California, the land of endless possibilities and diverse landscapes, beckons adventurous souls seeking an extraordinary travel experience.
To make it easy for travelers to plan their trips, the 2023 California Road Trips guide includes 13 action-packed itineraries that begin and end at one of the state’s 27 commercial airports, highlighting how easy it is to fly into any region of the Golden State and hit the road.
“California’s natural beauty, diverse topography and culturally rich communities are the perfect backdrop for an epic road trip experience,” said Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California, a nonprofit organization that partners with the state’s travel industry to develop and maintain marketing programs that keep California top-of-mind as a premier travel destination. “This year’s guide showcases how the state’s vast network of international and regional airports provide travelers with convenient access to every corner of the California Road Trip Republic.”
The guide’s cover star, Dwyane Wade, a three-time NBA champion, dad and owner of Napa Valley winery Wade Cellars, moved to Los Angeles after his retirement in 2019. Wade said California granted him a soulful landscape and much-needed quiet time.
“I like to find moments where no one can expect anything of me and California allows me to have those moments,” Wade said. “I’ll drive to the beach and walk next to the water. I’ll drive all over to find those moments to connect with myself… I get my energy from that.”
While California’s world-renowned coastline provides a dramatic backdrop, adventures can be found in every region of the Golden State. Featured drives take travelers to both cities and classic small towns, family attractions and far-reaching, otherworldly landscapes. A few sample road trip itineraries include:
- “Animals, Desert and Offbeat Art” combines kid-friendly experiences like LEGOLAND California and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park with the rich arts culture and stargazing opportunities in Borrego Springs.
- “Cactus and Cocktails” explores both the cosmopolitan pleasures of Palm Springs and the rugged sceneries of Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave National Preserve.
- “National Park Adventures” is a 412-mile adventure that begins at Fresno Yosemite Airport and explores the wonders of Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
- “Road to Gold” is a four-day trek that begins in Sacramento, explores Lake Tahoe and meanders back through Gold Country with photo opportunities at every turn.
- “Innovation and Agricultural Bounty” features a San Jose-based itinerary that showcases cutting-edge arts, charming seaside villages and bountiful farmlands on a 238-mile journey.
No California adventure would be complete without embarking on an epic road trip, offering the freedom to explore the state’s wonders at your own pace. The Pacific Coast Highway, a legendary route winding along the coastline, promises jaw-dropping vistas at every turn. Witness the dramatic beauty of the rugged coastline, stop at charming seaside towns, and bask in the tranquility of pristine beaches. For a taste of nostalgia and a glimpse into the state’s history, take a drive along Route 66, where you can soak in the retro vibes of roadside diners, kitschy motels, and quirky attractions.
A grand California adventure promises an unrivaled blend of natural beauty, casually rich communities, and epic road trips that will leave an indelible mark on your travel memories. From the towering Redwoods to the sun-kissed beaches, from the creative hubs to the star-studded cities, California invites you to embrace its enchanting spirit and embark on a journey that celebrates the essence of wanderlust. So, pack your bags, hit the open road, and let California’s allure unfold before your eyes. Your next adventure awaits!
To order a guide, go to VisitCalifornia.com/Travel-Guides.
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