Oh and trails!
Are you in the Bay Area?
If so, start Summit Road from Highway 17 to Mt. Madonna State Park. It's an extremely easy 2WD dirt road to get you started, and there are lots of offshoots to explore.
- Hollister Hills SRVA is a great place to get your feet wet. They have all sorts of meetups there where you can meet experienced people that will take you along. It's a small 800-acre park but its fully dedicated to offroading with every trail rating and obstacle imaginable.
- Pismo Beach's Oceano Dunes is one of the few place in the country where you can drive on the beach. Your jeep can handle it no problem, and it's a good place to start out. But don't underestimate sand. It's still easy to get stuck.
- Las Padres National Forest has the closest excellent green trails with amazing views. My three favorites:
1) Cone Peak Road - takes you near the top of Cone Peak just south of Big Sur. The road is green. Even 2WD cars can do it. The mountain itself has the grade from the ocean in the lower-48. Here's the view from the top. The road takes you most of the way, and the last .2 miles is a hike:
2) Tassajara Road - a long, green road with epic scenery the whole way. Lots of jagged ridge lines, oak and redwood forests, and wide open chaparral.
3) South Coast Ridge Road. Cool vid from a motorcyclist. Your jeep is just as capable:
If you're up for driving to the Sierras, you have 10's of thousands of miles of dirt to explore with the grandest views in California.