From Nancy Trejos in USA Today published December 3, 2018

December is peak travel season as travelers take advantage of the holidays.

Many have to journey to see their relatives. But for those who can take trips just for leisure, there are plenty of options.

Here are a few places around the USA and abroad that shine in December.

California Central Coast

The devastating California wildfires have been making headlines, but there are still parts of the state that are welcoming tourists.

The central coast has many unique towns along the Pacific Coast Highway that are eager for visitors.

There’s the seaside town of Morro Bay, the Monterey Aquarium, Hearst Castle, and Big Sur. All benefit from warm weather and proximity to the ocean.

“December is a great time to experience the original road trip – California’s Highway 1,” says Michelle Carlen, president of the Central Coast Tourism Council.

Despite the warmth, people can still go ice skating at Gilroy Gardens and watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas” live. They can take sleigh rides in Ventura and go whale watching in Oxnard.

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