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28 mars 2013 Travel Guide
Classic Trips include the Pacifi c Coast Highway and Route 66 Packed with scenic byways and fun detours Covers wine countries, historic trails, national parks, beaches and more New local interviews sections

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Touches all of the bases, and also discloses many destinations that I'd not known of until now 2 mars 2013
Par Tom Brody - Publié sur Amazon.com
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CALIFORNIA'S BEST TRIPS, published by LONELY PLANET, and authored by Benson, Cavalieri, and Kohn, is a 383 page guidebook printed on good quality non-glossy paper. At least every other page has a full-page color photo, quarter page color photo, or color map. The book has 35 chapters within the following three sections. The three sections are color-coded in green tabs and graphics (northern California), red (central California), and blue (southern California). Each of the chapters has one or two pages on motels and restaurants. But the emphasis in this attractive book is on the natural landscape. Accordingly, this book is almost like a biography of my life, since I have visited most of the places described, e.g., 50 trips to Point Reyes; ten trips to Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley; 8 trips to Yosemite; 18 trips to Joshua Tree National Park; six trips to Death Valley; one trip to Mono Lake; two trips to Mount Lassen and Mount Shasta; about ten trips to the town of Jenner and up to Fort Ross, and so on.

PHOTOGRAPHS. The most striking photos include the following:

Yosemite Falls or Half-Dome (pages 6, 15, 204);
Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley vineyards (pages 8-9, 78, 90);
Redwood trees or sequoia trees (pages 12-13, 41, 119, 124, 211);
Golden Gate Bridge (pages 14-15);
The legendary Route 1, with scenes of nearby cliffs (pages 16-17, 106, 114, 152);
Joshua Tree National Park with scenes of boulders (pages 20, 340);
Alabama Hills with Mt. Whitney (page 23);
Victorian houses in San Francisco or in Eureka (pages 26-27, 45);
Point Reyes (pages 30-31, 73);
Chinatown in San Francisco (page 48);
McArthur-Burney Falls (pages 144-145);
Missions (pages 294; 299);
Death Valley sand dunes (page 330).

OMITTED PHOTOGRAPHS. The selection of photos is remarkable for its accurate choice of nearly all of the best of California's landscapes. In other words, there are none of the "wasted" photographs that are found in other guidebooks, such as generic photos of children in a park, or generic photos of ordinary flowers. Notable for their presence in this book are the following color photographs:

(1) The undulating light-yellow cliffs at DRAKE'S BAY at POINT REYES;
(2) CATHEDRAL PEAK, located in upper Yosemite, and possibly the most beautiful mountain in the United States, and within a reasonable hiking distance from the road;
(3) POINT LOBOS. The small bays in the northern half of this park contain hiking trails that cover a lightly forested slope, where in the water, you can see and hear otters floating on their back. The otters place a mollusk on their tummy, and they hold a stone in their paw, and they go "tap, tap, tap" on the mollusk in order to break it open. The southern half of this park is astonishingly beautiful, and the small bays are so beautiful that they seem artificial;
(4) JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK. What was omitted from this guidebook, and from all published photo books, are the Valentine's hearts. There are six Valentine's hearts. These are naturally-occurring hearts made of light brown granite. Each heart is about 15 feet tall. One is located in the center of White Tank Campground. Another is located a 15 minute stroll from the northeast tip of White Tank, and towards the radar tower (this one of the best of the batch). A third heart is located 530 paces north of Oyster Bar. The fourth heart is located between White Tank and Belle Campground. A fifth heart is located about 50 feet east of the DOUBLE PYRAMID at LIVE OAK CAMPGROUND. Another heart is located at campsite 83 at Jumbo Rocks. These are all shaped like a typical Valentine's heart.

TEXT. I like most of the writing, and below I quote a few excerpts of the skillfully honed writing. The writing is both accurate and on the verge of being poetic.

On page 102, we read that RETURN OF THE JEDI was filed at ARMSTRONG WOODS STATE PARK, and we read about nearby JOHNSON'S BEACH on the Russian River, where hundreds of folks rent canoes and peddleboats. On page 110 we read about the hike through fern canyon to a pygmy forest at VAN DAMME STATE PARK. The book also discloses the "real" FERN CANYON, located further to the north and up the coast, which is one of the most beautiful and dramatic bits of scenery in California. On page 118, we read about the astonishingly beautiful FOUNDER'S GROVE at Humboldt State Park. On page 164, we read about ARCANGELI GROCERY in Pescadero, which specializes in artichokes (this part of Route 1 is bordered by artichoke farms and strawberry farms). Point Lobos got only two sentences (page 173), too bad. Regarding JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, we read, "whimsical-looking Joshua trees define this park . . . this is one of California's top places to climb, even kids can scramble around the boulders (page 20). About BADWATER in Death Valley, we read that the salt pan ("playa") is "almost alien in its beauty" (page 333). I agree with this, but the book fails to emphasize the HEXAGONS OF SALT located at Badwater, and the accompanying photograph (page 337) of the salt pan is not good, and the reader will not be able to discern the hexagon patters. On page 222, we read about DEVIL'S POSTPILE, with "60 feet curtains of near vertical, six-sided basalt columns" formed when lava cooled. We read that the "honeycomb design is best appreciated from atop the columns reached by a short trail."

SACRAMENTO DELTA. I was glad that this book covered the Delta, and the enjoyable ROUTE 160 and the quaint, broken-down villages (pages 253-259). We read about the OLD SUGAR MILL, which is one of the few instances of commercial success along ROUTE 160. OLD SUGAR MILL is a wine-tasting facility that is meant for tourists. We read about LOCKE, a tattered old Chinatown. We read about ISLETON, perhaps the largest of the villages along ROUTE 160. The section mentions "levy roads along a maze of endless channels" (page 254). It would have been nice to have a photo of the levy road, which travels along the top of a 30-foot high dike, and where the view is decorated by a dozen charming bridges. In my opinion, I hope that an economic revival takes place some day, since Isleton and a couple of the other villages are almost ghost towns.

BERKELEY. The text about Berkeley is not to my taste. It falls into the usual irrelevant trap, common for guidebooks, of characterizing Berkeley as having "one of the most vocal activist populations in the country, this infamous college town has an interesting mix of graying progressives and idealistic undergrads" (page 64). In my opinion, this writing is an insult to the University of California, it is an insult to the faculty and staff, and it is an insult to the students, because of its minimal relevance and questionable accuracy. What should have been written, in my opinion, is that tourists can ride to the top of the bell tower (Sather Tower) at the center of campus, listen at close range to bell concerts (real bells; not phony electronic bells) while enjoying a view of the Golden Gate Bridge far in the distance. There are 61 bells, small ones that are 19 pounds, and large bells, the biggest being 10,500 pounds. What the book could also have mentioned, is that the bell tower was designed by John Galen Howard, and that it was based on a bell tower located at University of Concepcion in Chile, and that a similar towers are at Univ. of Birmingham in England, and Torre del Mangia in Siena. The book could also have mentioned the beautiful HEARST MINING BUILDING, also on the Berkeley campus and designed by John Galen Howard.

ERRORS ABOUT JOSHUA TREE. Page 341 reads, "Southern California's deserts can be brutally hot . . . escape to . . . Joshua Tree National Park, where shady fan-palm oases and date gardens meet." This is not correct. While this park does have a couple of palm oases, nobody goes to them. Mara Oasis is not even in the park proper, and it is ten miles from the nearest granite boulder. The other oasis is near Cottonwood Spring, which is located in the southern half of the park (where hardly anybody goes), and which requires a 7-mile hike. Even if Joshua Tree National Park did contain many palm trees (it does not), they would not protect you from the intense heat, which kills a couple of tourists every year. The map on page 342 highlights two parts of the park: KEYS VIEW and OASIS OF MARA. As I said above, nobody goes to Oasis of Mara. Most of the tourists go to HIDDEN VALLEY and to JUMBO ROCKS. At these two places, and on both sides of the road, one can find many astonishingly shaped boulders, some resembling Valentine's hearts, a sloth, an elephant, a sausage the size of a schoolbus, and so on. SPLIT ROCK TRAIL has excellent stone formations, including a few granite monoliths.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An excellent supplement to other guide books - but not a standalone 5 avril 2013
Par Goldengate - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
Despite my review title, I would recommend this book... but only as a supplement to other guide books / internet sources. If I had a RV and were tooling around the Golden State, I'd have this in the glove compartment and use it to answer the "Honey, where are we going and what are we doing today?" I don't have a RV but that's what I imagine people in RV's saying. These are road trips, not in depth guides to areas, so by the very nature of this book it scratches the surface of each area as you drive through... a few restaurants, a few places to sleep, some interesting tidbits, and LOTS of color pictures. I mean LOTS. All printed on non glossy paper.

I plan to put this in our guest room so guests to the Bay Area can use it to explore our gorgeous surroundings... and I plan to use it myself as I think of a few road trips in my California Dreamin'.

Overall a great supplement to other guides if your main interest is being on the open road and exploring our great state.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 OK, but someone limited. 1 décembre 2013
Par Kristin Belko - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I wanted to like this book because the premise is good. However, it skips too many places that aren't of interest to the writers but happen to be places one comes across in going from one place to another. Too many irrelevant details (what magnitude earthquake hit Santa Barbara in 1987) and thus doesn't have space for more information. Might work a little better if you supplement with internet information but that undermines the reason for a travel book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Lonely Planet Books Rule 14 avril 2013
Par kstars - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
I've rarely missed an opportunity to get one of these books, and I've been reviewing them for several years. I only get the books that have destinations I will actually visit, and I'm a California girl. These books are so up-to-date they are time-sensitive. These books tell you what to tip, how much admission is, and such.

The book is laid out with 35 road trips that are popular in California, but you can look up a certain city. I looked up Santa Barbara, and it said just where we needed to go. It is not nearly an exhaustive list of things to do in Santa Barbara, but, given this book is about road trips in particular, it only covers highlights. We took the train and got off on the street that led to the pier where we went to dinner. It was nice knowing where I was. Usually my husband only does.

The table of contents is divided up into 3 different color codes for Northern, Central, and Southern California. Then it lists them in succession of the three regions. Very handy.

I know about Southern California's "Palms to Pines", because I once lived near Palm Springs, and we just did the aerial tramway to Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains. I've spent the majority of my traveling days trecking the desert and mountains around there, from Orange County to Mexico. I was checking the book for accuracy, and it appears as though I've spotted a drive my father took our family on one of the drives where I saw both - Indian corn grinding stones and other Indian artifacts - and a nice view from a telescope of the Salton sea in all it's glory. I could never figure that out until now. But there is more: Telephone numbers of significant sites, prices of admission, and a little history of Indians and 60's Hippies. The book actually points out things I've done, and things I've yet to do (that I didn't know about" at my favorite desert and mountain sites.

We recently went to San Francisco in Northern CA. My son took us all over the place. He lives there. We've seen The Cliff House historic building, which isn't mentioned in the book. A shame, because it burned down and got rebuilt. It's old -- 1800's, and the bar serves a savory puff with drinks for free; however, I do see pages of more significant attractions in the book along a certain route, or routes, going from San Francisco on towards wine country on the next two pages; some I have seen, and some I've yet to see. They highlighted a restaurant that seems significant. Prices for meals range from $100 +. Chez something. Must be popular. The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the first pictures in the front of the book.

I know the big thermometer on the way to Las Vegas is in the book. Yes it is in Baker, CA. in bold print. The world's largest thermometer. Just a bit of Central California. Central California is where there is a lot of agriculture, and it has death Valley. An amazing place with a lot of historical places.

I would go into all of the beaches in CA., but there are so many,;Coronado bridge in San Diego is breathtaking. Malibu, Catalina Island, Palos Verdes, and Santa Monica pier! Santa Barbara, Big Sur, and Carmel by the sea! Don't miss any of those! California beaches are among the best in the world.

This book is highly recommended. I love California. L.A. is where I am. The weather here is great because we are close to the temperate beaches where a lot of famous people live.

From Amazon worth noting:

Discover the freedom of the open road. Napa Valley: Discover the finest wine tours and fresh local food Yosemite: Get back to nature on this stunning wilderness driveBig Sur: Experience the very best of the Pacific Coast Highway35 amazing road trips inside...Inspirational Trip Ideas. 2-day escapes to week-long adventures See it Like a Local. Packed with regional trips and exciting detours Road Trips Made Easy. Maps, detailed directions and expert advice Our Promise You can trust our travel information because Lonely Planet authors visit the places we write about, each and every edition. We never accept freebies for positive coverage so you can rely on us to tell it like it is.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 California Dreamin' 28 février 2013
Par Jeanne Tassotto - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
I opened this book intending to just thumb through but soon found myself reading every single word and dreaming of cruising through the Golden State. California, particularly northern California is a long time favorite vacation destination for me so I thought I knew most of the tourist attractions but after reading this volume I added many more spots to my bucket list. The focus in this book is not the usual spots (although many of the obvious are included) but the off the beaten path places that probably aren't covered in other travel guides. The trips range from two to ten days with most in the long weekend range (2 to 4 days) although suggestions are included for hooking together trips for extended itineraries.

In addition to describing routes and attractions the guide also includes suggestions for unusual dining and lodging. No mass market chains are included, instead local restaurants and delis are featured as well as boutique hotels and B & B's. In addition campgrounds are also included in the more remote areas. The descriptions are all of necessity brief but with access to the internet it would not be difficult for a reader to locate addition information about specific places. In fact perhaps the best way to use this volume is as the basis for planning a trip, a way to narrow the focus to make organizing a vacation easier.

The biggest drawback that I can see to this guide is that it seems to be skewed to a higher budget than many travelers, particularly those with families have. Most of the eating and lodging selections are in the $10 and up category for meal and $100 and up (often way up) for lodging. I realize that this is because the local options often cannot compete with the big chains for prices so probably the most practical use of these suggestions is to include an occasional splurge rather than as regular choices. Again use this guide as a starting point and supplement with additional, readily obtainable, information.

Overall this is a great guide, one that has this reader ready to pack a suitcase and get on the road.
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