There are so many places to explore in the Golden State; it can be hard to choose where to begin. Since it's finally 2020 and we're craving all things new, we've rounded up a list of the most beautiful places in California you can explore this spring.

Hint: There's a magical super bloom just around the corner. 

Whether you want to go chasing waterfalls or take a leisurely stroll through beautiful wildflower paths, there's something on this list for everyone. 

Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

Price: $10 per vehicle parking fees 

Location: 15101 Lancaster Rd, Lancaster, California 

Why You Should Go: These magical poppy fields are so colorful, you’ll feel like you’re in the Wizard of Oz. The best time to go is during peak season from mid-March through mid-April. Make sure to stay on the path, so the flowers don't get trampled.

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Fern Canyon

Price: $8 day-use fee

Location: Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, Orick, California 

Why You Should Go: This scenic biosphere is one of California's most underrated natural wonders. The gorge is covered with seven different types of lush ferns, some of which date back 325 million years. 

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Amtrak: Pacific Surfliner

Price: Tickets start at $23 per person one way for a reserved coach seat ($47 roundtrip).

Location: Various cities across California (see the full list here)

Why You Should Go: You can see 3 hours of the beautiful California coast for only $47! 

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Laguna Beach

Price: Free; metered parking on streets.

Location: Laguna Beach, California

Why You Should Go: There are 27 different beaches to explore within the city of Laguna, all with amazing blue water. Thousand Steps, Victoria Beach, and Treasure Island are a few of our favorites.

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Casita by The Joshua Tree House

Price per night: $250 a night for up to four guests - That's only $62.50 per person!

Address: Joshua Tree, California (exact address provided upon booking) 

Why You Need To Go: You can stay in a charming home + get endless desert views + a hot tub. 

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Calistoga Spa Hot Springs

Price: From $298 per night

Address: 1006 Washington St, Calistoga, California

Why You Need To Go: You can plan a trip with your girlfriends in the wine country. 

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Lake Tahoe

Price: Varies by beach and park. 

Location: Lake Tahoe, California 

Why You Should Go: You can hike and take a quick dip in enchanting crystal clear natural pools surrounded by a lush, green forest. 

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Aztec Falls

Price: There is a $5 fee at Splinter’s Cabin Trailhead unless you show a valid California Adventure Pass or Interagency Pass in your car.

Location: Pacific Crest Trail, California

Why You Should Go: This waterfall oasis in the desert is the perfect adventure you would never expect to find near San Bernardino. 

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Editor's Note: Aztec Falls is clothing optional. Since California waterfalls are seasonal and SB County can get very hot in the spring and summer, we strongly recommend you check weather conditions before visiting and plan accordingly.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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