4. Monterey • California For a west coast beach vacay, Monterey has something for everyone, including great beaches and legendary golf courses. You can visit historic Cannery Row and spend an afternoon getting to know the sea life at the Monterey Bay Aquarium or go on a whale watching adventure. Summer is the off season, so if you don’t mind hot weather (You can always cool off in the Pacific!) this is one of the best cheap trips you can take.