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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.

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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.

Looking up to the sky in Redwood National Park's Lady Bird Johnson Grove.

Pacific Coast Road Trip: Redwood National Park Sights

It’s all about the trees! These top Redwood National Park sights include strolling beneath colossal redwoods and through landscapes peppered with lovely plantlife, long hikes up the coast of endless blue waters, and an incredible canyon with a pre-historic vibe, its walls covered in ferns and streaming water.

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. Photo © Lisa Robinson/The Department of Creativity.

Best Hikes in Redwood National Park

Hiking in Redwood National Park can be a short stop to experience the forest on a few choice trails, or a longer stay for camping and a trip to the backcountry. Here’s a look at some of the park’s best trails, from short, easy hikes and long-hauls along the coast to the most scenic routes and spectacular viewpoints.

Redwood. Photo © Lisa Robinson/The Department of Creativity.

Pacific Coast Road Trip: Visiting Redwood National Park

A great place to stop and stretch your legs on a Pacific Coast road trip is Redwoods National Park, one of the world’s most incredible forests. Here’s everything you need to plan your visit, including the best seasons to visit, visitors centers, and fees and permits.

View of the Flagler Railway and Bridge at Bahia Honda State Park. Photo © Fiona Deaton/123rf.

10 Incredible Road Trip Routes Across America