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    Escape the grind, the routine, the traffic, the hectic schedules and city life. Find yourself outside enjoying life more often, well away from everything. Hike, bike, camp, fish, kayak and soak in the hot springs out of doors. Dream of living off the grid... if only for a weekend. We have California covered from A to Z. Founder DanaMite is busy this season updating very old pages to a new format, which is mobile friendly for all you transients.

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    Total Escape is California, off the beaten path

    After a horrific year of global pandemic, economic uncertainty, hazardous air quality and record breaking regional wildfires, California is now bracing for hard winter ahead. Turn off the news, grab your warmest jacket and gloves, and head outside for a much needed break. Pack a picnic and a thermos full of hot beverage. Sit still and watch wildlife, breathe deep, fresh air. Hike around the lake or mountain bike in the local park. Snow is falling and the sledding is free. Bring chains for winter driving in the mountains. Social distancing is easy outdoors, as long as you know where to go. Total Escape will help you find more local destinations, away from the masses.

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    Rural California Directory: Now that you've found this independent California resource, you can discover more local destinations online. Find your own rural place, a homestead way up in the hills. Or discover that perfect spot for summer vacation, a hidden Sequoia grove, the best waterfall ever, the secret alpine fishing lake or maybe, just a bike rental shop in the forest. We list it here, all outdoors, all local. Travel the back roads of the west, on the cheap. Camp year round, without the fees, from Baja to Shasta. Find secluded spots. Historic, independent inns to remote yurt resorts, yoga weekends to primitive hot springs, RV resorts, or dispersed camp sites. Hiking trails, kayaking lakes, fishing streams, gold mines and ghost towns, and all the topographic maps to go with.



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    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? Before the tweets, the constant memes and paralysis of our current 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. This unique travel site is updated every month, for the past 24 years!

    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.

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