The newly released California
Road Trips 2009, an annual guide, produced by the California
Travel and Tourism Commission (CTTC) and Sunset Custom Media Solutions,
continues to provide detailed driving maps that take readers to some of the best
insider spots in California. But consumers will find a difference this year
– an emphasis on getting out of the car to enjoy those unique locales.
Readers are encouraged to stretch their legs
and wander Calico Ghost Town, a former silver-mining boomtown, where
authenticity mixes with a little kitsch in the Deserts Region.
In the Inland
Empire Region, biking the scenic trails surrounding the pine-fringed Lake
Arrowhead is a must-do in the warmer months.
In the San Diego County Region,
travelers can snorkel, getting up close and personal with harmless leopard
sharks in La Jolla, while in Santa Barbara, part of the Central Coast Region,
they can walk the gardens at Old Mission Santa Barbara, which offer peace and tranquility
during a busy vacation.
The High Sierra Region encourages travelers to take a
watery tour by renting a kayak to discover the tufa towers bordering Mono Lake.
In keeping with its new sustainable theme, California
Road Trips 2009 also recommends riding the green trains at Disneyland, which
now run on biodiesel, or cutting down on emissions by touring Huntington Beach
by foot-power (your cab driver’s) with Blue Water Pedicab in the Orange
Another new feature to the guide is the
“3 Free & Easy” box located in each of the 12 regional
California driving itineraries.
In the Central Valley Region, travelers are
encouraged to check out the Fresno Art Museum – free admission every
Sunday. The Gold Country Region’s drive recommends Columbia State
Historic Park, where the town’s shopkeepers still dress like it’s
Where’s the best spot to view the Pacific Ocean? In the North Coast
Region, it’s the northernmost Sea Ranch access, providing panoramic views
from the bluffs. And what better way to end the day than gazing from the Shasta
Cascade Region’s Sundial Bridge as the sun sets over Redding and the
California Road Trips 2009 is
available in the June edition of Sunset magazine. You can also get a
copy by calling 1-877-TOP-DRIVES or download it for free via the CTTC Web site