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Total Escape is California, off the beaten path

Panic or prepare? Time to stop, stay home, relax and reflect on our worldwide situation, our health, and our lifestyle. After binge watching movies and news, non-stop for days - you may eventually crave some outdoor time. Snow or sunshine, we have both.

Now that you've found this independent California resource, you can discover more local destinations online. Find that perfect spot for summer vacation, that hidden Sequoia grove, the best waterfall ever, the secret alpine fishing lake or maybe, just a bike rental shop at the coast. 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 boondocking sites. Hiking trails, horseback rentals, kayaking lakes, fishing streams, gold mines and museums, and all the topographic maps to go with!



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ancient: 23 years online!

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 23 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.

Wilderness in California - more nature, less people.

hike. bike. camp. climb. kayak.


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