local weekends, road trips, travel info

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Total Escape is California, Off the Beaten Path. A collection of local links, real photos of real places all local to you. Trip ideas for weekend getaways, camping, outdoors and budget vacations. Back roads, forests, rivers, parks, lakes, museums, hot springs, organic farms and all outdoor recreation possibilities. Online since 1996 with tons of photos and destinations for your custom made adventures. No chain hotels, No amusement parks, No Vegas!

Local Travel & Vacations

traffic in California

avoid LA freeways, best road trip timing, local traffic reports

train travel in California

metro, bay area bart, trolley, amtrak, historic train tours

California Seasons

enjoy travel all year - spring, summer, autumn, winter

California Fairs

street fairs, renfair, cultural parades, beer fest, live music

weather conditions

local forecast, snow reports, mountain passes, local links

Scenic Highways
Scenic Drives

the back roads, state highways, state routes, scenic byways

Camp Clueless
Camp Clueless

free camping, creekside, campfires, trip advice

California Parks and Forests
Parks & Forests

state parks, national parks, national forest, BLM

California Wilderness

mountains, river canyons, open spaces, high sierra


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Small Towns
All Towns

long alphabetical list of California towns and cities

California Deserts