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Lonely Planet Coastal California (Regional Guide) Paperback – March 20, 2018
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This is a well-designed and presented guide, with useful maps. This is not a glossy guide with lots of colour pictures, but it is a well-designed and laid out guide, with colour used primarily in the introductory section. It is intended to be a meaningful guide to things to see and do, and not just a list of things to see and do.
It is broken down into four major sections:
Page 4 - Plan Your Trip:
This section is an introduction to “Coastal California”, with features on what to look out for (Coastal California’s Top 25), what you need to know in advance, and all the important stuff for visotors.
On The Road (“The Guide”):
P058: San Francisco
P102: Marin County & the Bay Area
P153: Napa & Sonoma Wine Country
P212: North Coast & Redwoods
P268: Central Coast
P335: Santa Barbara County
P378: Los Angeles
P416: Disneyland & Orange County
P448: San Diego & Around
Page 486 - Understand
This section contains articles on local culture, history, arts, land & wildlife, etc.
Page 518 - Survival Guide:
A-Z Directory, transport, etc.
All of that said, then, the Lonely Planet "Coastal California" books, (any current edition), are just right for giving you an overall sense of top destinations and a reasonable taste of what you might encounter along the way. Viewed that way, this is a fine choice, especially if you like its slight bit of chatty edge compared to more staid guidebooks.
Because it covers so much territory you don't get a lot of detail on any single destination, but my sense was that it offered a fair sense of what your traveling options and choices will be.