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Insider’s Guide to Countercultural Cali

The Golden State may be in the midst of a new tech gold rush, but there are plenty of places throughout California that attracted free spirits in the 1960s and ’70s and still carry a torch for the Age of Aquarius, such as Topanga Canyon, Big Sur, San Francisco, and NoCal’s sparsely populated Shangri-la, Weaverville. Here’s how to make the most of your visit to these epicenters of laid-back cool.

Off-Gridding in Big Sur

The most appealing thing about Big Sur’s wild coastline is that there’s no cell phone service — a rarity these days. Being out of range forced me to unplug and focus on one simple task: enjoying the natural world. And that’s what Big Sur is all about…

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