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Backroads of the California Coast takes you past the Golden State’s crowded theme parks and popular beach destinations to quiet, historic, and scenic getaways, the kind of places that first drew visitors to this land of sprawling sunny beaches and dramatic mist-filled rocky cliffs and coves. In twenty-four driving tours off the well-trodden Highway 1 and Highway 101, the grandeur of the place where the Pacific Ocean begins is celebrated—showcasing everything from the 1940s glamour of Catalina Island on the south coast to the central coast’s picturesque winelands and the north coast’s romantic fishermen’s villages. The pinnacle for those heading west since the 1600s, the California coastline also is still home to historic Spanish ranchos and missions, relics of the state’s mining past, as well as cool, magnificent redwood forests, lush mountain valleys, hidden coves where sea lions play, and well-preserved estuaries perfect for bird-watching. All are highlighted within these pages with glorious photography and an informative text, luring you to explore some of the most stunning landscapes in the country.

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Karen Misuraca is a travel, golf, and outdoor writer from Sonoma. She is the award-winning author of The California Coast as well as Our San Francisco, Backroads of the California Wine Country, Quick Escapes from San Francisco, and other travel books. www.karenmisuraca.com

Gary Crabbe is the owner of Enlightened Images Photography and the photographer for Voyageur Press's Our San Francisco, Backroads of the California Wine Country, and The California Coast. www.enlightphoto.com

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  • Series: Backroads of ...
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (July 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760333432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760333433
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mabbts on July 17, 2009
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I purchased this book to help explore the California coast. There is a section on the Palos Verdes Peninsula--I travel that route on my daily commute so I was hoping to find out about details about the area. But there are only a few things highlighted from each area. So it wasn't much for someone who is local.

On the other hand, I know many people who have been to Los Angeles, even some who have lived here, that had no idea about the beautiful coastline between the beach cities and the Port. So, the book would definitely highlight a little known backroad right in Los Angeles. (I use it for my commute because there is no traffic which makes it faster than the freeways!)

The photos are beautiful and I am glad I purchased this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Wong on August 30, 2009
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Gary Crabbe is a fantastic photographer who has a great eye for lighting and capturing the essence of a place. I usually just skim through text in photo books as sort of like how commercials are to TV shows but the text here by the author makes good use of the space by telling us enough to be interested in the places, a road trip if you will, but doesn't bog down the flow with superfluous details. The size of the book is perfect as well as it could easily fit in your travel bag or in your car.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Duane Paulsen on March 15, 2013
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I used it as a reference for a vacation to the North Coast. It was quite helpful and very specific.
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By Laura on June 27, 2014
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Very nice book to have in the car during recent road trip through California. I left my copy at a hotel on my final night in CA, so someone else would benefit from it. Very nice reference material, and pin points some places of interest.
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