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Big Sur, CA
How to get there: Hit the road from Northern or Southern California — it’s less than three hours from San Francisco and six from L.A. It’s a beautiful drive, too, especially if you take historic Route 1 along the Pacific coast, which passes through Malibu, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, and slew of other beach towns.
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Where To Stay: You can camp or stay in a hotel in the nearby towns of Monterey or Carmel. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is considered the best site to pitch a tent, although it does usually require advanced booking. If you're going super spontaneously, try Limekiln State Park’s 33 campsites, which are first come first served.
What To Do: There are beaches, hiking, and breathtaking waterfall views, but once you get your fill of the outdoors, head to the Henry Miller Memorial Library or grab some food at Sebastian's General Store. More into city living? Carmel is a posh seaside town full of bars, restaurants, and art galleries where you can take a break from camping.
How to get there: The rustic town of Moab is easily drivable from Denver or Salt Lake City. You can even score a cheap last-minute flight into Grand Junction, CO, which is a quick 90-minute drive away. Moab is located off Interstate 70 and is adjacent to several national parks.
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Where to stay: Moab is best known for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and their many outdoor activities, so it's a popular camping spot. But, for an alternative to the rustic route, check out Moab Under Canvas, a chic glamping spot, where you can score a platform tent for as low as $89 per night. It’s like camping — but with beds.
What to do: Hike to Corona Arch (if only for the photo opp). If you’re feeling really adventurous, there are tons of companies that arrange for rafting trips down the Colorado River, rock climbing, and horse rides. You can also rent mountain bikes and hit the iconic Courthouse Loop or the Canyonlands Sunrise route.
Ocean City, MD
How to get there: Drive along the Maryland coast to this beachside resort town from anywhere in Maryland, Virginia, or even from Philadelphia. It’s about three hours from D.C. or Baltimore, and there are plenty of other cool seaside towns to check out once you arrive, as well as the nearby Chincoteague Island.