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.

6 Hwy-1

A thrilling, circuitous drive along the West Coast, with pounding Pacific surf and dramatic cliffside vistas.

7 Alcatraz

Eerie, legendary one-time maximum-security prison stuck out on “the Rock” in San Francisco Bay.

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