The new 2020 California Visitor’s Guide features 196 inspiration-filled pages to help you plan your next Golden State vacation. The free guidebook, which also includes a fold-out state map and Road Trips Guide, will be delivered right to your door. Read below for seven reasons you should get your own copy, then order here now.
1. Discover the latest travel trends.
Have you heard of "gramping"? Did you know you can volunteer to help restore Big Sur’s trails? Do you want to track the latest food hall openings or new zoo exhibits? In the first section of this year’s guide, you’ll find a diverse collection of compelling reasons to visit California in 2020.
2. Learn what Steve Martin loves about the Golden State.
The legendary entertainer graces this year’s cover, holding the beloved banjo on which he strummed his latest song, “California.” In a fun and informative Q&A, Martin reflects on his early years in Southern California—which included a childhood gig selling programs at Disneyland—and shares his memories from working and living throughout the state.
3. Plan your next culinary road trip.
A panel of high-profile food critics, sommeliers, and award-winning chefs—including Dominique Crenn and Niki Nakayama—shared their top California bars and restaurants worthy of visiting. From a farm stand in San Diego to a casual taqueria in Santa Barbara to a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Healdsburg, you’ll want to take note of this collection of eateries for your next California road trip.
4. Find your perfect snow getaway.
Eager to book a ski trip but not sure where to go? Answer a series of questions about your ideal winter vacation and our decision tree will point you toward the perfect destination, whether you’re looking for double black runs or s’mores with a view.
5. Uncover under-the-radar destinations.
The 2020 California Visitor’s Guide covers every corner of the state to help you discover small towns, remote natural wonders, and unique attractions. Plus: You’ll learn new ways to experience familiar destinations like San Francisco and Palm Springs.
6. Hack your next theme park visit.
Take advantage of our insider tips to get the most out of your next trip to Disneyland Resort, Universal Studios, LEGOLAND California, and six other theme parks. With time-stamped itineraries that recommend the best times to go on popular rides and see the latest shows, this feature will help you maximize every minute of your time.
7. Get a surfing 101 lesson.
Want a quick introduction to California’s official state sport? Check out “California Surf Culture: an A to Z Guide” for a tutorial on surfing history, famous waves, influential people, and more.
You can find the 2020 California Visitor’s Guide at California Welcome Centers, select newsstands, and on VisitCalifornia.com. While you’re exploring the state, bring the guide with you, snap a photo, and tag it #GuideMeCalifornia.