Back to school means less families out traveling. September is a time for enjoying nature and camping - without the crowds. First come, first serve. Less fees, less noise, less people. Campfires only allowed inside developed campgrounds. Check with local rangers for fire restrictions.
Coolness of the Sierra Nevada waters, or a loop hike near a lake, or trailhead to the tallest peak, we have it covered. From creekside camping to the giant Sequoia groves, big rivers and waterfall hikes, foggy coastal villages and redwood parks. California Lakes and picnic spots. High desert peaks, best view campsites, historic inns, museums and all the local hot springs. Thanks for finding Total Escape!
Currently redesigning front end areas to blend with the map shop and outside blog. The old site is still quite popular - CLASSIC desktop site; still active. Your patience is appreciated during this time of reconstruction.
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. Hike on the weekends, bike to work, boating mid-week, we have you covered for destinations. Find a new creekside camp spot, a waterfall, trailhead or an ancient lava cave. Total Escape - Two whole decades online. Not quite obsolete.
Craving the Wild? 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.
Wilderness in California - more nature, less people.