7 California Weekend Getaways

By Liza McVinney

 

We are creators, innovators, and professional multitaskers. But the truth is, this age of technology and speed has exhausted our bodies as well as our minds. Rarely do we get the chance to slow down and savor a moment. In order to reach our full potential and keep ourselves healthy and balanced, we need to give ourselves time to breathe.

Accompanied by the calming effects of cannabis, a nature getaway is the ideal spot to clear your mind and rejuvenate your spirit. Next time you are able to open up a weekend, we recommend visiting some of these breathtaking nature destinations in California.

 

Travertine Hot Springs

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  1. Travertine Hot Springs

With a brilliant array of five tubs, the steaming spring water reaches 105 degrees at the first tub and cools as is it trickles into the lower pools. Let your stress seep away as you soak in the natural, sulfuric heat of spring water, held by tubs of limestone. This experience becomes even more sensational surrounded by a striking view of the Eastern Sierra Mountains. Located on Jack Sawyer Road, just off US-395 near Bridgeport, these hot springs are widely renowned as the most magnificent and easy to get to.

 

Sean Hsu

Sean Hsu

2.  Sunset Cliffs Park

The sprawling, sheer cliffs of San Diego’s coastline will leave you humbled by natural beauty. With countless trails leading to tide pools and secluded beaches, Sunset Cliffs Park is the ideal place to take your time and explore your surroundings. Whether you stay above the cliffs and admire the expansive ocean view, or you decide to take a small hike to the sea caves below, this destination will leave you feeling dazzled and renewed. Make sure to stick around for the sunset and watch the cliffs be set ablaze by golden light. Located in the Point Loma community of San Diego, this destination is perfect for visiting alone, with friends, or with a special someone.

 

Glass Beach

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3. Glass Beach

This former dumping site has now become a charming beach location and treasure trove for rubies, gems, and sea glass. A shoreline that was once a spot for discarding bottles, batteries, and vehicles is now scattered with a colorful collection of jewels. The lush and winding trails that lead to the beach open up to a cove where you can hunt for gorgeous, sea-battered glass and rare gemstones. You will want to bring your camera to capture the brilliant medley of colors that spread across the seaside. There are also various tide pools where you will find a variety of sea creatures dwelling. If you work up an appetite while exploring this glittering, historical landscape, there is a perfect picnic spot on the cliffs overlooking the beach. This Northern California destination located in Fort Bragg off Highway 1 is the optimal place to get your mind off of your hectic routine and indulge in the astounding anomalies of nature.

 

David Curry

David Curry

4. Hidden Valley in Joshua Tree National Park

If you are feeling restless to escape the confines of your apartment or workplace and are hungry for adventure, Joshua Tree’s Hidden Valley hike will satisfy that hunger. This one-mile loop around the valley’s gorgeous desert scenery includes boulders that are optimal for off-trail climbing. There is no better way to relieve stress than to sweat it out! Feel the rush of fresh air around you as you pull yourself skyward through the valley’s numerous bouldering routes. When you return to the hiking loop, be sure to observe the park’s fascinating array of plant and wildlife. The parking lot and picnic area for Hidden Valley is located off Park Boulevard, 14 miles from the town of Joshua Tree.

 

Qiang Huang Photography

Qiang Huang Photography

5. Mono Lake

Off of Highway 395, thirteen miles east of Yosemite National Park, Mono Lake is one of the oldest Lakes in North America. The most outstanding aspect of this lake is its array of tufas towers. Tufas are a variety of limestone formed over hundreds of years by the calcium in underwater springs fusing with the carbonates in the lake water. These bizarre and captivating formations will leave you in a state of awe and wonder. The stunning mountain scenery that surrounds the lake is mirrored against surface of the water and produces a breathtaking visual experience. Vivid with color and extraordinary features, Mono Lake serves as an excellent spot to slow down and reflect on the natural beauty that exists in the world.

 

Omar Ronquillo

Omar Ronquillo

6. Redwoods National Park

Containing some of the world’s most scenic trails, Redwoods National Park will encapsulate you in a brilliant array of Redwood trees. As you hike through the lavish vegetation of the forest, take time to admire some of the oldest and tallest trees in history. Massive in stature and in beauty, Redwood trees also help stabilize our climate by taking in more carbon dioxide than any other tree on the planet. Surrounding yourself in this vibrant Redwood forest will put in perspective how truly small and insignificant our daily concerns and struggles really are. If you’re searching for a tranquil and humbling experience, we recommend taking a trip to Redwoods National Park, on the northernmost coast of California, near the Oregon border.

 

Kazuo Murata

Kazuo Murata

7. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

This reserve is located west of the city of Lancaster in northern Los Angeles and contains the largest and most consistent array of poppies, the California state flower. Plan your trip soon, as we are currently in the midst of optimal blooming season (February-May). There are seven miles of trails within the reserve that weave through the fields of wildflowers, rich with color and sweet aromas. If you’ve ever heard the expression “stop and smell the roses”, take this as your opportunity to stop and smell the poppies! There is nothing more refreshing and invigorating than taking the time to appreciate the small treasures in life. You deserve to surround yourself with the delicate beauty that nature has to offer you and this vast expanse of wildflowers is the perfect place to indulge in simplicity.

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Author: Evan Thompson

Evan ThompsonWith a proclivity for risk-taking and an intimate knowledge of San Francisco’s landscape, Evan goes the extra mile, shooting images that capture the mystique and majesty of the Bay Area.

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