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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.

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.

La Jolla Caves. Photo © Dollar Photo Club.

Driving Southern California on the Pacific Coast Highway

Drive Southern California’s coast via PCH (that’s what cool people call CA-1) and you’ll encounter some of the best beaches and most fashionable hubs in the state, from Malibu’s glorious El Matador Beach to Venice Beach and its boardwalk spectacle.

The Cholla Cactus Garden along Pinto Basin Road. Photo © Jenna Blough.

5-Day Best of Joshua Tree Itinerary

The landscape of Joshua Tree National Park is mesmerizing—from the spiky trees to the scoured desert, and jumbled boulders begging to be climbed. Explore the land, climb mountains and mines, and experience all the best of Joshua Tree with this 5-day itinerary.

Fan palms in Palm Canyon. Photo © Jenna Blough.

Travel Itinerary: Palm Springs Weekend Getaway

Palm Springs is a hipper Las Vegas, a more restrained and stylish resort destination that’s perfect for a weekend getaway. Whether you’re lounging poolside at a mid-century resort, partying at a ladies’ weekend, or relaxing at a couples’ spa getaway, Palm Springs has got your weekend wonderland squared away.

Hollywood Boulevard. Photo © Lisa Robinson/The Department of Creativity.

Seeing Stars in LA: Stargazing and Celebrity Landmarks

There are two types of stars to watch for in LA: celebrities and, well, stars. For your fill of classic Hollywood stars, take a gander at these celebrity landmarks in Hollywood. If you’d like to sight some celestial bodies along with your celebrities, head to Griffith Observatory.