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The California Now Podcast explores the people and places that make California a unique travel experience. Host Soterios Johnson, veteran radio journalist and former host of NPR’s Morning Edition on WNYC in New York City, has recently moved to California and is using his journalism skills to learn every fascinating thing about his new home state. He interviews travel experts, chefs, local guides and many others on his journey of discovery. For more ideas on California travel, go to www.visitcalifornia.com

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    • 4.7 • 71 Ratings

The California Now Podcast explores the people and places that make California a unique travel experience. Host Soterios Johnson, veteran radio journalist and former host of NPR’s Morning Edition on WNYC in New York City, has recently moved to California and is using his journalism skills to learn every fascinating thing about his new home state. He interviews travel experts, chefs, local guides and many others on his journey of discovery. For more ideas on California travel, go to www.visitcalifornia.com

    High-Value Travel

    High-Value Travel

    With the relaxing of COVID-19 protocols statewide, the summer ahead is looking bright and busy for travelers seeking a California vacation. On this episode of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson explores some ways to plan a vacation that deliver exceptional value. First, he chats with Family Vacationist blogger Christine Sarkis. Next, he talks to Ali Khan, host of the Cooking Channel's Cheap Eats. Finally, Johnson connects with Sarah McCann, senior regional director for GoCity.

    • 49 min
    Theme Parks Reopening

    Theme Parks Reopening

    It’s one of the most encouraging signs that life is starting to return to normal: California theme parks have reopened. In this episode of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson chats with insiders from three Golden State parks about what to expect this summer.

    • 42 min
    Road Trips: Route 66 and Beyond

    Road Trips: Route 66 and Beyond

    On this episode of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson explores itineraries with several seasoned road trippers.

    Johnson first talks to Active NorCal founder Zach O'Brien. Next, he chats with Traveling Newlyweds bloggers Alli and Bobby Talley. And finally, Johnson connects with author and historian Jim Hinckley, whose knowledge of how to get kicks along the old Route 66 corridor is downright encyclopedic.

    • 1 hr
    Hollywood Icon Kevin Costner

    Hollywood Icon Kevin Costner

    Kevin Costner first fell in love with California from the back seat of his father’s Buick. As a child, his family would vacation by taking road trips across his home state, immersing themselves in the majesty of the High Sierra.

    On this episode of the California Now Podcast, the movie icon talks to Soterios Johnson about the HearHere road trip companion app, shares some of his favorite Golden State destinations, and kicks off the new occasional feature on the podcast, The California Questionnaire.

    • 30 min
    What If: Exploring California

    What If: Exploring California

    What would you eat if you could elbow up to any table anywhere in California? Where would you go if you could take the ultimate kid-friendly Golden State vacation? And what California luxuries would you indulge in if money was no object?

    These are the questions host Soterios Johnson investigates in this episode of the California Now Podcast. The answers, in case you’re wondering, are nearly infinite, since the state is all about abundance and variety.

    • 42 min
    California's Epic Natural Wonders

    California's Epic Natural Wonders

    There are few places on earth than can claim the breadth of natural wonders and biodiversity that exist in California. You can find natural wonders in literally every corner of the state—from alpine forest to rugged desert to city sidewalk.

    This episode of the California Now Podcast is dedicated to the ecological wonderland that is the Golden State, and some of the most compelling ways visitors can experience it.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

Metwinsandaportie ,

Fun and informative podcast!

Whenever this podcast pops up in my new episodes list, it is always my first choice to listen right away!
Tips for learning about California and new spots to try are here- I’m a 3rd generation Californian, have a wine tour business and am a tour guide and I am always learning something new! Keep up the great work! I’m a true fan!

JSebor ,

Gem of a Podcast

Love!!! The CA Now podcast gives fresh and fun insight into an incredible state. Every time I listen, I end up with another place on my never-ending California bucket list.

TribecaRocky ,

So much more than Disney!

Disney, San Diego, San Francisco... it’s not hard to find things to do in California but the beauty of this podcast comes from the small scale and tailored recommendations. Given by real life experts, each segment highlights something off the beaten path that appeals to people from all walks of life. From free events to solo travel to keeping kids occupied, there’s something for everyone to be found through these exciting travel tips.

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