1. San DiegoPhoto Courtesy of Visit California
2. Huntington BeachPhoto Courtesy of Visit California
You can't drive by miles and miles of gorgeous coastline without wanting to dip your toes in the water at least once. Huntington Beach is a quintessential California beach town. It's laid-back, cool, and full of surfers. If you've ever dreamed of riding a wave, here's your chance!
3. Santa Monica
This city is a shopper's paradise. From pedestrian-only streets lined with name-brand stores to quaint art galleries and designer boutiques, Santa Monica is the place to shop. There are also plenty of cafes and beachside restaurants to revive you after a marathon day of shopping.
4. Santa Barbara
5. Santa Ynez Wine Country
Who's ready for a glass of wine? Perfect! Because next you're headed to the Santa Ynez wine country, where the diverse weather makes ideal growing conditions for a wide variety of grapes. Bonus: If you purchase a pass from the Santa Ynez Wine Country Association, you get a discount on wine tastings at 14 local wineries.
6. Big SurPhoto Courtesy of Visit California
8. Asilomar State BeachPhoto Courtesy of Visit California
9. Santa Cruz
You'll feel like a kid again at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Family-friendly attractions include classic arcade games as well as laser tag, mini golf, and thrill rides. Get away from high-energy games with a sky ride above the boardwalk that enjoys unparalleled views of the mountains. Embrace the city's go-with-the-flow vibe and, if you hit the right night, stay for an outdoor movie on the beach or a free live music event.
10. San FranciscoPhoto Courtesy of Visit California
It's time to get out of the car and stretch your legs. One of the best ways to see the city (and learn stuff you won't hear anywhere else!) is on a walking tour. San Francisco City Guides offer free daily walking tours. Afterward check out one of San Francisco's trendy eateries along Valencia Street and catch a show in the theater district. The city is your oyster! Oooo … oysters, you should definitely try those, too.