The Best California Beaches

From wide, golden beaches with abundant sunshine to boardwalks crowded with kids, cotton candy, and roller coasters, California has any kind of beach you could possibly want. Author Stuart Thornton shares a helpful overview of some of the state’s best options for sun, sand, and surf.

Discover the California Road Trip

Take a look at a map of California, and you’ll discover that some of the top destinations in the country are within a day’s drive of one another: San Francisco, Yosemite, and Los Angeles. Push past the state’s borders and add Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, and you’ll have the road trip of a lifetime.

San Diego: Sunny Beaches and Classic Charm

San Diego is less a place and more a state of mind. If there is one lesson to learn from the locals, it is that San Diego is meant to be enjoyed leisurely. Ericka Chickowski discusses the laid-back atmosphere, the temperate climate, the friendly people, and more.

Visiting Los Angeles with Road Trip Expert Jamie Jensen

Love it or hate it, one thing you can’t do about L.A. is ignore it. Road trip expert Jamie Jensen has recommendations for where to eat and where to stay when you’re there. In keeping with the city’s car-centered culture, he also suggests a tour that focuses on a pair of quintessential L.A. drives.

San Diego City Beaches: Point Loma and Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach’s streets are a maze of unique local shops and eateries, and the neighborhood attracts bohemians and beatniks with its distinct counterculture vibe. Point Loma tends to be a little less irreverent, but just as easygoing. Ericka Chickowski tells you all you need to know to navigate this unique corner of San Diego.

Coastal California Road Trip: The Sights of Big Sur

Soaring cliffs dropping to sporadic white-sand beaches exemplify the Big Sur coastline made legendary in film and literature. The region is explored via Highway 1, also called the Pacific Coast Highway, a road that hugs sheer cliffs and passes several state parks, resorts, and restaurants like Nepenthe, seemingly perched on the edge of the world.

Road Trip USA Pacific Coast Highway

Professional traveler Jamie Jensen traveled more than 35,000 miles to bring you the best-selling travel guide Road Trip USA. In this expanded tour of the Pacific Coast Highway, Jamie takes you from the dense green forests of Washington to the gorgeous beaches of Southern California. From logging towns to surfer lore, Road Trip USA Pacific […]