~~If there's any one state to take a lengthy drive in, let the coast of California sweep you off yourfeet feet. Much has been said about the Golden State, and for good reason — the sheer diversity of the region will blow you away. Ahead are 6 stops to make along the coast of California.
Crescent CityThe small, charming town of Crescent City on the northern tip of California boasts a rich cultural history. Be sure to check out the postcard-perfect St. George Reef Lighthouse, which was built in 1892 and provides guidance to sailors on a reef six miles offshore.
King Range National Conservation AreaConsidered to be a "spectacular" meeting of land and sea, the highest peak of the King Range National Conservation Area is just three miles off the Pacific and towers at 4,088 feet. It expands over 68,000 acres and 35 miles, so you'll have to take a few back roads to reach the range. And while you're close by, check out the Humboldt Redwoods State Park — the trees are a California staple.
Santa RosaSonoma County is known for its beautiful vineyards. In Santa Rosa, stop for a glass of Rosé at one of two dozen wineries. Afterward, browse the Charles M. Schulz Museum, which displays an enormous collection of Peanuts comics from the beloved cartoonist.
San FranciscoThe world-famous Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Dolores Park, the Painted Ladies at Alamo Square, and the California Academy of Sciences are just a few things to explore in lively, offbeat San Francisco. At the end of the day, dine like a queen or king in one of SF's many top-tier cultural restaurants.
Carmel-by-the-SeaBig Sur, the scenic stretch of central California coast, is sure to keep you busy — especially if you're a nature-lover. Art galleries, boutique shops, and white sandy beaches define Carmel-by-the Sea, located a couple hours south of San Francisco. Consider resting for a night at a lovely little inn or quaint cottage near the ocean, where you can catch a refreshing salty breeze any time of day or night. And if you find yourself with extra energy, grab a day pass to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, about a 20-minute drive away from Carmel.
Morro BayOutdoor adventure awaits you in Morro Bay! First, hop on a bay cruise — you'll be given the chance to explore a sand pit and take pictures of sea otters and sea lions. Next, take a hike up Black Hill for a stunning view of the water, and finally, have a barbeque with friends along the Cloisters Park Trail.Sun, May 29th 2016
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