California 1, Big Sur, CA
"Pfeiffer Beach is located in the heart of Big Sur and is one of the favorite beaches in all of Big Sur. Pfeiffer Beach is a Day Use Area, no overnight camping. Hours 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM 7 days a week. $5.00 entrance fee."
Personal Experience: When we arrived they were turning away cars because the parking lot was full. We were given the option to walk the 2 miles to the beach and since we're up for random adventures we thought "why not?" The walk definitely took awhile but the scenery is pretty and there are plenty of small details that you wouldn't notice if you were driving. Once we got to the beach, we were blown away. It's the most beautiful beach I have ever seen in person. Apparently there are areas of purple sand here due to manganese deposits but I did not notice and only read about it after my trip.
Anza Borrego Desert
Cuyamaca State Park