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Climb Yosemite’s granite peaks. Hike among the redwoods in Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Scale the spines of Shasta, Lassen, and Whitney. Ski the slopes of Tahoe, surf the beaches of Santa Cruz, dip your toes into the sea in Big Sur. If you thrive in the natural wonders of the outdoors, travel California.

Hit the latest clubbing hot-spots. Experience award-winning plays. Browse experimental art exhibits, attend splashy gallery openings, sample some of the best cruise of the country, all on the same six-block street. If your heart beats to an urban rhythm, travel California.

After all that, California travel offers even more: tiny coastal towns, sweeping farmlands and vineyards, bone-dry deserts and Gold Country ghost towns. Whatever your speed, find your passion in California.

We’ve got some great ideas to get you started.

Read Liz Hamill Scott’s area overview of California.


Travel Maps of California

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Northern California

 

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Southern California

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Get Inspired With Our Most Recent California Articles

Just getting started planning? Here are our four most recent articles to help you find your way, or dig deeper and browse the latest Moon travel articles for all of California.

A small museum formerly a gas station with the original pumps and a classic 50s car out front.

State by State Route 66 Highlights

A state-by-state look at Route 66 highlights in each of the eight states it passes through, plus notable stretches of still-drivable Mother Road, from Chicago, Illinois to the route’s terminus in California at the Santa Monica Pier.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur.

Plan a California Coast Road Trip with a Flexible Itinerary

This day-by-day route along California’s coast includes helpful travel maps and is flexible enough to start in San Diego, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. Only have two to four days? Each itinerary section can also be its own quick getaway.

Glacier Point after sundown with stars in the sky.

Yosemite at Night

View of Lassen Peak. Photo © Miker37/Dreamstime.com.

Plan a Visit to Lassen Volcanic National Park

A visit to Lassen Volcanic National Park is a trip to a largely unspoiled wilderness. Here are the sights, hikes, visitors centers and museums to explore on your visit, along with a bit of history about the park.