Road trips from Southern California: Central California
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Distance: 325 miles one-way
Visitors cant resist the seaside setting. Other popular sights in Carmel-by-the-sea are the rustic Anglophile architecture, the legion of art galleries and the mission (where Father Junípero Serra is buried).
Contact: Carmel Chamber of Commerce, (800) 550-4333, www.carmelcalifornia.com