California Trips


What Inspires You?

Beaches  ▪  Family  ▪  Food  ▪  Haunted  ▪  Music  ▪  National Parks  ▪  Outdoor Adventures  ▪  Relaxation  ▪  Road Trips  ▪  Scenic Drives  ▪  Shopping  ▪   Space  ▪  Weekend Getaways

Destinations: Trips by State or Province  ▪  Northeast  ▪  South  ▪  Midwest  ▪  West  ▪  Canada  ▪  Mexico
Seasons: Spring  ▪  Summer  ▪  Fall  ▪  Winter

The Golden State boasts 840 miles of coastline, majestic mountains, historic missions, towering redwoods, legendary wineries, numerous national parks and even a town dedicated to garlic. (That would be Gilroy.) Put the top down on your rental car and drive from San Diego to San Francisco, visit historic California Gold Rush towns or explore the nine national parks and 110 state parks.

Searching for Surf and Self Along the West Coast

Riding waves renews joy and restores confidence after a bad mountain fall.
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California Coast Inspires a Love for the Ocean

During a road trip up the coast, five residents share their passion for the Pacific.
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Rediscovering California’s Eastern Sierra

A photographic journey along an iconic mountain range on the West Coast brings healing and much more.
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Road Trip to See Whales

A whale watcher dedicates nearly four decades to an unanticipated passion.
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Friends Reconnect on a Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip

Once stricken by grief, a world traveler returns the gift of kindness on the way to Big Sur.
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A Multigenerational Trip to San Diego Creates Lifelong Memories

Parents and grandparents help nurture children’s interests on their family vacation.
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Chasing the Light in Joshua Tree National Park

College friends reunite in a desert wonderland with a deepened appreciation for each other.
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Five National Parks Near Los Angeles

All the destinations are beautiful and within a day’s drive.
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Nostalgic Route 66 Road Trip: Santa Monica to Albuquerque

On the “Mother Road,” you’ll find welcoming smiles and the guardian angel of the trail.
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Cruising the Pacific Coast Highway - California

Road trip continues through the northern California redwoods and on to sunny SoCal beaches.
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Cruising the Pacific Coast Highway - Washington and Oregon

Traveler’s long-awaited road trip starts in Seattle and winds through the Northwest.
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A San Luis Obispo County Stay, Three Ways

New California residents try camping, glamping and a destination hotel, all in one road trip.
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Napa’s Calistoga Specializes in Stress Reduction and Small-Town Charm

A dozen spas pamper guests with mud baths, massages and mineral pools.
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San Francisco: A Gateway to Yosemite National Park

An easy road trip takes you from a world-class city to a top national park.
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Drive to Napa Valley for the “Other Harvest” — Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Fans of “liquid gold” can set up tasting tours at wineries and shops.
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Insider's Guide to San Francisco Attractions

Tips on what to see, do, eat and drink on your next visit.
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Celebrate the Seasons at Yosemite National Park

From roaring waterfalls to colorful trees, the park is a year-round spectacle.
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Castello di Amorosa: A Tuscan-Style Castle in California

You’ll feel like royalty at this unique winery in Napa Valley.
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A Traveler's Tribute to Trees

The drive from Olympic National Park to San Francisco features spectacular views of towering forests.
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Explore California's Redwood Coast

This scenic region runs north from San Francisco through Redwoods National and State Parks along Highway 101.
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Weekend Getaway to Solvang, California

A couple looks for romance in a Danish-themed town.
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5 Midsize Cities With Thriving Art Scenes

Bigger cities such as New York or Los Angeles are well-known for their galleries, but here are five that might surprise you.
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Weekend Getaway to Fresno, California

The city makes a convenient base to explore several beautiful national parks.
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Weekend Getaway to Half Moon Bay

Cozy beach town is a short drive — and a world away — from San Francisco.
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Bodie, California: A Ghost Town You Should Visit

About 200,000 people visit annually, but the buildings have no residents.
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5 Indie Bookstores Worth a Trip

These literary spots offers a unique experience in addition to a good read.
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Modern-Day Prospectors

From San Francisco, Jess and Eddie take a weekend road trip to Happy Camp, California, to learn gold-panning.
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Rescue Relay

Group proves love knows no boundaries.
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