I'm a total enthusiast
about how much there is to do in where I live, in California!
So, I wanted to overwhelm you with a lot of quality web
links and reviews.
Check them out below!
|| How would my California vacation guide section be complete
without providing maps? The first one I'm going to do is a
map of southern California. Below are a bunch of different
kinds of maps, because depending on what you're planning
to do, you're going to need different kinds.
Let's start at the macro level. Here's a
of all of California. We're going to look at maps in more
detail starting from San Luis Obispo south.
Interested in where recent earthquakes were?
Check out this Earthquake
Map of Southern California and Nevada. You can zoom in on
Here's a link to 4
maps of southern california- Los Angeles, Orange County, San
Diego County, and Disneyland. These maps are huge. Usually,
Internet Explorer makes them smaller, but you can click on that
weird icon in the lower right hand corner to expand it to actual
size. If it's not there, move the mouse off and back on to the
If you're a boater looking for buoys, try
California Buoy Data Map. You can zoom in on this one too.
The next map is GORP's Southern
California Regional Map. What's special about this one is
that if you click on various attractions/areas, you get
more detailed information about it, and they have links
to everything from cruises and hotels to State park maps and hiking
trails. There's an index of natural destinations below
the map of southern California.
Driving in Southern California without a road map? Have
no fear, Aacessmaps'
Road map of southern California is here to rescue you! Only
thing is, their zoom feature is a wanky click on links type of
thing. So let's try another one- Mapquest!
Ahhhh... much better.
Topographical Maps of Southern California: Now we're going
to get into the really cool stuff, for those of us who are GPS,
4x4, back country nerds. You can start
here for paid GPS topo maps of southern California, or get
aerial and topo
maps on the cheap from TopoZone. I love TopoZone. Many a back
packing trip of mine has been investigated or designed ahead of
time with their help. As they say, "We've worked with the
USGS to create the Web's first interactive topo map of the entire
United States. And we've spent four years making our maps the
best on the Web as well." Only problem is, you have to know
the specific area you're looking for first- you can't zoom out
over all of Southern California.