Explore California’s ultra-scenic Steinbeck County.

By Travel + Leisure
February 18, 2014
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Formed more then 23 million years ago, the namesake red rocks at this spectacular park, in California’s Steinbeck County, rival Sedona’s. Today, many hiking and climbing routes wind through the 24,000-acre expanse, which is filled with dramatic spires and ramparts, and draws birdwatchers for its endangered condor and raptor populations.

Pinnacles National Park

Use the park’s western entrance to get to the High Peaks Trail, a 5.5-mile round-trip hike among blooming lupines and poppies (in spring) and eerie volcanic-remnant rock spires.

La Plaza Bakery

Stop here for the best carne asada around.

Inn at the Pinnacles

The six-room B&B is surrounded by acres of Pinot Noir and Syrah vines. Each of the guest rooms has a private entrance and its own patio area with gas grill.