Explore California - Something for everyone

Explore California's many diverse regions and experience all that California has to offer!

ca region mapMany sections of this website are organized by region. This map will give you a rough idea of what region to search in if you have a destination in mind.

However, if you're not sure which region a particular town falls into then use the keyword search tool to find information. For instance if you would like information on Ventura, but are not sure whether it falls into the Central Coast or Los Angeles region, simply type "Ventura" in the keyword search box near the top of the page.

The following descriptions can help you determine the borders of the regions.

  • North Coast - As the name suggests, this region hugs the coast in the northern portion of the state. This region extends from Smith River in the north, to Napa in the south.
  • San Francisco Bay area - This region picks up just south of Napa and goes south stopping just short of Santa Cruz & Scotts Valley. The southern border along Hwy 101 is Gilroy.
  • Central Coast - The central coast starts with Santa Cruz and continues south to Ventura.
  • Los Angeles - The Los Angeles area encompasses Oxnard, south to Long Beach, east to Pomona, northeast to Lancaster and up through the Hwy 5 "grapevine" to Frazier Park.
  • Orange County - Orange County is the smallest geographically of all the regions. It start just south of Long Beach extended down to San Clemente and north to Fullerton.
  • San Diego - This region includes Oceanside in the north down to the Mexican border approximately half way across the state to the west to include the small town of Boulevard, going north to Warner Springs.
  • Deserts - The very large region starts 1/2 way across the bottom of California along the Mexican border extending to the Arizona border at Winterhaven going north along the Colorado River to Needles and continuing up the Nevada border to north of Death Valley and then west to Mojave and back south skirting outside of Big Bear and continuing south to include Palm Springs and the Salton Sea.
  • Inland Empire - This region is sandwiched between Los Angeles, Orange County, San Deigo and the Deserts. It includes the communities of Victorville in the north, Corona in the west, and Temecula and Aguanga in the south, and Big Bear Lake in the east.
  • Central Valley - The Central valley is a large region the spans the heart of California. It includes Corning and Chico in the north, Sacramento lies in the center along with the California Delta area. It continues south past Fresno on down to Bakersfield in the south.
  • Gold Country - Lying just east of the Central Valley this region covers the foothills where gold was found including Sierraville and Downieville in the north and continues along Hwy 49 to Oakhurst and Coarsegold in the south. This region is a gateway to Yosemite National Park.
  • High Sierra - This region lies east of the Gold County and up to the Nevada border. It ofen has an elevation of more than 5000 ft. It includes Lake Almanor in the north, continuing past Lake Tahoe and on past Bishop down to Tehachapi in the south.
  • Shasta/Cascade/Trinity - This northern region is very mountainous and has wide open spaces. It consists of all the area in the northern part of the state from the North Coast to the Oregon border and Nevada border. The southern boundary extends from Red Bluff to Susanville. The Central Valley, Gold Country and High Sierra lie immediately south.

To fully experience California be sure to visit all of her regions!