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Lonely Planet Los Angeles, San Diego & Southern California (Travel Guide) Paperback – March 1, 2011
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Lonely Planet puts out guides for regular people, meaning I think anyone can get into a guide, learn with they want, and get busy enjoying. And since I got the soft bound version, it's a size that really fits under your arm to be carried, yet, not too big, or I could have opted for digital chapters for my iPhone or iPad device, those work well too. I like maps that keep me where I'm going. I use a rental car gps, but I still want to know on a bigger scale the area, what sights I'm after, and this book was perfect, for they could go to areas - like Palm Springs & the Deserts, Santa Barbara, and give detailed suggestions, San Diego's Balboa Park - home to museums, parks, and nearby places to stay or eat, well done. The book shows what's FREE, what's a Top Choice, the map of that area was right on. I just went there a few months ago, and boy, I wish I'd had this book with me! The Survival Guide aspect, really helps get you into the proper head space, meaning understanding the locals, their mind set.
Because architecture and culture are gaining in popularity in the area, I went through the author's suggested ideas as Must See's, and again, right on the money.Read more ›
- Eating/Drinking/Entertainment recommendations - I've noticed Lonely Planet seems to be most tuned in to the latest & greatest hot spots, and this guide is no exception (and if there's one city you want that kind of info, it's trend-obsessed LA). All the local institutions seem accounted for, too.
- Outdoor Activities - Good job here as well (another of Lonely Planet's strengths), particularly with surfing... I have a feeling the author is a fan. The hiking coverage is good - better than any other guidebook I've seen, certainly - but I kind of wish there were a bit more actual trail recommendations in the San Gabriel & San Bernardino Mountains (the latter of which is barely mentioned at all) which, along with the San Jacinto Mountains, are generally considered LA's premier hiking destinations. It also doesn't mention you can hike to the Hollywood sign (the "Mount Lee" trail). If you're interested in winter sports, Big Bear Lake is mentioned briefly, but it could be more in-depth on the subject.
- Los Angeles & San Diego coverage - Very good. All the essential sights are here, from neighborhoods both famous and those still up-and-coming. Orange County, including Disney Land + the beach cities, and Palm Springs have strong coverage - plus there's bonus Central Coast info, centered around Santa Barbara & the surrounding wine country (featured in "Sideways").Read more ›
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