So here we are…right in the middle of summer with maybe a few weeks to spare before school starts up again. Whether you’re a parent with children, a high school student, a college student, or maybe and adult taking some courses, life is just a few weeks away from going back to normal. Normal can get busy, leaving little to no time for travel. So with some spare time left before the fall starts, why not take some quick weekend getaways to some beautiful destinations on the West Coast?

There are a variety of destinations to travel to, but when we narrow it down to just a few on the West Coast, don’t miss out on these special places you won’t want to leave.

San Diego

San Diego is one of those cities that allows you to get both a city experience and a beach experience. This laid-back Southern California surfer town has quickly and quietly evolved into one of the most famous foodie destinations. It’s one of the most innovative cities for it’s unique and creative restaurants created by experienced chefs that incorporate California’s fresh and delicious crops.

Big Sur

If you’ve been on a road trip up or down the coast of California, you’ve probably passed through Big Sur, which is located just a few hours south of San Jose. Big Sur is a destination that really is as amazing as it’s hyped up to be. This destination consists of 90 miles of breath taking overlooks of rocky cliffs, winding roads and infinite ocean views. This destination never disappoints. Be sure to stay for a few days to explore the many extraordinary exploring opportunities.

Napa Valley/Sonoma

Wine lovers – lo and behold! Napa Valley and Sonoma are calling you! A weekend getaway to Napa Valley and/or Sonoma is the creme de la creme of weekend getaways. It doesn’t get better then the crisp, fresh air and endless vineyards. Yes, wine is the main attractions in this area (it is Wine Country, after all) there are also plenty of restaurants and well-known spas to keep you coming back all the time.

Ellensburg

Ellendburg? Never heard of it? Don’t worry – many people haven’t. Ellendburg is a town located in Washington and is about two hours away from Seattle. Regardless of its close proximity to Seattle, you’ll still feel as if you’re a million miles away. Visitors will enjoy a variety of restaurants and cafés, and endless amounts of fun outdoor activities to enjoy, Ellensburg never disappoints.

Hood River

Last, but certainly not least is the famous Hood River, Oregon. Hood River is located about an hour away from Portland and is a perfect, quaint little town that resides right on the Columbia River Gorge. In Hood River, you can literally snow board on Mt. Hood and stand-up paddle board on the Columbia River all within a few hours. This is a mecca for all outdoor enthusiast and a perfect spot for a weekend away from your normal routine.

Have you ever traveled to any of these destinations? If not, are you planning on traveling to any of them? We’d love to hear from you and your experience to any of these locations. Tell us about it in the comments below!