Looking for an Escape This Winter? Plan a Staycation in California
California offers so much variety for tourists year round. Winter offers some great opportunities for recreation. Here are some places, perfect for a winter getaway.
Desert Hot Springs
Desert Hot Springs is a town in the Coachella valley and has the largest number of mineral springs in the United States. It is a great winter destination and there are multiple natural mineral springs spa hotels to choose from. Whether you want to relax and unwind or take advantage of the healing properties of the mineral water, Desert Hot Springs can offer a variety of hotels from Mid-century Modern and Moroccan to restored Hacienda and B&B.
Big Sur is a magnet for everyone who loves nature. While summer attracts a different crowd, winter brings people who want to observe the abundant wildlife. Monarch butterflies migrate to the coastal forest and California condors fly over the redwood forests. You can also spot grey whales, which breach off the coastline. If you are ambitious take on the Molera loop trail (8.8 miles). For less experienced hikers there is the shorter and easier McWay Waterfall Trail. For a unique culinary experience visit between January 15 and January 17 when Big Sur Foragers Festival.
Half Moon Bay
If you are a big fan of surfing or you surf yourself, Half Moon Bay is the perfect winter destination for you. Between November and March Half Moon Bay brings together some of the world’s best surfers for the Titans of Mavericks big wave completion. If you like to surf just for fun and stay safe you can do some paddle boarding on the bay’s placid waters. Other outdoor activities you can try is to take a hike on the Coastline trail or rent a canoe or kayak and explore the bay.
Death Valley is a favorite destination for adventurers, photographers and stargazers. It is scorching hot in summer, but in winter the temperature is just right for exploring. There are a few hotels you can choose from and some camping grounds too, For those who love stargazing, November, when the Leonid meteor showers occur, is the best time to visit Death Valley. If you are a photographer take the 18-mile drive south on CA Hwy 178 from Furnace Creek to Badwater for some stunning photo opportunities.