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California (Eyewitness Travel Guides) Paperback – July 19, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.
Have a great trip through American's 2nd greatest state (after Massachusetts, of course)!
The book begins with an introduction to California--its history, its geography (and coverage of earthquakes), a quick introduction to different regions within the state, its people (individuals and demographics). And on it goes.
There follows a discussion of different areas inside California--from the greater LA venue to Southern California (e.g., Orange County and San Diego) to the San Francisco area to Northern California (including wine country). For an illustration of what is covered in this part of the book, let's look at the Bay Area. Maps of the area (Pages 400-409) give street level coverage. Different parts of the city are covered--such as Downtown and Chinatown and Haight Ashbury. For each place, key buildings and institutions are mentioned. The various types of entertainment from opera to sports to clubs are outlined.
The final part of the book is entitled "Travelers' Needs." Want to know where to dine? Where to stay? Where to shop? Take a look at this section to get a sense of answers to these questions.
In the final analysis, this is another success story in the DK Eyewitness Travel series.
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arrived new, in good condition.
dk eyewitness guides are the best - nice quality construction, great layout, great photos, printing, great content.
I got this for a friend. I love the DK Eyewitness Travel series and have bought these books before to use myself. Read morePublished 7 months ago by BAK
I bought this book because of its great reviews. Im planning a trip to California in the near future and thought this book would be very helpful. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Janderson
Pretty good guide! Very thorough, with accurate visual information! I recommend it!Published 19 months ago by Julio C. N. Aragao
As usual D K nails it. I love these books, my favorite travel guides. Just as good on the off the beaten path, like Ventura, as it was on LA.Published on January 31, 2014 by Mary Ann Lynch