As 2016 comes to a close, it’s time to start making resolutions… and hopefully, that includes some travel-related goals. If the California coast is on your list for 2017, check out this list of must-see attractions and beachside towns. The more of these places you can see, the better.
Hearst Castle is a National Historic Landmark located in San Simeon. The castle began as a hilltop retreat, was a popular destination during the 1920s and 30s, and is now a beautiful museum offering daily tours.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Photo credit: Justin Ennis, Flickr
Don’t pass up a chance to explore the beautiful Monterey Bay Aquarium. It’s well known on the coast for its variety of sea life. It contains over 35,000 individual specimens from over 600 species!
Located a mere hour drive south of San Francisco, Pescadero is one of America’s Happiest Seaside Towns. It’s an ideal spot for a weekend getaway.
Catalina Island is truly one of those places that you have to see to believe. It’s that beautiful.
Bodega Bay was made famous by Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” but this string of shops, hotels, wharfside restaurants and houses along Highway 1 is truly a wonderful place to visit.
People who have never been to the Big Sur area wonder if it’s as amazing as it look in pictures… and the truth is, it’s even better in person.
Glass Beach, Fort Bragg
Glass Beach is actually a series of three former city trash dump sites that have turned trash into treasure, so to speak. It’s now a beautiful and shimmering stretch of beach.
San Luis Obispo’s Bubble Gum Alley
If you’re heading to San Luis Obispo, don’t leave without finding the quirky Bubble Gum Alley. If nothing else, it makes for a great photo op.
Balboa Fun Zone
The Queen Mary
If you’ve never seen the most haunted ship in Long Beach (and possibly the world), check out the beautiful Queen Mary. They offer self-guided tours, ghost tours, a few delicious dining options, and overnight stays.
This is the most breathtaking place in San Diego to catch a sunset, by far.
This relaxing little island in the San Diego area is consistently voted “best beach in the U.S.” by Dr. Beach. It also has charming restaurants, shops and a few beautiful places to stay.
La Jolla Cave
This is such a scenic, peaceful part of La Jolla that is wonderful to explore during a low tide.
Museum of Flying, Santa Monica
Located at 3100 Airport Ave., the Museum of Flying is perfect for anyone in your family who has an interest in aviation.
Just look at the charming village of Solvang. Who wouldn’t want to visit?
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Monarch Butterfly Grove, Pismo Beach
Pismo Beach’s Monarch Butterfly Grove is a hidden gem you’ll fall in love with. It’s open from October through February each year.
Have a wonderful and travel-filled year!