George and Amal Clooney Celebrated Her 40th Birthday With a 24-Hour Getaway in This Epic Place (in America!)

This world-class U.S. destination is actually accessible to mere mortals — no private jet required. 

George and Amal Clooney have been international jet-setters since the day they got hitched. After tying the knot in Venice, Italy, the Los Angeles-based lovebirds continued to hop the pond, now with twin babies in tow. And, there's no signs yet that they've gotten over the travel bug. So, it's perhaps surprising that the couple decided to celebrate a milestone birthday for Amal in — gasp! — the continental United States! But it does dovetail with George's comments that the couple would modify travel to "avoid danger" after the babies were born.

The human-rights lawyer turned 40 on February 3. And to celebrate, she and her husband jetted off to ... Big Sur, California. Granted, it's not that surprising that the travel afficianados would choose the coastal California spot as the perfect spot to celebrate, even if it doesn't require a passport to get to.

With mist-shrouded coastlines, crashing waves, and dramatic cliffs, the area is nothing if not spectacular. It's also not short on great wine. (But, theory: Perhaps the Clooneys are Big Little Lies groupies too? The show does take place in nearby Monterrey!) 

What's more surprising is the fact that the Clooneys' vacation reportedly lasted only 24 hours. Wait, do celebrities have deadlines and real-life commitments to get back to, too? Who knew? This is nothing if not a revelation. To be fair, though, the (relatively) down-to-earth birthday celebration is in line with the couple's history of celebrating such milestones. 

For example, when George turned 55 in 2016, his blushing bride presented him with — ta-da! — a lawnmower. But, perhaps this is where we should mention that the actor planned to use the gift to tidy up "the beautiful front lawn at our house in England." 

Aha! We knew there was a catch. 

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