From a sprawling desert oasis to a picturesque beach town, there are few travel destinations that can rival California in the spring. Read on for the Golden State’s top five towns to usher in the longer days, copious amounts of sunshine, and abundant flora and fauna that define springtime.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Whether you stroll through the vast expanse of this desert oasis located on the eastern side of San Diego County or take advantage of its many hiking trails, you'll be greeted by the sight of vibrant wildflowers, rare desert flora springing to life in a symphony of colors, and breathtaking vistas providing endless photo opportunities.
Nestled on the northside of Sonoma Coast State Park, this small rustic village is home to hillside hiking trails where you can take in scenery of the entire southern Sonoma Coast, wine tasting complete with views of the Russian River, and kayak explorations of the Pacific Ocean and the wildlife of Jenner estuary, including hundreds of Pacific harbour seals.
Peruse the quaint boutiques and galleries that line the historic town square, reflecting the vibrant fusion of past and present, then lose yourself in Healdsburg’s picturesque landscapes of rolling vineyards while savoring the area's world-class wines and farm-to-table cuisine.
From sampling the culinary fare in its chic eateries to celebrating the region's rich wine heritage to wandering its eight pristine beaches and its sand dunes and wildlife, Morro Bay is a family-friendly escape you don’t want to sleep on in the spring.
With temperatures in the mid-80s, clear and cool nights ideal for stargazing, and less crowds, Joshua Tree during the spring season can’t be beat. Traverse its iconic Dr. Seuss-like Yucca “trees,” Barker Dam to spot the elusive bighorn sheep, and Mastadon Peak for unparalleled sunset views.