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The California Coast: The Most Spectacular Sights & Destinations Hardcover – December 16, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: Pictorial Discovery Guides
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press (December 16, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089658481X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896584815
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

A veteran travel writer of guides to San Francisco and Northern California, with at least four titles in multiple editions, Misuraca has expanded her territory by heading south from the Redwoods down the coast to San Diego. In this colorful portrait of the West Coast, she describes the environment, towns and cities, and attractions that make this 1200-mile coastline an exciting place to explore. The ten essays, providing both current and historical perspectives, are accompanied by over 120 color photographs that are sure to stimulate any armchair traveler's imagination. This is not a traditional travel guide, as it does not provide detailed information on attractions; nor does it include listings of restaurants and places to stay as does, for instance, Don Neuwirth's The California Coast: A Traveler's Companion (LJ 4/15/98). It does, however, stand alone as an excellent introduction to the California coastline for students and visitors alike. Recommended for all libraries in California as well as for libraries that wish to supplement their basic travel collections on the Golden State. John McCormick, New Hampshire State Lib., Concord
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

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

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What an excellently written book.
Dusty Roads
This is probably the only book about California's coast that I have seen that both residents and potential visitors will treasure equally.
Donald Mitchell
I am planning my trip to California based on the information presented in this book.
Marinella

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
One of my favorite things to do is to travel down sections of the California coast. I do this whenever I can, and usually have an opportunity to revisit a favorite site at least once a year. One of the high points of being a teenager in California was taking a driving trip with my mother and sister where we covered almost the entire coast.
I was very impressed by this book. If you think you are interested in taking a trip to the California coast, I think this book is essential!
First, I couldn't find any sight that I have enjoyed visiting that was not included. For example, I have spent a lot of time near Laguna in Southern California in recent years. I found every activity that I enjoy doing in Laguna captured in the book, down the art galleries and museum I like to visit there.
Second, most books of photography cause you to have great envy for the skill of the photographer, with no idea how to take your own images. I was delighted when the book opened with a brief photographic note that explained what equipment was used for the photographs. It's all equipment that I can access and manage, which is also nice. The images of sunsets over the ocean are the best!
Third, the book brings in the environmental issues of defending the coastline from California's enormous population and heavy tourism industry. You will read about how development and wildlife are both being protected and brought together in complementary ways. Ms. Misuraca's text makes no bones about the smog and congestion near Los Angeles, and the photographs make those problems visually appalling.
Fourth, the writing is way above what I've come to expect for travel-related books. I thought that Jean-Michel Cousteau's Foreword was especially eloquent. "California is a fabled land . . . .
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Pierrot on September 18, 2005
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Stunning photographs!! A beautiful book! Text is most interesting & informative too. Well written. You wish you could jump into the page & pictures themselves. I once lived in California - wish I had this book - years ago! SM Pierrot Olney, MD
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dusty Roads on March 2, 2006
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What an excellently written book. If a picture is worth a thousand words, the authors words are worth a thousand (mental) pictures. But there are very nice photo's as well. Covers nature, towns, and cities with the type of information a tourist or native would appreciate. And if you can't actually do such a trip, you definitely can from your armchair while reading this book. A real pleasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KrisS on February 25, 2011
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I am learning alot about the California Coast and I really enjoy looking at the pictures. I wish there were more pictures of the sights they describe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raquel R. Lopez on October 19, 2009
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My husband and I have been touring the coast of California for a couple of years and I was sure we had missed a few beautiful spots, I saw this book in the waiting room of my dentist recently and had to have it. This book has given my husband and I many places to visit and enjoy. It is full of wonderful pictures and great discriptions of the coastal towns California has to offer. I would encourage everyone to get a copy of it. Even if you are not planning on visiting these areas it is a wonderful book for you coffee table your friends and family will enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JK on January 19, 2009
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I purchased a copy of this book to present to a German friend who helped me locate my long-lost family. At one time, this friend had spent a month traveling up and down the California coast and he said this book brought back all those beautiful memories. The photography is beautiful and the photos are presented in a lovely format. (In fact, I'd love to have a copy for myself ... )
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