Why: Nestled in California’s central coast, the Big “South” lives up to it’s name with grand landscapes of wildflowers, soaring condors and gray whales that migrate north along the coast during the spring and summer seasons. The drive through on Highway 1 is a marvel in itself.
To do: Hike or pull out the camera and play photographer amid the area’s scenery. Visit the federally protected Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Hurricane Point and one of the beaches or do absolutely nothing but take in the beauty of Mother Nature.
Stay: Big Sur is not only fun getting to, it's also great for a weekend trip. From spas to luxury hotels to rustic campgrounds, the options are wide open. Some inns with wood burning fireplace rooms range from $180 to about $360/night. Post Range Inn welcomes sexy couples as every room has a king-sized bed and a wood-burning fireplace. Many also feature an indoor two-person spa tub and a private deck with an ocean or mountain view.