop by for a night or two.
Assuming your driving for some of the trip? Vegas is a 4 hr drive from LA and to get to the Grand Canyon from Vegas is roughly the same. My sister and nieces just visited Vegas back in December when my bro in law was working on a project there and they went on a day trip to the Canyon.

Honestly, I get your hesitation about visiting Vegas, but it’s worth visiting even if you’re not into gambling. The strip is very touristy because it’s cool to look at if you’ve never been. Lots of other cool things to see in and around the area too.

If you want to save drive time, there are helicopter flight packages from Vegas over to the Canyon. Not cheap, but possibly worthwhile if you’re pressed for time.
 
#9
Personal opinion from someone that did a lot of consulting work in casinos early in my career is skip Vegas from November through the Superbowl. Halloween and New Years are the only thing happening outside of the rodeo in December.
 
#10
It’s been awhile since I have been in Northern California But I have taken family on a few trips that they enjoyed.
Frisco is or was nice fishermans wharf and a boat ride to Alcatraz. Then lunch and a ride on the trolley car might be a interesting day. Then head north and get a room up on highway one and then you can hit a beach if you wish with lunch in bodega Bay. Cut across and stop for a few hours in Napa on your way home.

You just seen some of best tourist spots that are nice and interesting. Or go east into the Sierra’s.
Head up 50 to lake Tahoe and stay the night then over to Virginia city in the morning and comeback threw north shore and truckee on the way home. You will see some of the prettiest country ever and some historical places.