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Compass American Guides: Yosemite & Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks, 1st Edition (Full-color Travel Guide) Paperback – April 28, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Full-color Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Compass America Guides; 1 edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400019338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400019335
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After graduating from college in Chicago, Sara jumped on a plane to the West Coast with just one suitcase and $100 in her pocket. She landed in San Francisco, and today makes her home on the central California coast. She also spent three years living in Japan, after which she followed her wanderlust backpacking around Asia for almost a year before returning to the USA, where she has worked as a teacher, a journalist and a national park ranger. She is an all-seasons outdoor enthusiast.

The author of 50 travel and non-fiction books, Sara's writing has featured in national and international newspapers and magazines, including online content for the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic Traveler and Jetsetter. Sara has written for travel guidebook publishers including Lonely Planet, Frommer's, Compass American Guides (Fodor's), Wilderness Press and Countryman Press.

Her top-three favorite countries (so far, that is) are Nepal, Morocco and Cambodia, but Iceland, Namibia and Vietnam are next on her must-see life list. Back in the USA, her favorite places to hang out include California, Hawaii, Las Vegas and just about any national park. And her most memorable travel experience? Falling off a camel at the edge of the Sahara Desert.

To hear more about Sara's travel adventures, visit her blogs at http://indietraveler.blogspot.com and http://toptrailsmaui.blogspot.com. You can also follow her on Twitter (@indie_traveler) or download her best-selling iTunes mobile travel app, Viva Las Vegas, Baby! (www.sutromedia.com/apps/viva_vegas).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shelli Johnson on February 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
I love guidebooks. But I'm also a lover of new technology. I'm increasingly looking to the internet and other online, non-print resources for my trip-planning information.
However, I recently picked up this guidebook and IT IS WHY GUIDEBOOKS WILL NEVER DIE in my opinion! No online experience or online guide can provide the satisfaction this book provides. It's truly an "experience."
My family and I are contemplating a return trip to Yosemite, and this guidebook has been a tremendous resource in our trip-planning. What sets it apart from most, if not all, other guidebooks I've used in the past is that it has extensive information that is presented in easy-to-read format. This alone is not that unique, I realize, but the breadth of the information and the voice it's conveyed in make it special.
It's obvious that author Sara Benson has extensive first-hand experience and knowledge of Yosemite National Park and neighboring regions. That is worth a lot to me while planning a trip to the Yosemite region, and Benson's experience/knowledge are felt when perusing this guidebook. It results in a feeling of trustworthiness as we consider what we'll do, where we'll stay, which regions we'll include, etc., as we plan our return trip.
Another thing that definitely makes this guidebook a major keeper are the pages and pages of stunning photos. You can't get this type of experience online. To be able to hold all of this information, complete with photos and quick references, top picks, etc. in my hands is a treat. Our family can all enjoy the wonders of Yosemite in the pages as we share space on a sofa and plan out our upcoming Yosemite trip.
This is a terrific guidebook for people considering or planning a trip to the Yosemite National Park and Sierra Nevada regions!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy Rebecca Lowe on February 24, 2010
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As a young family looking to get started exploring the national parks, we weren't sure how to begin - but this book was like a warm welcome from an experienced veteran of the trail. She gives the full lowdown on the options, from roughing it in the scenic backcountry to living it up at the lodge. Ultimately we fell somewhere in the middle, and we found plenty of great suggestions here. We may never be the hardcore backpacking types, but it definitely encouraged us to take the plunge and plan a few family vacations!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kent Baker on March 23, 2010
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They did it again. I have the Yellostone & Grand Teton Compass guide, and this one is every bit as good. I hope they keep producing these guides for all our national parks. THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT!! The knowlede presented in these guides is very comprehensive, easy to find and understand, the photos, illustrations and maps are great, and their recommendations for places to eat, lodging and campgrounds is extremely valuable. I read these guides from cover to cover because I always learn new things about these places, even though I have been to them many times, both for pleasure and business (I am a nature photographer). Keep up the good work!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt Beatty on March 7, 2011
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Great photos, great overview of three wonderful national parks. I know Yosemite fairly well, and the author does a good job of covering the basics, explaining and making it appeal. The Sierras are a gorgeous place. I've got a deep love for them. I read John Muir's My First Summer in the Sierra right before reading this, and it helped give me a recent sense of wonder for the whole thing, for what the Sierras have outside of tourism.
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