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Fodor's California 2011


? Full-color guide ? Make your trip to California unforgettable with illustrated features, 92 maps, and 393 color photos
? Customize your trip with simple planning tools ? Top experiences and attractions ? Lodging comparison charts ? Easy-to-read color regional maps
? Explore the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, Yosemite National Park, and beyond ? Discerning Fodor?s Choice picks for hotels, restaurants, sights, and more ? ?Word of Mouth? tips from fellow Fodor?s ...
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• Full-color guide • Make your trip to California unforgettable with illustrated features, 92 maps, and 393 color photos
• Customize your trip with simple planning tools • Top experiences and attractions • Lodging comparison charts • Easy-to-read color regional maps
• Explore the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, Yosemite National Park, and beyond • Discerning Fodor’s Choice picks for hotels, restaurants, sights, and more • “Word of Mouth” tips from fellow Fodor’s travelers • Illustrated features on Wine Country, Highway 1, and Hollywood
• Opinions from destination experts • Fodor’s California-based writers reveal their favorite local haunts • Revised annually to provide the latest information
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Editorial Reviews

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"In terms of comprehensiveness of coverage, the very accessible format, and the enthusiastic tone, this series remains one of the best on the market." –Booklist
"Fodor's super-informative guidebooks are known for accuracy and attention to detail…" –The Sacramento Bee
"The Fodor's guides are notable for their ratings of sights, restaurants, shops, accommodations and attractions." –Chicago Tribune
"The great detail, infectious spirit, and attractive format are distinguishing traits of these guides, which are entries in one of the top series in the business." –Booklist
"Fodor's can help you plan the perfect adventure" –The Arizona Republic
"Always thoughtfully written and easily readable, Fodor's travel guides have become a must-have when traveling to unfamiliar destinations" –Mid South Magazine
"Widely recognized as the gold standard of mainstream travel" –Honolulu Advertiser
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400004850
  • Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Series: Fodor's Gold Guides Series
  • Pages: 948
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Experience California 10

What's New in California 12

What's Where in Southern California 14

What's Where in Northern California 16

California Planner 18

When to Go 19

California Today 20

California Top Attractions 22

California's Top Experiences 25

Quintessential California 26

If You Like 28

Great Itineraries 30

2 San Diego 39

Welcome to San Diego 40

San Diego Planner 42

Exploring San Diego 46

Where to Eat 75

Best Bets for San Diego Dining 76

Where to Stay 86

Best Bets for San Diego Lodging 87

Nightlife and the Arts 97

Sports and the Outdoors 102

Shopping 109

Side Trips to North County 111

3 Orange County and Catalina Island 119

Welcome to Orange County and Catalina Island 120

Orange County and Catalina Island Planner 122

Disneyland Resort 124

Knott's Berry Farm 136

Coastal Orange County 140

Catalina Island 153

4 Los Angeles 159

Welcome to Los Angeles 160

Los Angeles Planner 162

Exploring Los Angeles 168

Visiting the Studios 178

Where to Eat 197

Best Bets for Los Angeles Dining 198

South-of-the-Border Flavor 204

Where to Stay 211

Best Bets for Los Angeles Lodging 212

Nightlife and the Arts 222

Sports and the Outdoors 231

Shopping 235

5 The Central Coast 239

Welcome to the Central Coast 240

The Central Coast Planner 242

Ventura County 246

Santa Barbara 252

Santa Barbara County 272

San Luis Obispo County 279

Big Sur Coastline 298

6 Channel Islands National Park 305

Welcome to Channel Islands National Park 306

Channel Islands National Park Planner 308

7 The Monterey Bay Area 313

Welcome to the Monterey Bay Area 314

The Monterey Bay Area Planner 316

Carmel and Pacific Grove 321

Monterey 336

Around the Bay 345

Santa Cruz 350

8 San Francisco 359

Welcome to San Francisco 360

San Francisco Planner 362

Exploring San Francisco 369

Where to Eat 422

Best Bets for San Franciso Dining 423

NorCal's Locavore Food Movement 424

Where to Stay 437

Best Bets for San Francisco Lodging 438

Nightlife 448

The Arts 452

Sports and the Outdoors 455

Shopping 456

9 The Bay Area 459

Welcome to The Bay Area 460

The Bay Area Planner 462

Marin County 463

The East Bay 482

The Coastal Peninsula 498

10 The Wine Country 505

Welcome to Wine Country 506

Wine Country Planner 508

The Napa Valley 512

The Sonoma Valley 552

Elsewhere in Sonoma County 567

11 The North Coast 579

Welcome to the North Coast 580

The North Coast Planner 582

The Sonoma Coast 585

The Mendocino Coast 590

Redwood Country 600

12 Redwood National Park 607

Welcome to Redwood National Park 608

Redwood National Park Planner 610

13 The Inland Empire 615

Welcome to the Inland Empire 616

The Inland Empire Planner 618

The Western Inland Empire 621

Riverside Area 626

San Bernardino Mountains 632

The Southern Inland Empire 637

14 Palm Springs 645

Welcome to Palm Springs 646

Palm Springs Planner 648

The Desert Resorts 653

Along Twentynine Palms Highway 677

Anza-Borrego Desert 679

15 Joshua Tree National Park 685

Welcome to Joshua Tree National Park 686

Joshua Tree National Park Planner 688

16 The Mojave Desert 693

Welcome to the Mojave Desert 694

The Mojave Desert Planner 696

The Western Mojave 699

The Eastern Mojave 706

Owens Valley 716

17 Death Valley National Park 721

Welcome to Death Valley National Park 722

Death Valley National Park Planner 724

Park Essentials 725

18 The Central Valley 737

Welcome to the Central Valley 738

The Central Valley Planner 740

Southern Central Valley 742

Mid-Central Valley 746

North Central Valley 753

19 The Southern Sierra 761

Welcome to the Southern Sierra 762

The Southern Sierra Planner 764

South of Yosemite National Park 765

Mammoth Lakes 768

East of Yosemite National Park 775

South of Sequoia and Kings Canyon: Three Rivers 778

20 Yosemite National Park 779

Welcome to Yosemite National Park 780

Yosemite National Park Planner 782

21 Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Parks 801

Welcome to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks 802

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Planner 804

Sequoia National Park 806

Kings Canyon National Park 813

22 Sacramento And The Gold Country 819

Welcome to Sacramento and the Gold Country 820

Sacramento and the Gold Country Planner 822

Sacramento and Vicinity 826

The Gold Country-South 832

The Gold Country-North 846

23 Lake Tahoe 851

Welcome to Lake Tahoe 852

Lake Tahoe Planner 854

California Side 859

Nevada Side 889

24 The Far North 899

Welcome to The Far North 900

The Far North Planner 902

From Chico to Mt. Shasta 905

The Backcountry 914

Travel Smart California 923

Index 933

About Our Writers 948

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