1.) full day off of work
2.) prepared food & beverages
3.) accessories - blanket, cooler
4.) a destination choice
5.) road ready check on vehicle
California back roads can lead to some pretty secluded forests, with amazing scenery. Deserts and coastal cliffs are popular during October - April, with mountains and foothills being the prime destinations for summer months. Get a new map & get outside exploring.
helpful picnic items
matches (for BBQ or campfire)
candle (for sunset dinners)
camp / beach chairs
maps (for best spots)
1.) always pack a cooler with food & beverages
2.) when driving long trips, take the back roads
3.) seek dirt roads for most secluded picnic spots
4.) meadows and lakes are always popular spots
5.) carry portable chairs, tables, tarps, blankets
You daydream of it.... a Spring day with your lover. A fresh wildflower meadow. A view of the ocean. Secluded in a field overlooking the world, you two are relaxing. A perfectly full picnic basket, prepared so well & maybe even a bottle of wine from the local winery tour you just experienced. The whole day is yours! Laught, enjoy, roll around outside in the grass - like a kid for peets sake. Love your life & eat outside to change your pace. Enjoy the person you are sharing the special day with. Picnic more often!
Total Escape lists both developed picnic grounds with picnic tables (usually located in a scenic area), plus the best secluded picnic meadows, viewpoints, lakes, & mountain areas. Picnic parks may charge a fee for day use or a parking fee. Most of these do not allow overnight camping & are not 'open for use' past sunset.
Snow in California, Winter Weekend Outdoors, Cabin Rentals
snow, rain, wind, cold
always carry chains
Total Escape is California, off the beaten path
Explore the back roads of the west, on the cheap. Camp without the fees. Find the secluded spots. From independent inns to remote yurt resorts, yoga weekends to primitive hot springs, we have it all listed on this web site. Hiking trails, horseback rentals, kayaking lakes, fishing streams, and all the topographic maps to go with!
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 the California mountain regions was common through the 1990's. 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 1996, 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. Way out there, on the back roads, and in the backcountry.
Wilderness in California - more nature, less people.