Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur:   With a priceless perch over the Pacific and only two hike-in campsites, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is more private paradise than crowded campground—which is why the sites are usually booked six months out. From site 1, shaded under Monterey cypress, you can sip your morning joe to the bark of sea lions. $30; no potable water; parks.ca.gov/jpb

California, Hawaii, & Mexico: 55 best campgrounds

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur: With a priceless perch over the Pacific and only two hike-in campsites, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is more private paradise than crowded campground—which is why the sites are usually booked six months out. From site 1, shaded under Monterey cypress, you can sip your morning joe to the bark of sea lions. $30; no potable water; parks.ca.gov/jpb

Five things to do in Round Top

Five things to do in Round Top

Junk Gypsy World Headquarters just outside Round Top is finally open. Photo: Molly Glentzer

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