When summertime hits, so does that itch to travel. With the warm air and relaxing vibe of the season, it's the best time to take a much-needed vacation. As carefree as you may feel this time of year, the one thing you'll have consider is the rising gas prices. No need to let it ruin your spirit though, here is a list of 5 places to travel on one tank of gas.
On days when "June gloom" takes over San Diego, it hardly feels like summer. The cure for that missing sun is a trip to Palm Springs. In this desert town, there are many activities to fill your time. From hiking, golfing, and shopping to lounging by the pool. Palm Springs is also known for being a celebrity vacation spot, so who knows what stars you may run into!
Craving lobster? An hour south of San Diego will take you to Puerto Nuevo, the self-proclaimed "Lobster Capital of Baja." What makes these lobsters so mouth-watering is their traditional preparation of being pan-fried in lard. This keeps the meat juicy and tender. Combine that with beans, rice and fresh tortillas and it's a flawless Mexican meal. Sit by the ocean, drink a few cervezas and enjoy Baja's famous seafood.
If you are looking for a break from the modern day, visit Julian to get the feel of simpler times. In this charming city, you can see historic buildings dating back from the 1870s, visit art galleries, hike, picnic, eat some famous apple pie, and ride in a horse-drawn carriage. This is a great destination to escape the beach crowd for a more leisurely pace of activities.
For the best wine tasting near San Diego, Temecula is the place to go. With over 35 wineries to choose from, your palate is in for a treat. Choose from a self-guided wine tasting adventure or take wine tasting classes. Once you've worked up an appetite, dine in one of the wine country inspired restaurants. If you decide to extend your stay in Temecula, there are several luxury lodging options to choose from. The next day can be spent taking a balloon ride and relaxing at the spa!
One of the numerous perks of southern California is that it contains some of the best amusement parks. A drive 30 miles north will take you to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and a little more driving will land you at Legoland in Carlsbad. Another hour north is home to Disneyland, California Adventure, and Knott's Berry Farm. Just slightly further to Valencia and you can get more thrills in at Six Flags Magic Mountain. With so many theme parks to choose from, there will be no lack of excitement this summer!
For a summer getaway that won't ruin your budget, keep these travel destinations in mind. That way, you can spend more money on activities and less on the gas to get there!