Hiking the Hills Above Carmel Valley, California
For the best vantage points on the bucolic Carmel Valley, you've got to climb. At dog-friendly 4500-acre Garland Ranch Regional Park, amble along the river through grassy meadows studded with spring flowers, then climb 1800 feet up the wooded hillsides for killer views. Or hit the woods on horseback, high above the valley floor, on a guided trail ride at Holman Ranch. If it's a hot day, and you’re staying somewhere without a pool, you can pay $7 to swim at Los Laureles Lodge, and sip margaritas in the sun with the locals.