Posted by: cj | December 5, 2008

Farewell…and Top 10 off-the-beaten-path California destinations

For those of you who aren’t familiar with us, Travel Blog is a blogging assignment for a web journalism class at Syracuse University.  Today is the last day we’re required to post and I hope you’ve enjoyed our entries. So since our assignment is coming to an end, here’s a question I would like to pose to the readers we’ve (hopefully) picked up along the way:

And in homage to my home state, here are the top 10 off-the-beaten-path California destinations that TravBuddy ranked for 2008.

  1. Monterey—Cities along Highway 1 were a popular theme, and TravBuddies went to Monterey to check out the world renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium and for the scenic drives.
  2. Santa Cruz—Monterey’s northern cousin was also very popular for hiking, the boardwalk and beaches during the summer months.
  3. Palm Springs—Popular Labor Day weekend destination among TravBuddies for hiking, dining and as a local escape from Los Angeles.
  4. Lake Tahoe—Lake Tahoe is known for its snow sports, but it was also popular during the summer months for water-skiing, hiking, fishing, and exploring nearby “ice caves.”
  5. Napa Valley—This wine-tasting mecca was a favorite weekend getaway for Bay Area natives.
  6. Joshua Tree National Park—TravBuddies endured attacks by flying bats to witness beautiful sunrises and spectacular hiking among the alien landscape of Joshua trees.
  7. San Simeon—Hearst Castle was a popular stop, as were the 2-ton elephant seals that gather along the shores here.
  8. Laguna Beach—Beautiful beaches and the annual Festival of the Arts made this laid back community another favorite along Highway 1.
  9. Big Sur—Despite the fires, solitude, star-gazing, and hiking made Big Sur a favorite among those seeking a little more peace, quiet and isolation.
  10. Santa Rosa—Wine, hiking and the Charles M. Schulz Museum were popular draws to this Sonoma County destination.
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