With 840 miles of blissful coastline, nine national parks, world-class restaurants, and endlessly diverse landscapes, California is arguably the road trip capital of the world. Find inspiration for your next Golden State getaway with the brand new 2021 California Road Trips guide, available for free and delivered right to your door.
This year’s guide is bigger than ever, packed with travel tips and inspired itineraries, covering 2,789 miles of total roadway with hundreds of recommendations along the way. Learn all about cover star Kevin Costner’s favorite only-in-California experiences, how to choose the right set of wheels for your trip, and the best way to travel with pets in tow.
Each of the nine detailed road trips originate in easily accessible urban centers: Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area (San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose) and Southern California (Los Angeles, San Diego, and Anaheim). The “Wine to Waterfalls” trek takes travelers on a stunning journey marked by high-end luxury experiences and endless natural beauty. It includes world-famous wineries as well as some hidden viticultural gems in Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Lodi, and Murphys. The final destination on this trip? Yosemite National Park where you can watch the sun set behind majestic Half Dome.
If it’s rugged ocean views you’re after, try the “Golden Gate to Big Trees” road trip where you’ll cross San Francisco’s most famous bridge and drive north into Marin County, stopping to slurp a few oysters near Tomales Bay. Continuing up the coast through Mendocino County, you’ll kayak among harbor seals in Van Damme State Park and let sea sounds lull you to sleep at the Little River Inn. For the final stretch, you’ll enter California’s Redwood Coast and explore the earth’s largest living things at the Avenue of Giants and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.
The “San Diego Sojourn” explores a completely different side of the Golden State. Start your engines in sunny San Diego and head through the city’s coastal North County towns, stopping for lunch at The Crack Shack in Encinitas before touring the California Surf Museum in Oceanside. Next, you’ll trade seaside views for shaded alpine terrain in the mountain town of Julian before finishing your trip with open skies, bighorn sheep, and dramatic badlands in Anza-Borrego State Park.
Get the full itineraries for these trips, as well as six other incredible California adventures in the 2021 California Road Trips. Flip through the digital version or request a free print copy sent directly to your home.