California's Santa Cruz is the epitome of beach culture, enticing visitors with its Pacific Avenue, Beach Boardwalk, University campus, and Natural Bridges State Park.
Nature travel options in the Monterey-Carmel-Big Sur region are a major attraction in the region, ranging from a visit to the Aquarium to a walk in Point Lobos.
California's "other" redwood country, especially Bag Basin State Park, is almost as enticing as the huge parks in far northern California.
When the coronavirus worries abate, consider a visit to John Steinbeck's house in Salinas and the National Steinbeck Center two blocks away. They acquaint a traveler with the life and novels of this literary icon, who wrote the classics, The Grapes of Wrath and Cannery Row.
For more than 30 years my four sisters and I, accompanied by our parents, spouses, significant others, and children, gathered for an annual summer family reunion.
In his novel Cannery Row, John Steinbeck immortalized for the modern traveler the sardine canning world of the Monterey, California waterfront.
Author John Steinbeck, if he were alive today and thinking back on his novel Cannery Row, would appreciate the irony that the sardines have had quixotic ups and downs in their population levels off his beloved Monterey Bay in California.
A drive down the Big Sur Coast from Carmel presents one of the most scenic 26 miles of coastline in California.