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Autumn Colors California

Temps cool down fast in the Sierra Nevada & NorCal as Autumn approaches. California Wildfire season is here, so be very careful!

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Total Escape is a directory of California attractions "Off the Beaten Path". Thousands of local links & ideas for weekend getaways, camping & vacations. Online almost 9 years, with tons of real photos, of real places, these pages will help create your custom made adventure or weekend getaway. No chain hotels, No amusement parks, No Vegas!

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downieville CA
The highest elevations are finally melted & the Sierra rivers are flowing strong. Fishing the Yuba River has always been a popular sport among locals, but you can try your hand too. Downieville is in the Northern Gold Country, along Historic Hwy 49 & is equipped with small restaurants, hotels, & markets.Fishermen & hard core mountain bikers both like this small town. Camping is excellent all around here: Plumas NF & Tahoe NF. Temps are starting to drop in the higher elevations like Gold Lake & Sierra Buttes.
morro bay camping
This hidden coastline is often overlooked by the many hurried tourists headed north (to get a glimpse of a castle). Several curvy hours on Hwy 1, via Big Sur - Montana de Oro State Park is south of San Francisco 230 miles & 120 miles N of Santa Barbara. Located near Morro Bay (rock & marina) this park has a wide variety of recreation nearby: golf, horseback trails, mountain biking trails, sand dunes, tidepools, oak & eucalyptus canyons, backpack, camp, hike. And let's not forget the beaches
hot spring & resorts
Not everyone is into sitting in a hot ditch, naked at sunset, with a bunch of strangers. We understand your need for privacy, so that is why we lists mineral baths with lodging & full amenities. Get a relaxing massage, learn the basics of yoga, dine by candlelight on your private patio, or soak your worries away in a private redwood tub. From luxurious hotels in Palm Springs & Desert Hot Springs, to rustic Shoshone & small hotels near Death Valley NP.
Many of these resorts are also offering RV spots for full time travelers.
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