15 West Coast Destinations You NEED To Visit

Now that summer months are finally within reach, we’re already plotting our next big vacay. And, of course, we’re sitting here scratching our heads as to where, exactly, to go. That's why we enlisted our pals over at Tiny Atlas Quarterly for some guidance.

In honor of the mag's latest issue, which explores the West Coast, founder and publisher Emily Nathan is sharing tips on where to stay, eat, and play in some of the region's coolest enclaves. From camping in remote La Push, Washington, to a Big Sur eatery you can’t miss, consider your summer vacation planned.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tiny Atlas Quarterly/Emily Nathan.
Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico

Where To Stay: The Encuentro Guadalupe

Looking for a unique, modern stay in Mexico? The Encuentro Guadalupe is the way to go. The hotel houses sleek pods on a low mountain, overlooking a rolling wine valley. It also features an infinity pool and a glass villa if you're looking to take things up a notch.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tiny Atlas Quarterly/Emily Nathan.
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What To Do:
Mirador De Ensenada
Perched atop a nigh cliff near Ensenada, this breathtaking viewpoint might trick you into thinking you're in Santorini. Nathan raves about the "delicious shredded coconut and local sweets for sale at the entrance."
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Photo: Courtesy of Tiny Atlas Quarterly/Emily Nathan.
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Where To Eat: Cocina de Doña Esthela

This beloved spot is best for "ridiculously delicious home-style cooked Mexican food," Nathan says. Locals know it as a tried-and-true hangover cure, and Esthela herself makes all the tacos right in front of you. You can't beat that.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tiny Atlas Quarterly/Emily Nathan.
Los Angeles

Where To Stay: Farmer’s Daughter

This boutique hotel is located smack-dab in the heart of Los Angeles — on Melrose, to be exact. It boasts a welcoming vibe with cozy rooms and a tasty on-site restaurant. What more could you ask for?
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What To Do: Matador State Beach

Easily one of the most beautiful beaches in Los Angeles, Matador is great for those who want to get a good hike in or just lounge and soak in the views of SoCal. The beach has many hidden caves and rocks that provide a private feel.
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Where To Eat: Dinette

Grabbing a quick bite on the go? Don't skip Dinette in Echo Park. You'll find pastries and coffee that are as delicious as they are Instagram-worthy.
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San Francisco

Where To Stay:
The Battery
Sure, it may be known as the techie hangout, but Nathan contends that The Battery is worth checking out, thanks to gorgeous rooms and a spacious, tastefully appointed dining area. Interior designer Ken Fulk outfitted each room with a luxe yet rustic vibe.
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Where To Eat: Outerlands

This beachy brunch hangout is a local favorite. Located on the edge of the city in the Outer Sunset, trust us when we say that it is worth the two-hour wait. Truly. Don't skip the eggs in jail — it's beyond tasty.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tiny Atlas Quarterly/Helena Price.
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What To Do:
Tennessee Valley Hike
To blend in with the locals in S.F., taking a hike in the city or the surrounding areas is a must. Try the scenic Tennessee Valley hike just over the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin for awe-inspiring views.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tiny Atlas Quarterly/Ashley Camper.
La Push, Washington

What To Do: Camping at La Push

We can think of few things as beautiful as soaking up the Washington coast. La Push is a quaint little town located on the Quileute River and swinging through during the warmer months is definitely recommended.
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Photo: Courtesy of Quileute Oceanside Cottages.
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Where To Stay:
Quileute Oceanside Cottages
Also located in La Push, the Quileute Oceanside Cottages are just about as quirky as they come. The property has over 70 cabins and is a great option for those who want to forego tents. Plus, with prices around $60 to $200 a night, there are options for every budget.
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Big Sur

What To Do:
Pfeiffer State Beach
Crashing waves, secluded enclaves, waterfalls. You'll find all of this at Big Sur's Pfeiffer State Beach. There's a good reason this location is such an Instagram star. If you're headed to the central coast, this is one destination you don't want to gloss over.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tiny Atlas Quarterly/Emily Nathan.
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Where To Eat:
Big Sur Bakery
An iconic pitstop along Highway 1 in Big Sur, Big Sur Bakery is an ideal option for a casual lunch or dinner. Swing by for treats before the beach or for a glass of wine.
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Photo: Courtesy of Glen Oaks Big Sur.
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Where To Stay:
Glen Oaks Inn
Hidden off Highway 1, Glen Oaks Inn is a property that features a slew of modern cabins and cottages with towering redwoods canopying above. You'll find updated interiors, outdoor fire pits, and yoga mats in each room.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tiny Atlas Quarterly/Marianna Jamadi.
Ojai

Where To Stay:
Ojai Rancho Inn
This boho-style hotel in the heart of Ojai is so much more than eye candy. The adorable lodging features wood-paneled rooms, stylish decor, and bikes to ride around the Ojai countryside.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ojai Farmers Market.
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What To Do: Farmer's Market

Get a feel for the local scene with a trip to Ojai's farmer's market. Bring your own basket and load up on nature's bounty.
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