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Fascinating Road Trips

Hop in, buckle up, and join us as we motor around the Golden State in search of some amazing drives

Our podcast guests often rave about one very special way to experience California: a classic road trip, where the destination and the journey are one and the same. We’ve compiled some of our favorite chats from the past six months, covering everything from great dining to epic views to quirky diversions. We hit the road with host Soterios Johnson’s conversation with travel expert Nathan Lump, who recounts the delicious detours he took while driving through Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley wine region.

After that, travel show host Samantha Brown discusses her drive to Big Sur along Highway 1; architecture expert Sam Lubell suggests a road trip dotted with jaw-dropping buildings; and author Matt Jaffe offers advice on exploring Death Valley. Our road trip collection ends on a tasty note as Thom Curry, co-owner of the Temecula Olive Oil Co., suggests stops for an olive-oil-tasting odyssey, and beer documentarian Jeff Smith details the ultimate craft beer itinerary. 




Former Travel + Leisure Editor-in-Chief Nathan Lump recounts his Anderson Valley road trip along Highway 128 to the Mendocino Coast.

Samantha Brown visited Monterey and Big Sur, situated along California’s Central Coast. Her stops included:

Architecture aficionado Sam Lubell explores some of California’s most interesting new structures.

Matt Jaffe unveils the ideal itinerary for a quick trip to Death Valley National Park.

Thom Curry introduces listeners to the olive oil tasting experience in California.

Filmmaker Jeff Smith builds an itinerary for the ultimate craft beer road trip, starting in San Diego.


About the Host

Soterios Johnson, formerly the local host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on radio station WNYC, moved from New York City to Davis, Calif., in 2016 and is just getting to know his surroundings. By combining his journalistic instincts with his personal curiosity, Johnson will use the California Now platform to develop a deeper understanding of his adopted home.

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