You’ll explore California’s breezy beachside towns, starting in Malibu, where it’s all about slowing down to enjoy the finer things, such as a balcony brunch at Carbon Beach Club. Spend the day in tranquility at Ojai’s Meditation Mount, followed by a seafood tower paired with natural wine at Rory’s Place before turning out the lights in an Airstream in Caravan Palace downtown. Further north, soak in the five-star spa at Montecito’s Rosewood Miramar Beach, where you can watch California’s best sunsets from a baronial bungalow complete with its own private courtyard amid 16 green, fragrant acres.Moving inland, discover living history in Fresno’s singular Forestiere Underground Gardens. Sidle up to the bar for tastings at one of the eight vineyards on the Madera Wine Trail. Under the canopy of the world’s largest tree in Three Rivers, take refuge with yoga, stargazing, and a cozy cabin stay at Buckeye Tree Lodge.From sea to mountains, this trip is all about treating yourself with farm-to-table cuisine, wellness treatments, and that fresh, clean air.
Your Perfect California Holiday Explores the Art of The South
You’ll start out sandwiched between Hollywood and the San Gabriel Mountains in Pasadena, where you’ll be staying at the century-old Langham Huntington, one of the most majestic hotels in the state. After an architectural tour of Old Town’s Art Deco gems, you’ll visit institutions like the generation-spanning Norton Simon Museum and the Huntington Library, then enjoy a timeless dinner at The Raymond, a Pasadena classic since 1886.Leave the city behind with a drive to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, home of eye-searing super blooms. Visit Galleta Meadows Estate’s surreal Sky Art sculptures, brainchild of local artist Ricardo Braceda, then spend the night soaking in an adults-only hot tub under a blanket of stars at the Borrego Valley Inn.Close things out with a trip to Salton Sea, where artists have transformed a once-thriving resort town into a living, breathing art gallery. Walk among the apocalyptic, rusted-out cars at Bombay Beach Drive-In, take a selfie at colorful Salvation Mountain, grab a burger and a beer at the legendary Ski Inn, then go home and channel such creativity into your own masterpiece.
Your Perfect California Holiday Offers a New Side of L.A. and Orange County
Arriving at LAX airport, you’ll start things unconventionally with a visit to the mysterious Museum of Jurassic Technology, plus burgers at In-N-Out, tacos at Cerveteca, and drinks at the many bars and clubs in the area, including the lively neo-dive, Bigfoot West. Staying at The Hoxton, you’ll experience the city’s signature balance between casual and cool, dining at trendsetting spots like Grandmaster Recorders, Son of a Gun, and Rèpublique. You’ll also embrace the city’s eclectic artistic past and present with visits to Marciano Art Foundation, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Barnsdall Art Park, and the Watts Towers Arts Center, one of the most striking examples of outsider art in existence.There’s plenty of offbeat and international attractions to explore in Orange County as well, from the food court speakeasy, Blind Rabbit, to Garden Grove’s transcendent megachurch, known as Christ Cathedral. Staying at Montage, Laguna Beach’s sprawling beach resort, you might feel you’ve drifted away to some riviera; dining at A Restaurant on nearby Balboa Island, you might seem as if you’ve stumbled onto a classic steakhouse.From Long Beach to Anaheim, Orange County is a multicultural playground on par with its angelic neighbor, and together, this weeklong itinerary will have you feeling like you’re jumping across multiverses.
Your Perfect California Holiday Highlights the Flora, Fauna, and Flavors of the North
After checking into the cozy Harbor House Inn, five-star hospitality found on a quieter side of the Mendocino Coast, you’ll have plenty to explore. Climb the steps of Point Arena Lighthouse for world-beating views of forest and sea, then taste the local beers at North Coast, just one of several famed breweries in the region. Continuing up the coast, there will be ample birdwatching, kayaking, and fresh seafood to enjoy amid the historic Victorian towns of Humboldt County. View the colorful wooden architecture from up close with a stay at Eureka’s Inn at 2nd and C, where you can also marvel at the live green giants strewn throughout Redwood National Forest.Heading deeper into the state, the alpine Shasta Lake remains one of California’s natural landmarks, with dinner cruises, historic waterfalls, and awe-inspiring caverns to explore. Traveling from Chico—home of many pioneers, including microbrewery Sierra Nevada—to Gold Country, you’ll confront California’s unique history directly. Whether you’re touring the ghost town of Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park or getting some shuteye at Nevada City’s National Exchange Hotel, a local treasure founded in 1856, it’s a reminder that California’s gold is much more than a metal.