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Visit California’s 2023 Road Trips Guide Now Available

By Taylor Smith 05/22/2023

Visit California’s 2023 California Road Trips guide spotlights 13 new itineraries showcasing the Golden State’s diverse landscapes, world-class cities and hidden gems, with basketball legend Dwyane Wade gracing the cover. Tourism organizations can bulk order copies at no cost. A run of 1 million print copies will be available to consumers online and to California Welcome Centers starting May 15 and will appear in Travel + Leisure, Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple and Food and Wine this summer.

After retiring and moving to Los Angeles in 2019, the three-time NBA Champion, dad and Napa Valley Winery owner shares how he holds California close to his heart as the place that allows him to find moments where there are no expectations of him. Balancing his on-the-go lifestyle of producing documentaries, hosting a TV game show, developing the Wade Cellars wine brand, keeping tabs on multiple other business ventures, and raising five children with his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, Wade says they can always find the perfect escape on road trips to Stanta Barbara, San Diego, Newport Beach, and Palm Springs.

“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,” he said, explaining how California has granted him a soulful landscape and much-needed quiet time.

This star power doesn't stop with Wade: The 60-page guide lists celebrities’ favorite California Road Trip spots from Zoey Deutch, Margaret Cho, Anthony Anderson, Jet Tila, Cheech Marin and more.

“This year’s guide highlights 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,” said President and CEO Caroline Beteta.

Each road trip conveniently begins and ends at one of California’s 27 airports, making for a smooth and easy road trip for travelers to fly in and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

While California’s famous coastline is the shining star of many familiar road trips, the Golden State has endless different scenic routes where visitors can explore major cities, cozy towns, family attractions and dramatic landscapes. For some classic family fun, “Animals, Desert and Offbeat Art” combines kid-friendly hotspots like LEGOLAND and San Diego Zoo Safari Park with activities the parents can enjoy too. Families will find the best way to finish off a day of play is with a family stargaze in Borrego Springs. The guide also offers a robust itinerary for those no-kids-allowed journeys. “Cactus and Cocktails” guides visitors on an exploration of the cosmopolitan guilty pleasures of Palm Springs and the rugged sceneries of Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave National Preserve.

Visitors can explore the wonders of Yosemite National Park and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks with the 412-mile “National Park Adventures” trip, starting the minute they touch down at the convenient hub of the Fresno Yosemite airport. Nature lovers can embark on a four-to-five day expedition on the “Road to Gold” trip, beginning in Sacramento and wandering through Lake Tahoe and Gold Country where they will find picturesque scenery at every turn.

Even those who would rather stay indoors attached to their technological ecosystems can find something to love in the Road Trip Republic. The San Jose-based “Innovation and Agricultural Bounty” trip showcases cutting-edge arts, charming seaside villages, and bountiful farmlands on a 238-mile adventure.

The guide also features a unique QR code for every trip that links to Visit California’s website with more details that can only be found at the California Road Trip Republic hub.

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