13 Scenic Weekend Getaways in California

by Adonis Villanueva

Posted on 28th February, 2016

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From Yosemite and Big Sur, to Joshua Tree and Redwood National Park, California is home to some of the most beautiful places on earth. Just browse through these awesome pictures and be amazed by it’s beauty.

Bolinas Ridge

It's accessible just off West Ridgecrest Road and provides excellent views of the San Andreas rift zone. In the summer months, the undulating hills below are often engulfed in dense fog creating a surreal on top of the world scene.

Bolinas Ridge
Eagle Falls and Sunburst

Eagle Falls runs just off Highway 89 and cascades into Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe. It's eastward facing so it's often subject to dynamic sunrise sceneries depending on the season.

Eagle Falls SunBurst
Golden Gate Bridge Engulfed In Fog

This view is on the first exit off Highway 1 coming in from the north, southbound. During summer months, the bridge is often subject to dense fog.

Golden Gate Bridge Fog
Hope Valley

Hope Valley is located to the south of Highway 88 which runs parallel to Highway 50 and eventually joins Highway 89. The area is littered with Aspen groves so it's good to visit around fall (October - November).

Hope Valley Cabin
Lake Tahoe North Lake

The North Side of Lake Tahoe is subject to blazing sunsets. Lake Tahoe is a the largest Alpine Lake in North America. It borders Nevada and California, it can be seen from the scenic drive on Highway 28.

Lake Tahoe North Lake
Lake Tahoe State Park

Just off Highway 28 is Lake Tahoe State Park which offers amazing views of the clear blue lake.

Lake Tahoe
Lower Cathedral Lake

This is accessible on a day hike in Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National park just off Highway 120 (Tioga Pass). There's two lakes here, the lower and upper. The upper is just a few yards up a moderate climb, you can camp there overnight.

Lower Cathedral Lake
McWay Falls

McWay Falls is located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park just off the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) in Big Sur. The falls can be accessed via a short trail from the park's parking lot.

McWay Falls
North Lake

North Lake is one of the most colorful places to visit during fall in the Eastern Sierras. It is accessible via Highway 395 then Highway 168 near Bishop California.

North LakeRe flection
Pigeon Point Lighthouse

This is a full-service hostel operated by Hostelling International. It's located on between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz, right on the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1).

Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Redwood National Park

Redwood Sorrels litter the canopy on Redwood National Park in Northern California. It's just north of the city of Eureka via Highway 101 north.

Redwood Sorrels And Fern
The Minarets

This can be reached in a day's hike but most hikers do a three-day loop that ends here. This is right from the city of Mammoth Lakes and can be reached via Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierras.

Shadow Of The Minarets
Bishop Petroglyphs

These petroglyphs are prehistoric. You can access the area near Bishop via Highway 395 then going north on Highway 6 exiting on Fish Slough Road.

Volcanic Table Lands Petroglyphs

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Adonis Villanueva

Adonis Villanueva is an adventure and travel photographer. He is addicted to caffein and his hobbies are beer and pizza. He seeks to collect moments instead of things. When not exploring the world he can be found playing with his friends in the sunny state of California. See more of his work here and follow him here.


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