Trip This, Not That

Craving a different destination? Try these off the beaten paths
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theessentials_masa_tInstead of Carmel…Go to Point Reyes
The longer drive yields a bucolic setting that belongs in Ireland.

 

theessentials_masa_tInstead of Big Bear…Go to Idyllwild
The artist colony hides above Palm Desert.

 

theessentials_masa_tInstead of Flagstaff…Go to Prescott
You get small-town charm and Northern Arizona altitude.

 

theessentials_masa_tInstead of San Francisco…Go to Berkeley
Chez Panisse, UC Berkeley, the marina, a lively arts district—why not?

 

theessentials_masa_tInstead of Mammoth Lakes…Go to June Lake
The waterside alpine hamlet affords screensaver views.

 

theessentials_masa_tInstead of South Tahoe…Go to North Tahoe
There’s more nature and more small towns to poke around in.

 

theessentials_masa_tInstead of the South Rim of Grand Canyon…Go to the North Rim
Open May through October, it gets about 4 million fewer visitors a year without skimping on pupil-dilating vistas.

All photographs courtesy flickr.com