Things are a bit, shall we say, frustrating right now. And part of that comes from feeling like you can’t take a proper holiday because of international travel restrictions. But really, you don’t need to fly to the other side of the world to have an amazing holiday. You don’t even need to go for a long time! Take a few days exploring the coast on Highway 1, or head into the mountains on Highway 395. The Rim of the World Scenic Byway is one of the best drives in the state and it’s only 1 day! Or check out one of these great California weekend getaways!

If you travel with Daytrip, you can relax and devote your full attention to the landscape as it passes by. Plus, you never have to worry about parking, and you don’t have to abstain from those delicious California wines while you travel!

Redwood National Park

Spend some time among nature’s skyscrapers in Redwoods National Park. Known as the home of the tallest trees in the world, people often overlook the fact that the park also includes vast prairies, oak woodlands, river valleys, and nearly 40-miles of rocky coast. So whether you plan on camping or staying in a lodge, give yourself a few days to take in the various landscapes.

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Joshua Tree National Park

Get away from pretty much everything at one of the most unique landscapes in America. Bridging both the Mojave and Colorado Deserts, Joshua Tree National Park has everything from rocky moonscapes to prickly cactus gardens, and, of course, the park’s namesake Joshua Trees. Since the park is nearly 800,000 acres, a weekend will give you a nice sampling, but a longer stay will give you time to delve deeper into this natural wonder. 

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Spend a weekend in the 19th century in what is easily one of the prettiest towns in the country. The streets of Ferndale are lined with row after row of Queen Anne, Eastlake-Stick, Italianate, Neo-Classic, Bungalow and Mission style homes. Take a stroll down main street to admire the “painted ladies”, before popping into a restaurant or cafe for some food with a view. Ferndale is the hometown of the King of Flavortown, Guy Fieri, so you know you’ll eat good during your stay- 4 spots even appeared on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

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Get your dose of nature, history, and culture in one of California’s most influential cities. Monterey hosted California’s first constitutional convention, and was home to the state’s first theatre, public building, public library, school, printing press, and newspaper. The pristine seaside city is still littered with nicely preserved Spanish architecture, and its music art arts festivals are some of the best in the state. But it’s the sea that steals the show. Go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to explore the underwater biome that follows the city’s coast. And down at the Fisherman’s Wharf, you can sample the catch of the day at its freshest. 

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