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Eyewitness Travel Guides California [Paperback]

Dorling Kindersley
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July 27 2010 DK Eyewitness Travel Guides
"DK Eyewitness Travel Guide California" helps you get the most from your visit to this unique US state. You'll find in-depth detail on all the important sights with maps, photos and illustrations. There's 3D maps and cutaways for all the major sights plus advice on surfing, visiting wineries, national parks, beaches, shopping, art and museums. Information on tours, cruises, hiking and tips on getting around make exploring the place effortless. The guide comes packed with reviews and listings for hotels, restaurants and bars for all budgets. Visiting California becomes a lot easier with maps of all major sights, plus walks, scenic routes and thematic tours and sights, markets and festivals listed town by town. "DK Eyewitness Travel Guide California" shows you what others only tell you.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Value for Money May 13 2002
Format:Paperback
Being a pretty busy person, and usually hating to read travel guides, I find that the DK Eyewitness Guides are the only ones I can stand reading - in fact, I find them enjoyable.
Their main force is that you don't have to imagine whether a destination would be something for you - the guide shows you what to expect, where others just tell you about it. That is the series' main force: They are very easily digestible.
That said, an Eyewitness Guide can't stand alone, so my wife usually acquires a Lonely Planet guide for the place, and I read the Eyewitness Guide, and the two complement each other nicely.
At 630 pages, this is the largest Eyewitness guide I have seen to date, but it also covers a very large subject: All of California, including large and comprehensive sections on both San Francisco and Los Angeles.
In addition the introduction, Survival Guide and Travellers' Needs sections that are found in every Eyewitness guide, this book consists of four main sections, roughly equal in size: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Southern California and Northern California.
The section on Los Angeles is the largest, and at 129 pages is in itself as much as some of Dorling Kindersley's city guides. The section on San Francisco isn't much smaller, but lots of pages are still left for the rest of California. In essence, you get two complete city guides and a nice country guide in one reasonably priced package.
Although I'm satisfied with my purchase, some things could be better: Disneyland gets disappointingly dull treatment, considering that it is LA's main attraction - although 4 pages are used we don't even get an overview drawing of the park, although that's something I'd really expected from the Eyewitness guide.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Value for Money May 13 2002
By Mark Seemann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Being a pretty busy person, and usually hating to read travel guides, I find that the DK Eyewitness Guides are the only ones I can stand reading - in fact, I find them enjoyable.
Their main force is that you don't have to imagine whether a destination would be something for you - the guide shows you what to expect, where others just tell you about it. That is the series' main force: They are very easily digestible.
That said, an Eyewitness Guide can't stand alone, so my wife usually acquires a Lonely Planet guide for the place, and I read the Eyewitness Guide, and the two complement each other nicely.
At 630 pages, this is the largest Eyewitness guide I have seen to date, but it also covers a very large subject: All of California, including large and comprehensive sections on both San Francisco and Los Angeles.
In addition the introduction, Survival Guide and Travellers' Needs sections that are found in every Eyewitness guide, this book consists of four main sections, roughly equal in size: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Southern California and Northern California.
The section on Los Angeles is the largest, and at 129 pages is in itself as much as some of Dorling Kindersley's city guides. The section on San Francisco isn't much smaller, but lots of pages are still left for the rest of California. In essence, you get two complete city guides and a nice country guide in one reasonably priced package.
Although I'm satisfied with my purchase, some things could be better: Disneyland gets disappointingly dull treatment, considering that it is LA's main attraction - although 4 pages are used we don't even get an overview drawing of the park, although that's something I'd really expected from the Eyewitness guide.
In more general terms, these guide are always very neutral in tone, so it's often difficult to get a feel for an attraction - it might be interesting, but is it worth the money? Is it expensive? The guide doesn't say...
As a conclusion, the book gives good value for money and is an excellent preparatory tool, although its shortcomings as a travel companion becomes too evident with use - for actual day-to-day planning, we had to turn to Lonely Planet for detailed information and subjective recommendations.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Travel series: easy to use, clear, great organization Feb. 16 2000
By Paul Gaffner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was a great find! Now I only use the Eyewitness travel books. It is organized in sections based on region. Then each section is organized by area. So everything in the book is organizaed by area. This lets you plan your days extremely easily, if you want cultural, arts, or historical. And all the points of interest are great. Has things for the Adventrous and the Classic traveler.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I live in California, but.... May 21 2001
By "bookboarder" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I picked up this book to see what California has to offer. Sometimes living in a place, you forget what different museums, restaurants and different things to do yet. So, this book was an excellent choice for me!
It also includes lots of information on San Francisco, where I have not been yet, but really want to visit. It also has a section on Las Vegas which is pretty good too. So, if you are looking to see and do everything California has to offer, this guide is for you.
It includes hotel information and restaurants according to location. This book is an excellent tool, showing you just what you'll see when you visit different locations in California.
Enjoy!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great for big city tourism, weak for road trips April 21 2001
By Philip Greenspun - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a photographer, I love these books because you can see more or less what you're going to get when you visit a sight. However, if you're planning a road trip through California, make sure to start with the Michelin Green Guide and its suggested driving tours. Supplement that with AAA Hidden Highways (there is one for Northern California at least) and you're set (unless you want some cultural background in which case you need Kim Weir's Moon Handbooks).
Have a great trip through American's 2nd greatest state (after Massachusetts, of course)!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great background info on CA sites June 10 2007
By Kristi L. Long - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I purchased this book and also the current Frommers CA guide. I appreciated this book, because as we drove around the cities- the book gave detailed information about the different points of interest including their history and origins. It was great for all of those times we wondered what the heck something was- or how it came to be - while driving around CA cities. I also found this book more helpful in pointing us to some cool shops in the cities. While the Frommers guide was more detailed in its restaraunt and hotel descriptions, this book was more helpful in finding some of the off the beaten path - fun to see sites.
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