You could spend a lifetime in California and still have miles of coastline and scores of businesses to explore. Living in the Golden State for the past nine years, in both NorCal and SoCal, I've covered a fair amount of ground. When it comes to towns and cities to explore, what I've learned is that you truly cannot go wrong. Every area of the state has something unique and interesting to discover, and the landscape of California is so drastically different from other parts of the country that even just driving around is eye-opening.
Scroll on for my ultimate road trip guide, and feel free to take these only as suggestions—I highly recommend veering off in any direction.
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