The beauty of living in California is that no matter which direction you’re headed, you are always in close proximity to either the beach, mountains or desert. In fact, you can technically hit the slopes and the beach all in one day (OK, it’s a little ambitious but it is possible). If you’ve been dreaming of the scenic road trip along Highway 1, now is the perfect time to start planning. California is a nature lover’s paradise and there is so much to explore outdoors with something here for everyone. From the idyllic town of Newport Beach to the hot desert in Palm Springs, here are just a few beautiful places in California to add to your Golden State bucket list.
Editor’s note: Please remember to mask up and follow social distancing protocols while traveling and be sure to check up on the town’s health and safety guidelines before you go.
VISIT TEMECULA VALLEY
Temecula Valley is Southern California’s answer to wine country. The quaint town about an hour south of Irvine is best known for its approachable wineries and hot air balloon rides floating over the vineyards. For a unique wine tasting experience on the ground, book a tour with So-Cal Sidecars and cruise through the back roads and vineyards in a sidecar based on an original WWII era Soviet Ural. In Old Town Temecula, the new Small Barn Old Town is an excellent rustic chic restaurant with a massive outdoor patio and a menu that revolves around what’s local and in season. A few stores down is Temecula Lavender Co. where you can stock up on essential oils, bath and body products and all things lavender.
Where to stay: This five-bedroom stunner is surrounded by four acres of vineyards and features a pool flanked by citrus and avocado trees, plus a stone and marble summer kitchen. Carter Estate Winery and Resort is also good choice for spacious bungalows with patios overlooking the vineyard. Pro-tip: You’ll get a front-row seat to an epic sunset.