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Finding All the Ways to Travel in California
••• Finding All the Ways to Travel in California. Colin Anderson / Getty Images

If you're going from place to place in California or want to travel the distance to California destinations from major cities, you're faced with a bewildering choice of transit. You can drive a car, take a train, hop a bus, catch a shuttle or go by air. With all of these choices in mind, it's hard to decide which is best and know what options are available for you on during trip. This little guide summarizes all the ways to get from the proverbial Point A to Point B in California.

Going to Disneyland

Disneyland is between LA and San Diego and if you live in the Los Angeles/Anaheim area, this might seem like a no-brainer: Just take the closest freeway and get off when you see the signs. As easy as that may sound, you're faced with a challenging journey if you don't have your own car. If you're coming from somewhere else, check the info below to learn more about how to get to some popular destinations within or surrounding California. These pages below, however, summarize your options for getting to Disneyland from other points in the Los Angeles area. 

Going to Las Vegas

Yes, we realize that Las Vegas is not in California, but it's a popular add-on to many folks' California vacations and if you're traveling from California cities, most of your trip actually ends up inside the state. These guides will help you get to "Sin City" from wherever you are.

Check out the summer route from San Francisco; it's one of our favorites:

Going to Los Angeles

We get a lot of questions about how to get to Los Angeles from San Francisco - and there are plenty of ways to do it. Our guide summarizes them all - and how to get there from Las Vegas and San Diego, too.

Your choice of transport to Los Angeles should also take into account exactly where in that vast metropolitan area you're trying to get to. The answer for getting to downtown LA, for example, would be very different than how to get to the beach. Learn how to get to Los Angeles from these various cities, and of course, one our favorite attractions, Disneyland: 

Going to San Diego

Besides the obvious driving routes, you can get to San Diego by a lot of other modes of transportation and because so many folks visit Disneyland and San Diego on the same trip, we've summarized how to travel between them, even if you don't have a car to drive. Whether you're traveling with your friends and have limited travel options or are with your family and relying on a van, these tips will help you get to San Diego without a hitch: 

Going to San Francisco

Lots of folks want to know how to get to San Francisco on the coastal route, the scenic route, by train, bus or car, but you might be surprised to find that the train doesn't go there. These guides spell out your options:

Other Trips

Amtrak to Lake Tahoe or Reno: This train trip is a relaxing way to see the California scenery without worrying about traffic. It starts from Emeryville across the bay from San Francisco. In the middle of a snowy winter, the scenery is outstanding. Here's how you can take Amtrak to Reno. If you're going to Lake Tahoe, you will get off the train in Truckee, Nevada and will need transportation from there to the lake.

More California Transportation Resources

Along with figuring out how to get from place to place, you'll need to know what route you're going to take and how to get it all arranged so you don't backtrack too much. This guide can help with some ideas for your California vacation itinerary

Check out this guide for things to do in California by location, interests and season.

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