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Taking a break from the drive to check out the coast in Ventura, California
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California: Road Trip Paradise

There's no place quite like California for an epic road trip.

Scroll on to dream up your next vacation, built from trip and experience ideas that showcase different takes on the legendary California story. Travel through upscale coastal towns, vibrant cities and charming neighborhood districts to discover rich history, unique culture and outdoor wonders. Surf, hike, dine, sip and play your way through California.

Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park, California
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Sunset at Mono Lake highlights the beauty of this ancient body of water

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Overlooking Bodega Bay in Sonoma County on a California road trip

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Morning surf excursion on Emma Wood State Beach

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Mountain and ocean views along the Pacific Coast Highway in California

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California Road Trip Highlights

View of the Pacific Ocean from Dana Point Headlands in California

Dana Point

This southern Orange County city boasts picture-perfect beaches, luxury resorts, a seaside golf course and plenty of access to the Pacific Ocean. Hike along blufftop trails offering sweeping ocean views, soak in the sun at Salt Creek Beach, learn how to surf at Doheny State Beach, or go on an boating excursion from Dana Point Harbor.

Enjoying a dip in Monarch Hot Springs with mountain and desert views in Greater Palm Springs, California
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Greater Palm Springs

Long the desert playground of the rich and famous, Greater Palm Springs is a veritable open-air museum of mid-century modern architecture. See the sumptuous resorts, iconic homes and hot spots that celebrities frequent, and don’t miss a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The world’s largest rotating tram car soars up four kilometers from the desert floor to the mountain top of Mt. San Jacinto State Park.

Interior view of the Anaheim Packing District food hall in California


Have your mouse ears ready for a bucket-list trip to Disneyland Resort, the original Disney theme park in Anaheim. Next door is Disney’s California Adventure, perfect for the rollercoaster lover in your group. Foodies, take your appetite over to Anaheim’s Packing District. This bustling food hall is full of creative world flavors, along with craft breweries and trendy bars.

Rooftop views from The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills in California

West Hollywood

For true Hollywood-style nightlife and shopping, there’s no place quite like West Hollywood (aka WeHo). Much of the action is centered on the Sunset Strip, where you can catch a concert at the legendary Whiskey A Go Go, Viper Room or Roxy Theatre or grab a drink on the rooftop bar at the Mondrian. Feast your eyes on cutting-edge trends in art, beauty and fashion in the Design District.

View of Ventura and the Pacific Ocean from Ventura Botanical Gardens in California