New ‘California Road Trips’ to Navigate Travelers Through 12 Epic Drives

2018 guide features itineraries perfect for any road warrior

Sacramento, Calif. (June 18, 2018) – Visit California’s all-new 2018 California Road Trips guide, featuring 12 epic drives, is now available to order online. The 36-page magazine includes detailed directions and Instagram-friendly spots along each route, and provides visitors with the information and inspiration they need to make the most of their next California road trip.

“California is the state for dream drives,” said Visit California President and CEO Caroline Beteta. “Starting in any gateway city, visitors can easily discover hidden gems, cruising through countless coastal villages, mountain towns, National Parks, wine regions and off-the-beaten-path vistas along the way.”

Going “beyond the gateways” is a major feature of California Road Trips.

One of several highlights in this year’s guide is “Ventura, Santa Barbara & Beyond,” a 180-mile journey up the Pacific Coast that begins in Los Angeles and ends at a vineyard in San Luis Obispo County. The trip includes lively urban scenes in Santa Monica and Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone and the natural beauty of Malibu, such as where the Santa Monica Mountains plunge to the edge of the continent.

“Call of the Coast” starts south of San Francisco and takes travelers along some of the most beautiful stretches of Highway 1, including eight recommended stops between Santa Cruz and Big Sur.

The “Architecture Tour” starts in Los Angeles and winds its way east through the Inland Empire and Palm Springs before curling around to San Diego.

“Undiscovered Wine Regions” ranges from Escondido and Temecula in the southern part of the state through the Central Valley and ending up in Sutter Creek, one hour south of Sacramento.

Additional itineraries featured in California Road Trips include:

  • Two family-focused trips: “Family Learning Adventure” and “Between the Theme Parks”
  • “Hidden Beaches,” an insider’s guide to eight secluded, soulful beaches along the scenic North Coast
  • “Amazing Views,” a trek that features jaw-dropping vistas, snow-capped volcanoes, and towering waterfalls

California Road Trips will be distributed with the July 2018 issue of Travel + Leisure magazine — an adventure-themed issue — and single copies are also available at California Welcome Centers, select newsstands, and online at VisitCalifornia.com/cvg.

Visit California is a nonprofit organization with a mission to develop and maintain marketing programs – in partnership with the state’s travel industry – that inspire travel to California. Travelers spent $132 billion in 2017 in California, directly supporting more than 1.1 million California jobs and $10.6 billion in state and local tax revenue. For story ideas, media information, downloadable images, video and more, go to media.visitcalifornia.com.


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