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Fodor's Southern California: with Los Angeles, San Diego, the Central Coast & the Best Road Trips (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Paperback (576 pages)

Fodor s Southern California: with Los Angeles, San Diego, the Central Coast & the Best Road Trips (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Written by locals, Fodor’s Southern California is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit to Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and beyond. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this Southern California travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease.

Beautiful beaches, perfect weather, movie-star glamour... there are so many reasons to visit Southern California that deciding where to go and what to do can be a bit overwhelming. Fodor's Southern California takes the guesswork out of choosing the perfect SoCal experience--from picking the finest Santa Barbara bistro to finding the best studio tour in Hollywood.

Fodor’s Southern California includes:

    •EXPANDED AND UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE: Includes an expanded chapter on Southern California's quintessential drives for those unforgettable roadtrips. From advice on how many days to stay at each destination to must-see stops along the way, this is an essential trip-planning tool.
    •DETAILED MAPS: Full-color and full-size street maps throughout will help you plan efficiently and get around confidently.
    •GORGEOUS PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Rich, full-color features on the San Diego Zoo, Hollywood, and more.
    •ITINERARIES AND TOP RECOMMENDATIONS: Multiple sample itineraries to help you plan each day and make the most of your time. The comprehensive itineraries cover the highlights of the region, such as Disneyland, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Palm Springs. Includes tips on where to eat, stay, and shop as well as information about nightlife, sports and the outdoors. “Fodor’s Choice” designates our best picks in every category.
    •INDISPENSABLE TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: Each chapter opens with an orientation spread that includes a map, short descriptions of each region, and the Top Reasons to Go. Tips on surfing, traveling with kids, avoiding traffic, and more assist a wide range of travelers.
    •COVERS: Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs, Big Sur, Orange County, Santa Barbara, Mojave Desert, Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park, and much more.

ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor’s has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years.

Planning on visiting other destinations on the West Coast? Check out Fodor’s Northern California, Fodor’s Pacific Northwest, and Fodor’s Oregon.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: California

By DK Travel

Dk Pub
Released: 2016-08-02
Paperback (632 pages)

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: California
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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: California will lead you straight to the best attractions this state has to offer.

Discover all the major cities and sights, from Los Angeles, Southern California, and the national parks to San Francisco and the Bay Area to wine country, the north, and more. Experience the culture, history, architecture, wildlife, beaches, and scenic walks and drives. Whether you're exploring historic towns and museums or making the most of the nightlife, this in-depth guidebook provides the insider travel tips you need.

Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: California.

   • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
   • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
   • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
   • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
   • Area maps marked with sights and restaurants.
   • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
   • Suggested day trips and itineraries to explore beyond the cities and towns.
   • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: California truly shows you this state as no one else can.

Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide.

Fodor's California: with the Best Road Trips (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2017-11-21
Paperback (864 pages)

Fodor s California: with the Best Road Trips (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years.

California is one of America's most popular vacation destinations--its diversity draws every type of traveler, from foodies to families. Fodor's full-color California guide covers all corners of the state, from the northern coast to Wine Country and from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park.

Fodor's California includes:

  • PULLOUT MAP: A handy take-along map provides added value, giving travelers essential information so they can travel with confidence.
  • UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE: Travelers can road trip with ease with a chapter dedicated to California's quintessential drives, now with even more destinations covered. From advice on how many days to stay at each destination to must-see stops along the way, this is an essential trip-planning tool. New hotels and restaurants are also included throughout.
  • ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: In-depth features detail popular attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, as well as Cable Cars and Chinatown in San Francisco. A must-have for wine buffs is the Wine Tasting in Napa and Sonoma feature, which suggests a tasting itinerary, teaches the proper wine tasting technique, and describes how grapes are grown, harvested, and pressed.
  • INDISPENSABLE TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: Top ¬Attractions and Top Experiences help readers choose activities based on their interests. For outdoorsy types, dedicated national parks chapters include planning tips and highlights.
  • DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's California offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their visit. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks in every category.
  • COVERS: San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs, Yosemite National Park, Big Sur, Napa and Sonoma, Monterey Bay, Lake Tahoe, Mendocino, and more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide California

By DK Travel

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2018-05-15
Paperback (632 pages)

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide California
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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: California will lead you straight to the best attractions California has to offer and provides the insider travel tips you need, whether you're making the most of the nightlife or exploring historic towns and museums.

Fully illustrated, it covers all the major cities and sights, from Los Angeles, southern California, and the national parks to San Francisco and the bay area to California wine country, the north, and more. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: California explores the culture, history, architecture, wildlife, beaches, and scenic walks and drives. You'll find 3-D illustrated cutaways and floor plans of all the must-see sights, as well as street maps and reliable information for getting around. Plus, this guidebook is packed with comprehensive listings of the best hotels, restaurants, shops, and nightlife in each area for all budgets.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that brighten every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: California truly shows you this state as no one else can.

The California Field Atlas

By Obi Kaufmann

Heyday
Paperback (552 pages)

The California Field Atlas
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This lavishly illustrated atlas takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California, revealing its myriad ecologies, topographies, and histories in exquisite maps and trail paintings. Based on decades of exploring the backcountry of the Golden State, artist-adventurer Obi Kaufmann blends science and art to illuminate the multifaceted array of living, connected systems like no book has done before. Kaufmann depicts layer after layer of the natural world, delighting in the grand scale and details alike. The effect is staggeringly beautiful: presented alongside California divvied into its fifty-eight counties, for example, we consider California made up of dancing tectonic plates, of watersheds, of wildflower gardens. Maps are enhanced by spirited illustrations of wildlife, keys that explain natural phenomena, and a clear-sighted but reverential text. Full of character and color, a bit larger than life, The California Field Atlas is the ultimate road trip companion and love letter to a place.

Fodor's Northern California: with Napa & Sonoma, Yosemite, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe & the Best Road Trips (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Paperback (480 pages)

Fodor s Northern California: with Napa & Sonoma, Yosemite, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe & the Best Road Trips (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years.

Northern California is filled with rugged redwood forests, pristine stretches of Pacific coastline, and towering mountains. But it also has more than its share of creature comforts, from Napa Valley's wineries and spas to San Francisco's destination restaurants and exclusive boutiques. Packed with in-depth insider information, illustrated cultural features, and spectacular photography, Fodor's Northern California showcases the best the region has to offer.

Lonely Planet California's Best Trips (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet
Paperback (384 pages)

Lonely Planet California s Best Trips (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Whether exploring your own backyard or somewhere new, discover the freedom of the open road with Lonely Planet California's Best Trips. Featuring 35 amazing road trips, from 2-day escapes to 2-week adventures, you can drive along the breezy, wildlife-rich Pacific Coast or stroll through ancient groves of Sequoia in Yosemite National, all with your trusted travel companion. Jump in the car, turn up the tunes, and hit the road!

Inside Lonely Planet California's Best Trips:

  • Lavish color and gorgeous photography throughout
  • Itineraries and planning advice to pick the right tailored routes for your needs and interests
  • Get around easily - 80 easy-to-read, full-color route maps, detailed directions
  • Insider tips to get around like a local, avoid trouble spots and be safe on the road - local driving rules, parking, toll roads
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Useful features - including Stretch Your Legs, Detours, Link Your Trip
  • Covers Napa Valley, Death Valley, Disneyland, Orange County Beaches, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet California's Best Trips is perfect for exploring California in the classic American way - by road trip!

  • Looking for road trip ideas for a particular California region? Check out Lonely Planet Pacific Coast Highway Road Trips or San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country Road Trips for regional road trip ideas.
  • Planning a Californian trip sans a car? Lonely Planet California, our most comprehensive guide to California, is perfect for exploring both top sights and lesser-known gems.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. The world awaits!

Lonely Planet guides have won the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' -- Fairfax Media

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

Lonely Planet Coastal California (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet, Brett Atkinson, Sara Benson, Cristian Bonetto, John A Vlahides & Jade Bremner

Lonely Planet
Released: 2018-03-20
Paperback (544 pages)

Lonely Planet Coastal California (Travel Guide)
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#1 best-selling guide to Coastal California*

Lonely Planet Coastal California is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Get to know the rocky Big Sur coast like the locals do, hug the world’s tallest tree in Redwood National and State Parks, or take a tour of biodynamic vineyards and sample new vintages in the Napa and Sonoma wine country; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Coastal California and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet’s Coastal California Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, politics, customs, lifestyle, visual arts, literature, music, architecture, landscapes, wildlife, earthquakes, cuisine, wine
  • Covers San Francisco, Marin County, Bay Area, San Jose, Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Coastal Highway 1, Redwood Coast, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Disneyland, Anaheim, San Diego and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Coastal California, our most comprehensive guide to coastal California, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

Looking for a guide focused on San Francisco or Los Angeles? Check out Lonely Planet’s San Francisco guide and Los Angeles, San Diego & Southern California guide for a comprehensive look at all these cities have to offer; or Pocket San Francisco and Pocket Los Angeles, handy-sized guides focused on the can’t-miss sights for a quick trip.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

*Best-selling guide to Coastal California. Source: Nielsen BookScan. Australia, UK and USA.

Moon California Hiking: The Complete Guide to 1,000 of the Best Hikes in the Golden State (Moon Outdoors)

By Tom Stienstra

Perseus-Avalon Travel Publishi
Released: 2016-05-31
Paperback (816 pages)

Moon California Hiking: The Complete Guide to 1,000 of the Best Hikes in the Golden State (Moon Outdoors)
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Pack a lunch, lace up your boots, and head out to discover the best hiking trails in the Golden State with Moon California Hiking.
  • A Hike for Everyone: Pick the right hike for you, from breathtaking coastal walks to challenging backcountry treks, with options ranging from easy day hikes to multi-day backpacking trips
  • Best Hikes Lists: Choose from strategic lists like Best Desert Hikes, Best Hikes for Redwoods, Fall Colors, Hikes with Kids, Waterfalls, Wildflowers, and more
  • Essential Planning Details: Each hike is marked with round-trip distance and hiking time and rated for scenic beauty and trail difficulty
  • Maps and Directions: Find easy-to-use maps, driving directions to each trailhead, and details on where to park
  • Skip the Crowds: Have the trail to yourself with Moon California Hiking's many off-the-radar hikes
  • Expert Advice: Seasoned hikers Tom Stienstra and Ann Marie Brown offer their experienced insight and honest opinions on each trail
  • Tips and Tools: Advice on gear, first aid, and camping permits, plus background information on climate, landscape, and wildlife
Whether you're a veteran or a first-time hiker, Moon's comprehensive coverage and honest expertise will have you gearing up for your next adventure.

Exploring more of the Golden State? Try Moon California Camping. Hitting the road? Check out Moon California Road Trip.

Guide to California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

By Charles A. Wells

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Guide to California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails
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Full color throughout 100 Trails over 500 photos, 232 pages.

This book replaces two previous black-and-white books that were written over a decade ago. In that time, some of the trails were closed. Of the ones still open, we whittled our list down to the best 100. We think these trails are, collectively, the best batch of California trails ever put together in one place. Whether you are a newcomer to 4-wheeling or an experienced veteran, we guarantee you'll have fun.

This book features a new color format that is simpler and easier to use. Every detail about a trail appears on a handy two-page spread. Easy, moderate and difficult routes are color coded, while vehicle symbols quickly show kinds of vehicles allowed on each trail. This includes unlicensed UTVs, ATVs and dirt bikes. Reverse mileages are now included for all trails, and more historical highlights have been added. 

A separate mileage log has numbered locations that graphically jump off the page. Our new maps now include detailed relief backgrounds, referencing the numbered locations between the mileage log and map makes it easy to sense your location. In addition, exact GPS coordinates are provided for each numbered location.

Every book includes concealed spiral binding that lays flat for easy use. Heavy-duty plastic laminate cover withstands rough use.

Visit Funtreks website for GPS trails now available on SD cards for use in Garmin NUVI, Garmin Handheld devices, Iphone and Android devices.


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