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Product Details

  • Paperback: 660 pages
  • Publisher: DK Travel (July 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756661803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756661809
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...You feel, looking at them, as if you could close the book and step into the street. -- Contra Costa Times <br /><br />...considered to be the world's best travel resource to over 30 destinations around the world, make it easier to plan a splendid vacation. -- North American Press Syndication<br /><br />Both novice and experienced travelers will be captivated. -- US News & World Report<br /><br />Each book is a visual as well as informational feast about a particular place. -- The New York Times<br /><br />Encyclopedic in scope, it's meant to be used before, during, and after your stay. -- Travel & Leisure<br /><br />The Best Guidebooks Ever -- SKY MAGAZINE <br /><br />The best travel guides ever. -- Sky Magazine -Delta In flight Magazine<br /><br />The most graphically exciting and visually pleasing series on the market. -- Chicago Tribune<br /><br />Want to know where to get a great espresso on your way to the Uffizi? Or how much to tip a hotel maid in New York City? Try these travel guides, each an intricate trove of 3-D aerial views, landmark floor plans, color photos and essential eating, shopping and entertainment info. With titles covering Paris, Prague, and London, these pocket-sized guides are like a Michelangelo fresco: deliriously rich in detail. --People Magazine

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I greatly enjoy the DK Eyewitness Travel series.
Steven A. Peterson
It is perfect if you are planning to go to a few cities in a limited time or for more in depth information when planning a longer trip.
Karen Bierman Hirsh
They, like this one, are full of colour and beautiful glossy pages packed with photos and heaps of helpful information.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mark Seemann on 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paul Gaffner on February 16, 2000
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.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "bookboarder" on May 21, 2001
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!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Philip Greenspun on April 21, 2001
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)!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristi L. Long on June 10, 2007
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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By adonyvan on April 27, 2011
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This is a book to buy if you only want to go to LA and San Francisco, a lot of details about these two cities. But I am sure there are books specifically wrote for these 2, so why not go for those? This book covers very little on the scenic places such as CA coast line, several national parks, and Sierra. Not recommended!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Tassotto VINE VOICE on November 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a good book to use to begin researching a trip to California. The focus is primarily on LA and San Francisco but there is also quite a bit of information on the rest of the state as well. Like the rest of this series, this one also includes lots of pictures, illustrations and maps to give the reader/traveler a clear idea of the various sites. Detailed information about public transportation - where available - as well as traffic, health, banking...everything a traveler to California might need to know is offered.

This particular entry to the DK Eyewitness series covers a very large and diverse area making this volume rather larger (and heavier) than others in the series. Unless you are traveling throughout the state I would recommend getting one of the more specialized volumes. In addition this series does not update as often as other travel guides so it is necessary to check specific information just as hotel rates, or opening/closing of attractions by another source. For detailed local maps outside of featured areas it is also necessary to go to another.

With all of these drawbacks why get this book? This book contains a wealth of information concerning California history, geography, weather as well as the usual guide book information about tourist attractions and accomodations. This is an excellent book to give a would be traveler needed information about the area. Once the destinations have been selected this guide gives incredible detail about major (and some not so major) attractions in the form of photos, illustrations and diagrams as well as written descriptions.

Get this book to research your trip and keep it to remember your adventures.
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