's creation for California outdoor travels. An independent guide to the back roads of California and a massive
. A labor of love, updated monthly, over two dozen years - and it needs your
Fall colors are happening at lower altitudes in California, under 3000' elevation. Snow in the mountains - this weekend! But Autumn can be found in many regions of the golden state; and we are here to show you
, be prepared for delays. Tree work, heavy equipment operators clearing rocks, guard rail or bridge repairs. Check your
and always have a plan B.
Always be flexible in your itinerary and do not count on cell phone reception in rural regions. Plan your trip and any side routes in advance - and always carry a
all local: updated monthly
ancient: 27 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 boulder garden, a big 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 more than the past 2 decades!
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.