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Currently redesigning front end areas to blend with the map shop and outside blog. The old desktop site is still active & available, but this summer we're transitioning the layout to something new.

all local: california road trips

celebrating 21 years online!

We're still here, thousands of pages and decades later. Way outside the city limits, beyond the county line. No wifi, no smart meters, no gaming addictions, no traffic lights, no city noise. Rural living in California still exist. Total Escape - Two whole decades online, yep. Ancient!

Minimal or no cell signal in California mountain regions was common through the 1990's. There was no digital mobile cell network. Before the tweets, the constant memes and paralysis of our current, modern techno-crazed culture, DanaMite started this travel web site way back in 1996. Catchy phrases like, FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) did not yet exist.

Total Escape features abundant real photos of real places. Secluded destinations, camping and lodging, examining the best back roads, side routes, the topo maps (to get you out there). Locals-only travel tips, gear reviews, festivals and events.

Juicy content specific only to California. Focusing on outdoor destinations, small towns and budget-minded travel since the beginning, we've recreated the weekend getaway - without the crowds. Escape the matrix, the city life, the traffic jams and learn how to avoid the tourist traps. Drive on past the factory outlet malls and the water slides, we've got much more to show you - out on the back roads, in the backcountry. Experience life: out of doors.

Enjoy rural California - more nature, less people.

Online 21 years!

Site Founder

camp diva DanaMite

Who is DanaMite?

archives, online history

Local Road Trips

guided camping tours

Guided Trips
California A-Z

small towns, rural cali

Small Towns

Explore the Site

California Hotels

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California Camping

outdoor activities, leisure, tours

California Scenic Drives

travel tips, scenic drives, weather links

Rural California

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California Gear
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Outdoor Maps California
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California Wilderness

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