The California coast is one of the most diverse and beautiful stretches of landscape in the United States; it's no wonder Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall picked Big Sur as the place for their undercover elopement on New Year's Eve.

We can't help but wonder if the newlyweds headed up north to the Bay Area to celebrate their wedding. San Francisco is less than 150 miles north of that picturesque Big Sur coastline, and with the bevy of innovations that stem from San Francisco, Berkeley and Silicon Valley, it's a big draw for outdoor lovers like Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall.