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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.

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Travel Maps of California

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Color map of Northern California

Northern California

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.

Mission Carmel was Father Junípero Serra’s personal favorite among his California mission churches. Photo © Mariusz Jurgielewicz/123rf.

What to See in Carmel-by-the-Sea

The Botanical Building at Balboa Park.

Spend Two Days in San Diego on a California Road Trip

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

California Coast Road Trip: Visiting Santa Cruz

The seacoast city of Santa Cruz, with its ultra-liberal culture, redwood-clad university, and general sense of funky fun, prides itself on keeping things weird. Here’s what to see and do in Santa Cruz, California.

Pump iron at iconic Muscle Beach.

PCH Road Trip: Visiting Venice Beach