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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.


Planning Your Trip

Visiting Northern California? If You Have…

A weekend: Visit San Francisco.
Five days: Add the Wine Country or visit Monterey and Big Sur.
One week: Add Yosemite and Tahoe.
Or check out the following articles for ideas across the state.

California Trip Itineraries

The best California travel on a schedule. Any schedule.

California Road Trips

California roads more (or less) traveled.

Where to Go in California

California travel bucket list.

Beaches in California

Sun and sand for every occasion.

Other Recreation in California

Travel California outside the box.

Other California Articles

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