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Fodor’s. For Choice Travel Experiences.

Fodor’s helps you unleash the possibilities of travel by providing the insightful tools you need to experience the trips you want. Although you’re at the helm, Fodor’s offers the assurance of our expertise, the guarantee of selectivity, and the choice details that truly define a destination. It’s like having a friend in California!

•Updated annually, Fodor’s California ...

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Overview

Fodor’s. For Choice Travel Experiences.

Fodor’s helps you unleash the possibilities of travel by providing the insightful tools you need to experience the trips you want. Although you’re at the helm, Fodor’s offers the assurance of our expertise, the guarantee of selectivity, and the choice details that truly define a destination. It’s like having a friend in California!

•Updated annually, Fodor’s California provides the most accurate and up-to-date information available in a guidebook.

Fodor’s California features options for a variety of budgets, interests, and tastes, so you make the choices to plan your trip of a lifetime.

•If it’s not worth your time, it’s not in this book. Fodor’s discriminating ratings, including our top tier Fodor’s Choice designations, ensure that you’ll know about the most interesting and enjoyable places in California.

•Experience California like a local! Fodor’s California includes choices for every traveler, from hiking through a redwood forest and catching the perfect wave to spinning in Disneyland’s teacups and shopping at trendy boutiques, and much more!

•Indispensable, customized trip planning tools include “Top Reasons to Go,” “Word of Mouth” advice from other travelers, and tips to help save money, bypass lines, and avoid common travel pitfalls.

Fodor’s California includes a full-color pullout map!

Visit Fodors.com for more ideas and information, travel deals, vacation planning tips, reviews and to exchange travel advice with other travelers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400007295
  • Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/18/2008
  • Series: Fodor's Gold Guides Series
  • Pages: 896
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 1.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Be a Fodor’s Correspondent ............ 3
About This Book ............ 8

Chapter 1: Experience California ............ 9
What’s New in California ............ 10
What’s Where Southern California ............ 12
What’s Where Northern California ............ 14
California Planner ............ 16
When To Go ............ 17
California Today ............ 18
Top California Attractions ............ 20
California’s Top Experiences ............ 23
Quintessential California ............ 24
If You Like ............ 26
Great Itineraries ............ 28
FAQ ............ 34

Chapter 2: San Diego ............ 35
Welcome to San Diego ............ 36
San Diego Planner ............ 38
Exploring San Diego ............ 39
La Jolla ............ 61
Where to Eat ............ 64
Where to Stay ............ 75
Nightlife & the Arts ............ 87
Sports & the Outdoors ............ 92
Shopping ............ 100
Side Trips to North County ............ 102
San Diego Essentials ............ 104

Chapter 3: Orange County & Catalina Island ............ 107
Welcome to Orange County & Catalina Island ............ 108
Orange County & Catalina Island Planner ............ 110
Disneyland Resort ............ 111
Knott’s Berry Farm ............ 120
The Coast ............ 123
Orange County Essentials ............ 135
Catalina Island ............ 136

Chapter 4: Los Angeles ............ 143
Welcome to Los Angeles ............ 144
Los Angeles Planner ............ 146
Exploring Los Angeles ............ 147
Where to Eat ............ 174
Where to Stay ............ 184
Nightlife & the Arts ............ 193
Sports & the Outdoors ............ 201
Shopping ............ 205
Los Angeles Essentials ............ 208

Chapter 5: Channel Islands National Park ............ 213
Welcome to Channel Islands National Park ............ 214
Channel Islands National Park Planner ............ 216
Where to Stay & Eat ............ 224
Channel Islands Essentials ............ 225

Chapter 6: The Inland Empire ............ 227
Welcome to the Inland Empire ............ 228
The Inland Empire Planner ............ 230
The Western Inland Empire ............ 231
Riverside Area ............ 237
San Bernardino Mountains ............ 244
The Southern Inland Empire ............ 248
The Inland Empire Essentials ............ 256

Chapter 7: Palm Springs & the Southern Desert ............ 259
Welcome to Palm Springs & the Southern Desert ............ 260
Palm Springs & the Southern Desert Planner ............ 262
The Desert Resorts ............ 263
Along Twentynine Palms Highway ............ 286
Anza-Borrego Desert ............ 288
Palm Springs & the Southern Desert Essentials ............ 293

Chapter 8: Joshua Tree National Park ............ 297
Welcome to Joshua Tree National Park ............ 298
Joshua Tree National Park Planner ............ 300
Where to Stay & Eat ............ 307
Joshua Tree Essentials ............ 310

Chapter 9: Death Valley National Park ............ 311
Welcome to Death Valley ............ 312
Death Valley National Park Planner ............ 314
Where to Stay & Eat ............ 325
Death Valley Essentials ............ 329

Chapter 10: The Mojave Desert ............ 331
Welcome to the Mojave Desert ............ 332
The Mojave Desert Planner ............ 334
The Western Mojave ............ 335
The Eastern Mojave ............ 341
Owens Valley ............ 350
The Mojave Essentials ............ 354

Chapter 11: The Southern Sierra ............ 357
Welcome to the Southern Sierra ............ 358
The Southern Sierra Planner ............ 360
South of Yosemite ............ 362
Mammoth Area ............ 364
East of Yosemite National Park ............ 371
Southern Sierra Essentials ............ 373

Chapter 12: Yosemite National Park ............ 375
Welcome to Yosemite ............ 376
Yosemite National Park Planner ............ 378
Where to Stay & Eat ............ 394
Yosemite Essentials ............ 403

Chapter 13: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks ............ 405
Welcome to Sequoia and Kings Canyon ............ 406
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Planner ............ 408
Exploring Sequoia National Park ............ 411
Exploring Kings Canyon National Park ............ 417
Where to Stay & Eat ............ 421
Sequoia & Kings Canyon Essentials ............ 427

Chapter 14: The Central Valley ............ 429
Welcome to the Central Valley ............ 430
The Central Valley Planner ............ 432
Southern Central Valley ............ 433
Mid-Central Valley ............ 437
North Central Valley ............ 443
The Central Valley Essentials ............ 449

Chapter 15: The Central Coast ............ 451
Welcome to the Central Coast ............ 452
The Central Coast Planner ............ 454
Ventura County ............ 455
Santa Barbara ............ 460
Santa Barbara County ............ 473
San Luis Obispo County ............ 478
Big Sur Coastline ............ 495
Central Coast Essentials ............ 499

Chapter 16: The Monterey Bay Area ............ 503
Welcome to the Monterey Bay Area ............ 504
The Monterey Bay Area Planner ............ 506
Carmel & Pacific Grove ............ 507
Monterey ............ 523
Around the Bay ............ 532
Santa Cruz ............ 537
Monterey Bay Area Essentials ............ 544

Chapter 17: San Francisco ............ 547
Welcome to San Francisco ............ 548
San Francisco Planner ............ 550
Exploring San Francisco ............ 551
Where to Eat ............ 583
Where to Stay ............ 597
Nightlife & the Arts ............ 607
Sports & the Outdoors ............ 612
Shopping ............ 613
San Francisco Essentials ............ 615

Chapter 18: The Wine Country ............ 619
Welcome to Wine Country ............ 620
Wine Country Planner ............ 622
The Napa Valley ............ 624
Wine Tasting in Napa & Sonoma ............ 626
The Sonoma Valley ............ 659
Elsewhere in Sonoma County ............ 673
Wine Country Essentials ............ 683

Chapter 19: The Bay Area ............ 685
Welcome to the Bay Area ............ 686
The Bay Area Planner ............ 688
Marin County ............ 689
Marin County Essentials ............ 696
The East Bay ............ 698
East Bay Essentials ............ 707
The Coastal Peninsula ............ 708
The Inland Peninsula ............ 713
South Bay ............ 715
San Jose ............ 718
The Peninsula & South Bay Essentials ............ 723

Chapter 20: The North Coast ............ 725
Welcome to the North Coast ............ 726
The North Coast Planner ............ 728
Point Reyes National Seashore ............ 729
The Sonoma Coast ............ 733
The Mendocino Coast ............ 737
Redwood Country ............ 747
The North Coast Essentials ............ 755

Chapter 21: The Gold Country ............ 757
Welcome to the Gold Country ............ 758
The Gold Country Planner ............ 760
Sacramento & Vicinity ............ 761
The Gold Country–South ............ 768
The Gold Country–North ............ 776
The Gold Country Essentials ............ 780

Chapter 22: Lake Tahoe ............ 783
Welcome to Lake Tahoe ............ 784
Lake Tahoe Planner ............ 786
California Side ............ 788
Nevada Side ............ 813
Lake Tahoe Essentials ............ 824

Chapter 23: Redwood National Park ............ 827
Welcome to Redwood ............ 828
Redwood National Park Planner ............ 830
Where to Stay & Eat ............ 838
Redwood Essentials ............ 840

Chapter 24: The Far North ............ 841
Welcome to the Far North ............ 842
The Far North Planner ............ 844
From Chico to Mt. Shasta ............ 845
The Backcountry ............ 855
The Far North Essentials ............ 863

California Essentials ............ 865
Getting Started ............ 866
Transportation ............ 873
On the Ground ............ 877

Index ............ 879

About Our Writers ............ 896

Maps
Driving on the Edge of the Continent ............ 29
Southern California Dreaming ............ 32
Balboa Park ............ 41
Central San Diego & Mission Bay ............ 48—49
Old Town San Diego ............ 59
La Jolla ............ 62
Where to Eat in San Diego ............ 66—67
Where to Stay in San Diego ............ 78—79
Where to Stay & Eat in Anaheim ............ 117
The Orange County Coast ............ 124
Catalina Island ............ 138
Downtown Los Angeles ............ 148
Hollywood ............ 152
West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Century City & the Westside ............ 160
Santa Monica, Venice & Malibu ............ 164
The San Fernando Valley ............ 166
Pasadena Area ............ 170
Where to Stay & Eat in Beverly Hills, Century City, Hollywood, Los Feliz & West Hollywood ............ 175
Where to Stay & Eat in Downtown Los Angeles ............ 180
Where to Stay & Eat in Coastal & Western Los Angeles ............ 182
Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz & Anacapa Islands ............ 219
The Desert Resorts ............ 264
Palm Springs ............ 265
Joshua Tree NP Western Area ............ 305
Darwin Falls Trail ............ 323
Mojave Desert ............ 336
Yosemite’s Valley Floor ............ 383
Western Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park ............ 414
King’s Canyon Cedar Grove Area ............ 418
The Central Valley ............ 434
Fresno Area ............ 440
Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties ............ 456
Santa Barbara ............ 462
San Luis Obispo County & Big Sur ............ 480
Monterey Bay Area ............ 508
Monterey ............ 523
Union Square & Chinatown ............ 552
SoMA & Civic Center ............ 557
Nob Hill & Russian Hill ............ 561
North Beach & On the Waterfront ............ 564
The Marina & the Presidio ............ 570
Golden Gate Park & the Western Shoreline ............ 574
The Haight, the Castro, Noe Valley & the Mission District ............ 578
Pacific Heights & Japantown ............ 581
Where to Eat In & Around Downtown San Francisco ............ 584—585
Where to Stay In & Around Downtown San Francisco ............ 598—599
Napa Valley ............ 635
Where to Stay & Eat in Napa Valley ............ 638
Sonoma Valley ............ 662—663
Where to Stay & Eat in Sonoma Valley ............ 666—667
Marin County ............ 690
The East Bay, the Inland Peninsula & the South Bay ............ 699
Oakland ............ 701
Berkeley ............ 704
Downtown San Jose ............ 720
Point Reyes to Fort Bragg ............ 731
Redwood Country ............ 749
The Gold Country ............ 762
Sacramento ............ 764
Redwood NP Northern Areas ............ 834
Redwood NP Southern Areas ............ 836
Lassen Volcanic National Park ............ 859

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