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2020 'California Road Trips' Guide Features 11 Unforgettable Drives

By Kristen Bonilla 08/07/2020

Visit California’s 2020 “California Road Trips” guide is now available online and in print, available free to order at visitcalifornia.com/travel-guides and in California Welcome Centers. Additionally, Visit California is mailing the guide to California subscribers of Parents magazine and Better Homes & Gardens, as well as to western state subscribers of the September issue of Travel + Leisure. This local distribution reflects the organization's broader strategy of inspiring locals to boost economic recovery by responsibly exploring their Golden State. 

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The 2020 guide features 11 itineraries and offers evergreen road trip inspiration that can be used to dream up a trip when the time is right. All 12 California regions are featured in the 32-page guide, from the rugged beauty of the Shasta Cascade and the agricultural bounty of the Central Valley, to the culinary delights of the Bay Area and the hidden wonders of the Inland Empire.

Road warriors can find more information and further road trip inspiration at visitcalifornia.com/road-trips and can share their adventures with #RoadTripCalifornia on social media. 

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Road Trips Are Responsible
While California continues to adjust its reopening guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19, many of the state’s outdoor spaces and thousands of miles of roadway are open to explore responsibly. The free, annual guide provides inspiration and information to help plan a getaway this summer and beyond. Travelers should research the destinations they plan to visit to ensure they are ready to welcome visitors and to learn what’s open and what activities are allowed.

Visit California debuted a Responsible Travel Code earlier this summer, asking travelers to travel with RESPECT and observe seven best practices including putting safety first and educating themselves on local guidelines before traveling. The code lives on a Responsible Travel Hub, which offers up travel tips and need-to-know info on visiting California restaurants, hotels, parks and more. 

For many Californians, short in-state trips have been a way to experience a vacation this summer while also supporting the state’s economy. The Governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery is encouraging Californians to support local businesses through a Calling All Californians #ShopSafeShopLocal campaign. The campaign celebrates the state’s diverse neighborhoods and aims to help businesses operate safely and thrive during this challenging time. 

What's inside?
The “San Diego to Anza-Borrego” trek covers 110 miles and transports readers from the Pacific Ocean east through the foothills, across the Cuyamaca Mountains, and down into the desert. Stops along the way include multiple epic vistas, quirky roadside attractions and delicious food.

Featuring alpine fun and underground adventures, the “Lake Tahoe to Gold Country” drive begins with the crystal clear water of South Lake Tahoe and ends 200 feet below ground in the auditorium-sized chambers of Black Chasm Cavern. The route includes visits to the charming gold rush towns of Amador County, and a quilt hunt through the farmlands of Placerville.

Additional itineraries in the 2020 “California Road Trips” guide include:

This year’s issue also includes a special “Photos from the Road” feature, where Bon Traveler’s Jessica Wright shares pictures from some of her favorite Northern California road trips.



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