If you are Like us, you have an immense sense of Wanderlust, but don't exactly want to break the bank with airfare. Here's our Top 5 places to escape to by way of California (some will have you feeling like you're in a far away destination and others are...) that are accessible by car.
5. JOSHUA TREE
the desert is a special place, and Joshua Tree is no exception. Just a short 2 hour drive from Los Angeles you will feel worlds away. Take a trip through Joshua Tree National Park where many trail heads await your adventurous soul. Many areas are dog friendly! Speak with the rangers before entering and get yourself a map to know where your best bud can/cant hang out.
Without having paid for a flight, you may have some extra money to splurge on a place to stay. We suggest checking out Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa, With their Grotto and spa you won't be sad you did.
4. HALF MOON BAY
This coastal town just south of San Francisco always makes me feel like I am in a different country. Maybe its the rugged coastline and the cooler temperatures that gets me feeling like I'm in Ireland or England. Whatever it is, I love it! Definitely hit up the Moss Beach Distillery for a meal. The cozy lobby bar and scenic views won't disappoint.
3. MALIBU CANYON
When its cold and foggy on the coast, its hot and sunny in this little oasis called Malibu Canyon. We love going up here to escape and re-charge. There is something about the peacefulness of the canyon and the open space that makes you feel like you're not quite in Kansas anymore. We suggest the Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club for a place to stay the night and relax. Try booking with Hoteltonite for much cheaper rates during the week.
2. ROSARITO BEACH, MEXICO
Only 20 miles south of the US-MEXICO border! you did it, you left the country without getting on a plane! This little slice of paradise awaits you and can be reached by your car after purchasing Mexican insurance, by bus leaving from Tijuana or San Diego, or Taxi across the border. Stay at The Las Rocas Hotel and Spa and you will be sure to add some amazing photos to your Instagram feed. Tell them Wanderlustbetty sent you.
1. ENSENADA, MEXICO
Just a little further down the coast from Rosarito, you will find a beautiful seaside escape called Ensenada. We suggest staying at Las Rosas Hotel and Spa. All the rooms have a sea view with a balcony, and you can fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves. We are also a huge fan of their infinity pool and beautiful views.