Our top picks for nearby towns and attractions to visit for the best outdoor activities, sightseeing, dining, and vacation fun on the way to the park.
Discover these four quintessential Santa Barbara experiences including an inspiring view and a mission built in 1786.
Inyo County claims the highest and lowest points in the lower 48. Stop at a WWII internment camp, read tales of local mountaineer, and see restored trains.
Peel off the coastal Hwy. 101 to a town made famous by the film Sideways that follows two men on a weeklong vacation in wine country.
Just 70 miles from LAX, you’ll find uncrowded beaches, beautiful trails, historic places and ferries to national park islands in towns like Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo and Port Hueneme along California’s undiscovered coast. Here are our top seven sights.
Go on fantastic strolls along 101 miles of Hwy 1. Experience these nine dazzling spots including a luxurious castle and a tree-lined hike to the beach.
At the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley and the heart of the Mojave Desert, you’ll find country music and a noteworthy luncheonette.
In the heart of the Mojave Desert, you’ll find a far-out desert scene where strangely formed rocks, a military base and ancient rock art collide.
On the Eastern Sierra between Yosemite and Death Valley, walk among ancient trees, go trout fishing, and relax in a small town with down-to-earth people.
Stop in Modesto, half way between Yosemite and San Francisco, for a much-needed break from the car and grab a bite to eat, visit a farm stand or see a show.
Experience the West Coast's surf culture in this vibrant beach town. In winter, see the migration of thousands of monarch butterflies.
Explore trails, brews and history near Lake Tahoe.
When Axel Erlandson died, he left behind his legendary circus trees. Here's how two strangers saved them
Walk with sharks at a famous pier, make hairpin turns on a steep street and cruise to "The Rock" in this Golden Gate city.
In the heart of the Santa Maria Valley wine country, here are six authentic things not to miss including an historic inn, a buried city and a wine tasting trail.
California sunshine, amazing food and diverse cultures make Stockton, Calif. a great destination for the whole family.
Eat and drink your way through this northern California city that boasts more than 10 Michelin awards.
Discover more than the biggest trees and the tallest mountains. Explore the towns that sit at the foot of Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks.
Stop in Paso Robles for a fantastic dive into California’s laidback wine and food scene.
Forty-five minutes from Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, you can lose the fog and city’s high prices and delve into a vibrant wine, beer and ice cream scene.
In Oxnard, they like to take time to coast. Take their advice with these four top things to do including islands, beaches, a harbor and a collection.
Say goodbye to the hustle and bustle of LA and hello to its quieter but fun side when you visit Conejo Valley.
Pick your own strawberries, tomatoes, winter squash or pumpkins and then go see a piece of the Berlin Wall and a replica of the Oval Office.
Mark Twain became famous with his story about the frogs of Calaveras County. Here are five reasons why you should stop in this gorgeous corner of California.
Not far from Silicon Valley sits a quaint town where you can visit friendly boutique wineries, explore a gorgeous children’s theme park and dine on garlic dishes.
This scenic valley town offers a ton to see and do year-round including sipping local wine, exploring a mission and strolling on a secluded beach.
Turn off the main strip to explore the historic downtown. Start at the Cowboy Museum, then learn about or experience the April rodeo. End the day at the H Bar B.
Here grapes grow, historic towns feel like a return to yesteryear and a host of movies have been quietly filmed. Dig deep at these four spots.
Base out of Ventura Harbor Village for easy access to Channel Islands National Park, a gorgeous beach and a lively seaside experience.
Sip wine next to the Cima Collina winery for a window into winemaking. Try the new wine experience in Marina’s Urban Wine Row.
Just 12 breathtaking miles from Yosemite’s East Entrance. The “East Side” of Yosemite with its towns of Lee Vining and Mammoth Lakes has unique attractions.