Thinking about an April California getaway? Spring is a beautiful time to travel in the Golden State, with near-perfect weather, wildflowers, and waterfalls.

The Big Sur coast looks breathtaking in April, with jewel-green hillsides, blooming wildflowers, and  usually clear days. Take a road trip from Carmel to Cambria, or vice versa, to enjoy the views and hike. 

Whale-watching is always exciting in Monterey, but April is one of the better times of the year to spot killer whales in the bay. Walk coastal trails in Pacific Grove and enjoy tender spring produce!

If you visit San Diego in April, enjoy the great weather, and take a trip to Carlsbad to see the colorful flower fields! The acres and acres of ranunculus put on a show each spring.

If you are looking for some spring skiing in California, Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes usually has a long ski season. Highway 395 makes a great drive in April, with the snow-capped Sierras.

For some serious wildflower chasing in a good bloom year, visit Carrizo Plain on a day trip from Paso Robles, in itself a wonderful wine country getaway. The carpets of bloom at Carrizo Plain are jaw-dropping.

Visit Joshua Tree National Park for excellent desert hiking for all skill levels, and wildflowers in good years. Nearby Anza-Borrego State Park si also a wildflower paradise.

Garden lovers visiting Los Angeles in April will be spoiled for choice, with many area gardens in full bloom. Try the Huntington, the Descanso Gardens, or the LA County Arboretum.

Santa Barbara and the nearby Santa Ynez Valley are a wonderful spring getaway in California, with pleasant weather for outdoor exploring and great farm-to-table offerings at restaurants.

SWIPE UP to plan your California April getaway now!