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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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Color map of Northern California

Northern California

 

Color map of Southern California

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.

Natural arch along Northern California's Mendocino Coast.

Driving Hwy-1 Along California’s Northern Coast

View of lakefront Vikingsholm and its beach.

5 Best Sights in South Lake Tahoe

thousand island lake

Moon Muir Trek: Day One Trail Report

Moon’s Senior Cartographer Kat Bennett, her husband Landis, and their friends Chris and Jim are on a three-week backpacking trek to explore the John Muir Trail. Kat is providing periodic trail updates so you can follow along on the journey.

Rio Grande Gorge in New Mexico. Photo © Candacy Taylor.

Route 66 Road Trip: 14-Day Itinerary

This two-week itinerary hits the key highlights on the Mother Road and honors the places that have stood the test of time. Start in Chicago or Los Angeles, and if you run short on time, consider prioritizing the mom-and-pop, off-the-wall places for a true Route 66 experience.