Newest California Road Trips Guide Makes Family Road Trips Easy To Navigate

May 16, 2013, 15:29 ET from Visit California

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As summer approaches, the California Road Trips 2013 will be the perfect ride-along guide to California with new, technology-friendly features and updated routes.

In the new California Road Trips, readers can follow 12 exclusive itineraries to perfect family vacations filled with outdoor activities, entertainment, shopping and wine and dine experiences. Now, readers can access these itineraries not just in print but also virtually with QR codes incorporated throughout the guide that take users to itineraries on their smartphones.

"California is the ultimate getaway for families from across the globe, as everything from beaches to snow and deserts to mountains are accessible in just a day's drive. By traveling our highways and byways, visitors can experience the incredible playground that is the Golden State," said Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California. "California Road Trips 2013 highlights the best routes for family recreation and fun, and gives visitors the inside scoop about our incredible attractions with just the turn of a page."

California Road Trips 2013, which is the perfect size to accompany readers on the road, is designed to be used in tandem with smartphones. This year's guide incorporates QR codes and links throughout the spreads that will allow users to navigate to a digital version of the guide, with links to all the locations in the itinerary as well as an interactive Google map. Also included throughout the guide are Instagram promotions, encouraging consumers to post pictures using the hashtag #CARoadTrips so that these images can be shared on Visit California's Instagram feed and Facebook page.

This year, 600,000 California Road Trips will be distributed in the June 2013 issue of Sunset magazine, and an additional 400,000 will be distributed through domestic and international direct fulfillment and at trade shows. California Road Trips 2013 will also be available for free in digital format on Visitors can also get a copy by calling 1-877-TOP-DRIVES.

Visit California (formerly known as the California Travel & Tourism Commission) is a non-profit organization with a mission to develop and maintain marketing programs – in partnership with the state's travel industry – that keep California top-of-mind as a premier travel destination. According to Visit California, travel and tourism expenditures total $102.3 billion annually in California (20 percent of which is international), support jobs for 893,000 Californians and generate $6.3 billion in state and local tax revenues. For more information about Visit California and for a free California Official State Visitor's Guide, go to

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