Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay
South of Berkeley about three and a half hours away, Big Sur is one of the closer options for significant amounts of snow and winter weather near Berkeley. There are many cabins to rent for both large and small groups, but if you’re into it, one of the best ways to experience Big Sur is by backpacking and camping — there are 14 campsites along the hiking trails. Near the southern edge of the redwoods is where you’re most likely to find snow, and if not, some of the rarest flowers in California. And if you love animals, Big Sur is home to abundant amounts of California wildlife, including deer, coyotes, fox, mountain lion, rabbits, wild boars and, of course, bears.