The excitement overseas, and even here in the United States, is palpable: Meghan Markle is bringing a breath of fresh air to the royal family, and when she and Prince Harry exchange vows on May 19, the British monarchy will be changed forever—in a good way, most people seem to agree.

Tradition is great and all, but so is innovation and fresh thinking and being true to yourself. Markle represents all of these things, and so does Harry. And yes, so does California.

Given all of that, we created four distinct travel itineraries inspired by the royal couple—trips that combine luxury and an adventurous spirit and occur entirely within the Golden State. Here's how you can explore California like a member of the monarchy. 

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How to Adventure Like a Royal

Adventure-filled vacations provided the building blocks for the royal romance between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. While he lived in England and she worked in Toronto, a casual rendezvous often meant trips to far-flung locations, such as a safari in Botswana and a Northern Lights getaway in Norway. Channel the couple’s love of adventure with these epic California trip ideas.

Highlights include whale watching along the Pacific Coast, stargazing in a remote corner of Death Valley National Park, and whitewater rafting at Otter Bar Lodge in the Shasta Cascade region. And let's not forget to glamp: A fabulous backdrop for any date, Autocamp in Guerneville is the sort of rugged-meets-romantic experience the royal couple seems to relish. Tucked in the redwoods-filled Russian River Valley 90 minutes north of San Francisco, Autocamp offers high-end glamping options that include Airstream model suites and airy canvas tents.

8 Ways to Dine Like a Royal

Markle, the Suits star and California girl, is a self-proclaimed foodie, a fan of both healthy eating and the occasional indulgence. In honor of her royal wedding to Prince Harry, we’ve rounded up a handful of the state’s trendiest spots and most exclusive tables into a must-taste itinerary worthy of a princess—but available to you. 

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Tasting menus in Wine Country sound like a good place to start, don't you think? The Restaurant at Meadowood and The French Laundry both offer options fit for a king, queen, prince, or princess. Another great option: eating outside. The farm-to-table philosophy that has swept the country is often traced to Chez Panisse in Berkeley. That movement reaches its modern apex with Outstanding in the Field’s pop-up dinner parties, outdoor extravaganzas that take place at farms and vineyards where local purveyors and chefs come together to create one-of-a-kind meals around a single large table. Locations and menus vary for each meal, from a secret sea cove in Santa Cruz to an organic date ranch in Palm Springs. 

How to Ride Like a Royal

You've heard it before: It's not about the destination; it's the journey. If that's true, figuring out how you're going to get from Point A to Point B is essential. From private helicopters to luxurious yachts, Meghan and Harry know how to travel. You too can ride like a royal with these absolutely California experiences fit for a duchess and duke. Want to soar over the vineyards? Done. Prefer to ride in a yacht? You got it. If a sleek Aston Martin sounds like your speed you can do that too. 


8 Ways You Can Shop Like a Royal

After the wedding it's time to feather the nest, right? California delivers on this front too. The Golden State's high-end shopping options include West Hollywood hip, understated sophistication in Santa Barbara, over-the-top glamour on Rodeo Drive, desert delights, and so much more. Whether you’re hoping for VIP treatment or simply want to visit Markle’s go-to boutiques, head for these eight shopping destinations—both specific stores and some fashion-rich districts—to cultivate a wardrobe worthy of a royal.