Who wouldn’t want to splurge on an exotic trip to a tropical locale in some far, flung destination or a cross-country trek across Europe? The problem for many is finding the time and the money to do it. Not only that, but it takes some planning ahead if you don’t already have a passport. The good news is that you can find some exotic places right in the United States, from the often overlooked U.S. territories to destinations that are even closer to home.
Big Sur, California
If the Italian Riviera is on your bucket list, experience the feel of the stunning Mediterranean region before you can actually get there by visiting California’s stunning coastline. Here, the Santa Lucia Mountains rise alongside a dramatic coastline with picturesque beaches and even the occasional waterfall that plunges to the sand. This epic Mediterranean-style stretch of California coast has been called the “American Riviera,” and it’s one of America’s most stunning destinations. Take the scenic drive down Highway One from San Francisco to discover why this region has inspired and mesmerized so many writers, artists and poets with its dreamlike beauty.