California Road Trip
An Unforgettable West Coast Road Trip!
California has some of the most famous, scenic and fun places to visit in the USA. The proximity of the destinations in California make sense for a road trip getaway across the state...but don't let the number of destinations fool you! It's still the 3rd biggest state in the country, and could fit the entire country of England in its borders 3 times! If California were a country, it would be the 8th largest money making country in the world!
Whether you're planning a southern CA road trip to places like Palm Springs, LA or San Diego, or a northern California road trip to San Francisco or Yosemite, this guide will walk you through what the state has to offer.
The Road Trip Lens Series:
California's National Parks
California has a huge amount of popular national parks that you'll recognize. All are different, as the climate ranges from uninhabitable desert regions like Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley, to the High Sierras of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. A trip to California wouldn't be complete without a visit to the unmatched beauty of Yosemite National Park.
Panda at the San Diego Zoo
San Diego --> Los Angeles
San Diego and Los Angeles might look close together on a map, but they're about 2-3 hours apart, even more if you encounter traffic (which happens a lot!)...speaking of which, you can find out the latest traffic reports for California here.
Huntington Beach Pier
The Massive Urban Sprawl of Los Angeles
Pacific Coast Highway
Most of the best things to do and see on California's coast revolve around the Pacific Coast Highway, or are very close by! You can pretty much guarantee that at any given point on Hwy 1 that there's only excellent hotels to stay at, along with some of the best views.
The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco
Would you want to live in California if you live somewhere else?
The Big Three
San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles define the entire culture of the state.
Find Yourself in California
Lassen Volcanic National Park
- Welcome to the State of California
The official site of the state of California. If you're visiting or if you live there, you'll find some good links.
- California on Wikipedia
Find out the history of the state up until present day, ecology, population, climate, geography, culture, economy and more on this informative page.
- California Map
Download a huge map of California in PDF format.
- Visit California
Explore the state region by region, it's very easy and clear. It's very detailed, and they did a great job with this site. It's broken down by activities, wine & dine, outdoor recreation, family fun, winter recreation, golf, and arts & cultur
- Everything California
Mottos, slogans, lowest elevation, nicknames, state bird, state flag, you name it, it's all here!
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