California Welcome Center

There are currently 17 California Welcome Centers (CWCs) throughout the state which serve to promote their immediate area, giving travelers a reason to stay longer. California Welcome Centers service travelers by providing destination, attraction, performing arts and accommodations brochures, providing internet access, regional merchandise, and attraction ticket sales.

California Welcome Centers are independently operated but are subject to the standards developed by the California Office of Tourism. California Welcome Centers must be open seven days a week with established hours of operation, and may be operated by convention and visitor bureaus, chambers of commerce, government or private entities, or a combination of these. The California Office of Tourism staff conducts both announced and unannounced inspections of the Welcome Centers to ensure compliance with operating standards.

The California Office of Tourism periodically issues Requests for Proposals for new Welcome Centers. To review, click here.

California Welcome Center Locations 

Region Location
Shasta Cascade Yreka
Shasta Cascade Anderson
Gold Country Auburn
Gold Country El Dorado Hills
San Francisco Bay Area Santa Rosa
San Francisco Bay Area San Francisco
High Sierra Truckee
High Sierra Mammoth Lakes
Central Valley Merced
Central Coast Salinas
Central Coast Pismo Beach
Central Coast Oxnard
Deserts Barstow
Deserts Yucca Valley
Orange County Buena Park
San Diego County Oceanside
Inland Empire Ontario


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