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Discover California (Lonely Planet Discover Guides) Paperback – January 1, 2011
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Two urban areas, Los Angeles and San Francisco get their own chapters. The other portions of the book cover the rest of the Bay Area and northern California, the Sierra, the Southern California Coast (which does not include LA but does include both Big Sur and San Diego, two remarkably different areas, and of course Wine Country. Each chapter begins with a list of highlights, as does the book itself. Even relatively small communities which merit interest receive some mention here, including Ferndale, just south of Eureka, and hot springs resort Ukiah. The emphasis in this book is on urban visits, but it does include features on parks. Yosemite, of course, gets extensive coverage. But I was impressed by the amount of space devoted to some otherwise little known state parks like Salt Point and Jack London Historic Park.
For the most part, I found the information in the book accurate, but I did find a couple of minor mistakes. The scenes from Star Wars with the Ewoks are described as filmed in two different state parks and actually it was neither of the ones listed. Visitors who remember the movie will want to visit Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park which is not actually mentioned in the book.Read more ›
I pretty much preferred and strongly recommend, for those reading Spanish, the "Guia azul de California y las Vegas".