QUOTE(starlagurl @ May 7 2009, 01:52 PM)
Travebuddy came up with a bunch of suggestions for the mostly-missed destinations in Cali. What do you think? Worth it? Not worth it? 1. Monterey
Cities along Highway 1 were a popular theme. Check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium. 2. Santa Cruz
Monterey’s northern cousin was also very popular for hiking, the boardwalk and beaches during the summer months. 3. Palm Springs
- Popular Labor Day weekend destination for hiking, dining and as a local escape from Los Angeles. 4. Lake Tahoe
- Lake Tahoe is known for its snow sports, but it was also popular during the summer months for water-skiing, hiking, fishing, and exploring nearby “ice caves.” 5. Napa Valley
- This wine-tasting mecca was a favorite weekend getaway for Bay Area natives. 6. Joshua Tree National Park
- TravBuddies endured attacks by flying bats to witness beautiful sunrises and spectacular hiking among the alien landscape of Joshua trees. 7. San Simeon
- Hearst Castle was a popular stop, as were the 2-ton elephant seals that gather along the shores here. 8. Laguna Beach
- Beautiful beaches and the annual Festival of the Arts made this laid back community another favorite along Highway 1. 9. Big Sur
– Despite the fires, solitude, star-gazing, and hiking made Big Sur a favorite among those seeking a little more peace, quiet and isolation. 10. Santa Rosa
- Wine, hiking and the Charles M. Schulz Museum were popular draws to this Sonoma County destination.
Here are my thoughts:
1. Monterey is beautiful. The aquarium is pretty good. I went there on a high school biology field trip and got to watch them film one of the Star Trek movies there!
2. Santa Cruz was my second home growing up. I love it. it's got a great vibe, kinda groovy, hippieish. Nice beaches, pretty mountain areas.
3. I'm not sure I understand this one. Palm Springs over Labor Day weekend? The prices for the hotels will be good, since it's off season (read: hotter than bloody hell). But it is a holiday weekend, so traffic, traffic, traffic to get there. And hot, hot, hot. I have been there in the summer, and it's a good time to go for bargain prices at nice resorts, but I would NOT recommend a holiday weekend.
4. Lake Tahoe is fantastic, summer or winter.
5. Napa is a very popular place. For a more laid back, less expensive area, go to Sonoma. But I love both areas. (I don't think either area would be considered "missed" --they are both popular destinations).
6. Never been to Joshua Tree...guess it is missed.
7. Hearst Castle--Went there as a kid. Would like to go back and take my kids. It's a cool place, has some interesting "Hollywood" history to go with the opulence and architectural grandeur.
8. Laguna Beach is a great spot. It's always very busy, lots of traffic, but worth going through and hanging out. The beach is very pretty. This is a TV California town. The festival of the arts is lots of fun.
9. Big Sur, another childhood visit. Just as described.
10. See #5