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Lonely Planet California 6th Ed.: 6th Edition [Paperback]

Lonely Planet , Sara Benson , Andrew Bender
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Book Description

March 1 2012 Travel Guide
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet California is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Watch sunsets and surfers along the Pacific Coast Highway, hike through wildflower-strewn meadows in Yosemite, or dine on organic California cuisine while overlooking Napa Valley vineyards; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of California and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet California Travel Guide:


- Color maps and images throughout - Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests - Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots - Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices - Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss - Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including history, art, literature, cinema, music, politics, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, beer, wine, and more - Over 75 color maps - Useful features - including Walking Tours, Travel with Children, and Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar) - Coverage of North Coast, Wine Country, San Francisco, Central Valley, Lake Tahoe, Marin, Yosemite, Sierra Nevadas, Central Coast, Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs, Disneyland, Orange County, and more
The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet California, our most comprehensive guide to California, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less traveled.


- Looking for just the highlights of California? Check out Lonely Planet's Discover California, a photo-rich guide to the state's most popular attractions. - Looking for a guide focused on San Francisco or Los Angeles? Check out Lonely Planet's San Francisco guide or Los Angeles, San Diego & Southern California guide for a comprehensive look at all that each of these cities has to offer, or Lonely Planet's Discover San Francisco, a photo-rich guide to the city's most popular attractions.
Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Sara Benson, Andrew Bender, Alison Bing, Nate Cavalieri, Bridget Gleeson, Beth Gleeson, Beth Kohn, Andrew Schulte-Peevers, and John A Vlahides.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travelers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

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

'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 (Australia)

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About the Author

Aftergraduating from college in Chicago. Sara Benson jumped
on a plane to California with just one suitcase and $100 in her
pocket. She has bounced around the Golden State ever since.
especially between San Francisco and Los Angeles, where she
sea kayaked and hiked her way along the toast to update this
guide, and in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where she has
worked as a national park ranger. Already the author of over
40 travel and nonfiction books. Sara also contributed to
Lonely Planet's USA and Coastal California guides.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to keep on your while travelling in Cali April 4 2014
By Ron
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
We kept this guide on us at all times while we drove from san diego to SF over 2 weeks, and it's was an incredible guide. Tons of great ideas (we followed the guide and go onto the tonight show), and the food recommendations were also extremely valuable. We also used the guide to plan when to start our trip (shoulder season). HIGHLY recommend. This travel guide coupled with a GPS is all you need when launching on a Cali roadtrip!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disorganized Oct. 29 2012
By Mili - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I love Lonely Planet's guides because they give you in general insider information in a very detailed and organized manner. This particular guide about California, however, needs a bit of polishing.

I live in San Francisco and thought about buying this guide to help organize for out-of-town visitors. I pick a place that I decide may be appealing to one or more of the people that I am entertaining, but then relating that place to a given map seems an impossible task. There are no references or links between the explanations and the maps provided before. Moreover, maps have the same colors and page appearance as the explanation, so it's hardly impossible to spot a map unless to turn several pages over. I believe they should look at the Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore guide, which is done in a complete and at the same time, easy to follow guide. They added there the map page and the number for you to put your finger directly on the map. Then, maps should be highlighted on the specific areas that are being explained. Instead, they all look the same, so it takes a lot of time or effort to go from the explanation to the map (if you're lucky to find the map).

The highlights at the beginning are biased. They can be found by glancing at any touristic website about California on the internet. Overall, I think that the information is good, only that it needs to have more investment on the production and organization aspects.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great travel guide for Northern California Jan. 23 2014
By Erik Gfesser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My recent multi-week whirlwind first trip through Northern California revolved around the planning that was made possible through this indispensable travel guide. While I did actually take advantage of my AAA membership for the first time by ordering a free TourBook for Northern California, I completely disagree with another reviewer here who wrote that this Lonely Planet guide does not offer anything beyond what the TourBook offers. If you are mainly interested in exploring available eateries and accommodations because you already have a good idea of the areas you want to visit, it can be helpful to some degree, but I rarely touched the book and relied heavily on very accurate TripAdvisor reviewers for hotels and locals for restaurants. Just like other Lonely Planet guides I have used in the past to put together travel itineraries, this book really acted as the central resource for my recent vacation, and I heartily recommend this very recently published edition to anyone not familiar with this area of the country.

The bulk of this near 800-page text is consumed by the "On the Road" section that covers California broken down into 13 different regions by the authors. The regions that I heavily absorbed were for San Francisco, Marin County and the Bay Area, North Coast and Redwoods, Northern Mountains, and Gold Country and Central Valley, but the book also covers Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, Central Coast, Los Angeles, Disneyland and Orange County, San Diego, and Palm Springs and the Deserts. When deciding whether this book is right for you, be aware that Lonely Planet also offers travel guides completely dedicated to individual regions. Earlier in the text, the editors offer an overview of what they consider the top-25 places to visit, and although I have scoffed at some other listings that Lonely Planet has provided in other travel guides, in retrospect I ended up including roughly 25% of the places on this list in my itinerary without even realizing it: (1) Pacific Coast Highway, (2) Redwood Forests, (6) San Francisco's Golden Gates, (7) Ferry Building Marketplace, (19) Gold Country, and (24) Mendocino.

One location on this list that almost made the cut, (22) Lassen Volcanic National Park, was unfortunately just barely outside the distance tolerance when en route back to San Francisco from the North Coast and Redwoods portion of the trip, which was one of the two highlights of the trip along with with San Francisco. As with other Lonely Planet guides, I really enjoy the detail of the writers, and their recommendations were largely spot-on, although I must admit that some were slightly off, such as their rave review of an eating establishment just north of Eureka in a town called McKinleyville, and their descriptions of Mendocino, which although largely accurate due to the beautiful views and whale watching, was largely a sleepy town due to timing, although the heads-up that the town is nicknamed "Spendocino" was appreciated. While I am an experienced traveler, sometimes I need to remind myself that travel guides such as this one, while well put together, should always be considered just a starting point, and are always to some extent based on opinion. Very well recommended despite its minor flaws.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ebook version is extremely disorganized May 24 2014
By Leo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Had to return the ebook and buy the paperback, as ebook does not have page numbers and index, very disorganized. Even though the ebook has search function, but for words that difficult to spell, there is no way to find them without page number and index.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not practical on Kindle. ok on Ipad Aug. 5 2012
By Laurens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I purchased this guide for my Kindle. Reading books on Kindle is perfect. A travel guide however does not work well with Kindle. Maps and so are to small. Colour would help. And if you dont's have a touch screen (I don't) the links are not easy to use. On my Ipad however this works much better.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for traveling Feb. 19 2014
By R. Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well researched with lots of up to date information and very helpful. It's an deal companion for traveling within the Golden State.
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