1 San Diego food trucks
The city’s lauded food truck scene offers everything from gourmet lobster and salmon tacos to hickory-smoked barbecue and Korean street food.
2 Venice Beach
LA’s wacky seaside town is a real slice of California.
3 Joshua Tree National Park
The eerily twisted “arms” of Joshua trees beckon visitors to explore this long-abandoned desert mining country.
4 Mono Lake
A strange and remote sight that’s well worth the trip – prime birdwatching territory amid blue waters and gnarled tufa columns.
5 Yosemite National Park
Giant sequoias, towering waterfalls, the sheer face of Half Dome – your eyes will hardly get a rest.
A thrilling, circuitous drive along the West Coast, with pounding Pacific surf and dramatic cliffside vistas.
Eerie, legendary one-time maximum-security prison stuck out on “the Rock” in San Francisco Bay.