The California Travel & Tourism Commission (CTTC) released the 2011 edition of the California Official State Visitor’s Guide and Travel Planner this week. This comprehensive guide enables visitors to the Golden State to plan an unforgettable California getaway. “Our annual Visitor’s Guide is both a glossy travel magazine…and a practical detailed guidebook,” announced Caroline Beteta, CTTC president and CEO. “Visitors will find the best ways to explore the wonders of the Golden State, from our glorious beaches and mountains, lush wine country and abundant farmlands to dramatic deserts, dynamic cities and fun ways to play…California has something for everyone.”
The new 204-page edition – distributed free – includes 36 all-new trip ideas with detailed planning maps and stunning photography. Readers also get a free pull-out Official State Map with all-new roundups of California discoveries – wet and wild theme park rides, surfing hot spots, elegant missions and much more. The 2011 Visitor’s Guide also includes full-color features on activities and destinations, including adventures along the Central Coast and hidden gems in California’s High Sierra trio of national parks – Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon.
The state of California covers an area of 158,693 square miles, has 420 recreational lakes, a 1,264 mile coastline, 4.1 million acres of national park land and a further 1.3 million acres in State Park acreage. California’s travel and tourism industry generates $87.7 billion annually, supports 881,000 jobs and generates $5.3 billion in state and local tax revenues.
Here are some of Examiner’s suggested destinations:
- Best Christmas Destinations: Solvang and Julian
- Best Winter Destinations: Lake Tahoe, Mammoth Lakes and Wrightwood
- Best National Parks: Lassen Volcanic, Yosemite, Death Valley and Sequoia and Kings Canyon
- Best State Parks: McArthur-Burney Falls and Hearst Castle
- Best Architectural Destinations: The Sundial Bridge
- Best Geological Destination: Subway Cave Lava Tube
- Best Day Trips: Whale Watching in the Los Angeles South Bay
CTTC is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and promoting the state of California. For more information about CTTC and for a free California Visitor’s Guide as well as California Road Trips 2011, go to www.VisitCalifornia.com.
Source: California Travel & Tourism Commission (CTTC)
CA 2010 Digital Guide Books: California Road Trips Guide | California Visitors Guide | California Parks Websites: California State Parks | California National Parks |