California Road Trips

Feature Photo: Courtesy of Dominik Lange

The best way to see the beauty and variety of California is on a road trip. Want to experience San Francisco? San Diego? Mendocino? It’s all here. Take your pick: mountains, beach, desert, charming rural towns, active city life… From weekend to week-long road trips, here are our guides to visiting popular California destinations by wheel, including where to eat, stay and things to do while in town.

Pro tip: filter by “Truck Stop Yoga” for stretches that will revive you on longer adventures.

Visit our What to Do in Northern California and Southern California pages for all the latest activities, or to figure out which annual events to plan your trip around.

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