Travel Wise
Channel Islands TravelWise

In this month’s issue of Traveler magazine we unveil a red-white-and-blue version of our October 1999 50 Places of a Lifetime concept with an issue devoted to America’s 50 must-see places. The Channel Islands made our Paradise Found list. Here, we present the best links on planning every leg of your trip there—online.


Getting There
National Park Service: Channel Islands
Directions to the islands, as well as contact details for additional information

Island Packers
Where to find maps of and directions to two different U.S. harbors, where boats en route to the Channel Islands regularly depart

Truth Aquatics
A detailed map of the roads in California that lead to the Channel Islands

Determining Time Difference
Convert It
A direct link to the current local time and date in California

Checking Weather Forecasts
Intellicast Weather: Channel Islands National Park
A 10-day weather outlook— plus, daily UV ray indexes


Where to Eat
Editor’s Note: Because the islands have no stores or restaurants, visitors must bring their own food and water

Where to Stay
Channel Islands National Park: Lodging
Information on accommodations that surround the Channel Islands

The National Park Service Reservation Center
How to make camping reservations for the Channel Islands National Park

Island Packers
Camping instructions for those traveling to the islands

How to Get Around
Island Packers Cruises
Information from a local operator, which provides details on various trips to the Channel Islands

Truth Aquatics
Information on a local company that gives hiking, scuba diving, and kayaking tours around the Channel Islands

National Parks Service: Public Transportation
Lists several concessionaires that service the islands

Things to Do

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
Information on a nearby marine sanctuary that hosts cruises as well as day- and multi-day trips to the Channel Islands

Channel Islands National Park
Highlights the most popular sights on the Channel Islands

Recreationl Activities
National Park Service: Channel Islands
Recommendations of park activities, including scuba diving, kayaking, and whale-watching

Island Packers: Whale Watching
Information on whale-watching tours and the types of species you will likely encounter while on these excursions

Travel Resources

Map Links
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
A colorful map of where islands are located in relation to the California coast—plus, interactive links for detailed maps on each specific island


Great Outdoor Recreation Pages
An online recreational guide for outdoor activities on the Channel Islands

Rand McNally: Channel Island National Park
An overview of the park in which the best recreational activities are pinpointed

The Santa Barbara Independent
The online edition of the Santa Barbara Independent newspaper

Santa Barbara Newspress
An online news source for local news, special features, and editorials

Travel Guides

For More Information
National Park Service: Channel Islands
Park vital statistics—plus, information on such topics as park services and popular sights

Channel Islands National Park
Information on park activities, camping, hiking, accommodations, sights, and more


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