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Route 66 Through California

Before you reach the sun-washed Pacific Coast, following Route 66 through California means first trekking across a parched, wind-swept desert. Read up on route advice, driving tips, where to eat, stay, play, and more on the final stretch of the Mother Road.

The 1956 edition of The Green Book. Photo © Candacy Taylor.

Route 66 and the Negro Motorist Green Book

During Route 66’s peak, sundown towns made life hard for black travelers. The Negro Motorist Green Book aimed to make travel easier by listing black-friendly establishments. Here are the best remaining Green Book properties on Route 66.

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Moon Coastal California

Travel writer and longtime California resident Stuart Thornton covers the best of Coastal California, from hiking through redwoods in Big Sur to surfing the waves at Black’s Beach in San Diego. Thornton is the perfect tour guide, offering unique trip ideas for a wide variety of travelers, including Pacific Coast Road Trip and Romantic Getaways. […]

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Moon California Hiking

Join seasoned outdoors authors Tom Stienstra and Ann Marie Brown on an unforgettable adventure. With their unique perspective and advice you can trust, Moon California Hiking has everything you need to know to explore California’s gorgeous trails. Moon California Hiking shows hikers the best way to experience all California has to offer—from breathtaking coastal walks […]

If driving along Pacific cliffs appeals to you, hop on Pacific Coast Highway 1 when you hit San Luis Obispo.

Road Trip Itinerary: San Diego to San Francisco in Two Days

You could drive from San Diego to San Francisco in several hours of featureless traffic, or you could take your time exploring the scenic route. Our two-day itinerary gives you time to lounge on the beach, enjoy the natural splendor of the central coast, and leaves plenty of time for cosmopolitan fun.

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Moon West Coast RV Camping

Award-winning author Tom Stienstra covers more than 2,000 RV parks and campgrounds throughout Washington, Oregon, and California in Moon West Coast RV Camping. Stienstra provides a range of outdoor options that appeal to campers with kids, pets, or recreational equipment, as well as those looking for a beachfront, natural springs, or island retreat. Stienstra also […]

A lifeguard station on the beach next to the Santa Monica Pier.

Best of the West 14-Day Road Trip: SF, Yosemite, Vegas, LA…

By driving in a rough loop, you can hit all the top destinations of the West—San Francisco, Yosemite, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and LA—in two weeks. This day-by-day route begins in San Francisco, but you can just as easily start in Los Angeles or Las Vegas if that works better for you.