From rainbow-colored mountain drives to hidden emerald pools and gorgeous Airbnb rentals, there are so many gems you probably never even knew existed.
Price: $25 Death Valley National Park entrance fee
Location: Artist’s Drive, Death Valley National Park, CA
Why You Should Go: You can drive through 9 miles of beautiful rainbow-colored mountains.
Location: Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, CA
Why You Should Go: You can walk along a beach of beautiful rainbow-colored stones!
Location: Beal Rd., Calipatria, CA
Why You Should Go: You can walk along a giant colorful man-made mountain and explore artist’s caves!
Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
Price: $10 entrance fee per vehicle
When: Mid-February - May
Location: 15101 Lancaster Rd, Lancaster, CA
Why You Should Go: This is one of the best places in California to see the super bloom, and their limited super bloom season is starting soon.
Location: Emerald Pools Trail, Nevada City, CA
Why You Should Go: You can swim in amazing clear blue water pools. Chances are, you'll get it all to yourself.
Price: A kayak for two starts at $50 per hour.
Location: 8612 N Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, CA
Why You Should Go: You can rent a clear kayak to explore the emerald waters of Lake Tahoe.
Price: $488 a night; that's only $34.85 per person if you split the cost with friends.
Location: Paso Robles, CA (exact address provided upon booking)
Why You Should Go: You and your friends can rent out an entire villa with a waterfall and swim-up bar for cheap.
Price: $10 cash park entrance fee per vehicle
Location: Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California
Why You Should Go: You can explore an actual purple sand beach in California.
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.