Feel that itch? It's your annual, warm weather wanderlust stirring.
Whether you're looking for a relaxing getaway, a rugged outdoor adventure, or an epic road trip, we've got you covered with literally dozens of great escapes right here in California.
Don't have a car or can't stand the drive? No worries: Spring is the season for cheap roundtrip airfares. (Plus, affordable semi-private flights are also now a thing.) Really, there's no excuse not to get out of dodge, so here's how to do it right with all the oysters and local wines, sunset horseback rides, art excursions, splurge-worthy eats, and beach time you can handle.
The Lone Cypress, on 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach.
(Courtesy of californiabeaches.com)
The Monterey Peninsula—comprising the city of Monterey, Carmel, Pebble Beach, Big Sur and beyond—is a tourist haven for a reason: Endless outdoor adventures and artisanal eats are the draw, but unique shops and plush hotels make every stay luxurious. Wander the beaches, see the Lone Cypress, gawk at an antique car show, and taste regional wines and chef-driven fare. Check out our guide for the best restaurants, most gorgeous sights, and where to stay.