From coast to coast and from charming villages to tucked away towns, Modern Luxury's editors offer a curated guide to the country's most amazing places to add to your bucket list now.
WHERE TO STAY >> Situated 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Catalina Island is accessible via helicopter, private plane or boat, and via passenger ferries from Newport Beach, Dana Point, Long Beach or San Pedro. Immerse yourself in the island’s rich history by staying at Mt Ada, the former retreat of gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. and his wife, Ada. The intimate Forbes Four- Star property boasts six exclusive en suite guest rooms and the chance to sip cocktails in Mr. Wrigley’s former billiards room, which features a bar, a fireplace and views of Avalon Bay.
WHERE TO DINE >> By day, book a Presidential Cabana at Descanso Beach Club, where you’ll kick back on a private sun deck with chaise lounges as your personal butler delivers snacks, smoothies and bottle service, and you take in views of Catalina’s iconic casino. As the island’s only beachside restaurant and bar, it’s also the perfect spot to indulge in a leisurely lunch. By night, order a Wrigley Martini at Avalon Grille and dive into executive chef Roberto Hernandez’s California-cool meat and seafood offerings—think ahi tuna, caprese shrimp salad, panseared scallops and grilled octopus.
WHAT TO SEE >> Seafaring activities are aplenty—from a glassbottom boat tour of Lover’s Cove Marine Preserve to a nighttime flying fish voyage under the stars. Golfers will delight in teeing off at Catalina Island Golf Course, the oldest course west of the Mississippi, and adventure enthusiasts will revel in soaring across Descanso Canyon during the high-flying Zip Line Eco Tour.