Planning your own trip on four wheels? If you’re thinking of heading Stateside, then California packs one hell of a punch. From the stark moonscapes of Joshua Tree National Park to the sweeping bends of Highway 1, from soaking up San Francisco’s infectious spirit to losing yourself among the country’s towering redwoods, this is America at its most sublime. But with the Golden State throwing up all kinds of must-sees and -dos, getting your bearings and knowing where to start might prove more challenging than you think. That’s where our expert panel comes in — from factoring in costs to seeking out those hidden highway gems, they’ve got all the advice you could need to plan your own epic Californian road trip.
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Sarah Barrell, associate editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Sarah co-authored our upcoming March 2019 California cover story and knows the state from top to tail. She recently completed her seventh road trip through the state from San Francisco to Sacramento via Mendocino and the Shasta Cascade region.
Kate Wills, travel writer
Kate is a regular contributor to publications including The Guardian, The Times, Grazia, ELLE and SUITCASE. Her life-long California obsession has led to her studying in Santa Barbara, emigrating to LA and leaving her heart in San Francisco. She is writing her first book about solo female adventure.
Emma Westman, PR director, Visit California
As the UK PR & Communications Director for Visit California, Emma actively promotes the Golden State as a tourism destination to media and consumers. Having lived in California herself and visited over 25 times, she’s got plenty of first-hand experience of almost every corner of the state, from where to sniff out the best breakfast burrito to going totally off-grid.
Tom Dale, head of USA product, Travelbag
Tom heads up the USA product team at Travelbag, and has a wealth of experience selling unforgettable tours to California. He’ll be on hand to share his expertise in organising once-in-a-lifetime trips — and how you can do the same.
Connor McGovern, assistant editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Connor is an assistant editor of National Geographic Traveller, and likes learning languages, art deco architecture and all things Mediterranean.
When: Where: Wallacespace Clerkenwell, 18 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0DP
Tickets: £10 — includes a free glass of wine, a beer or soft drink, plus nibbles.