Fodor's Northern California 2010 with Napa, Sonoma, Yosemite, San Francisco & Lake Tahoe

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Full-color guide • Make your trip to Northern California unforgettable with 69 maps, illustrated features, and 240 color photos.

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Fodor's Northern California

Plan your Perfect Trip

Full-color guide • Make your trip to Northern California unforgettable with 69 maps, illustrated features, and 240 color photos.

Customize your trip with simple planning tools • Convenient overview of each region and its highlights • Best bets for local dining • Easy-to-read color regional maps

Explore San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, and beyond • Discerning Fodor's Choice picks for hotels, restaurants, sights, and more • “Word of Mouth” tips from Fodor's travelers • Illustrated features on the Wine Country, cable cars, and the national parks • Best outdoor adventures and San Francisco dining

Opinions from destination experts • Fodor's Northern California-based writers reveal their favorite local haunts • Revised annually to provide the most up-to-date information

“Fodor's has emerged…as our fave guidebook series for insider tips about things you actually want to know…” -Miami Herald

“Hipped up…with colorful maps and graphics, plus advice on a broader range of attractions, from classic to quirky.” -Outside Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400009008
  • Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Series: Fodor's Gold Guides Series
  • Pages: 588
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Experience northern California............8
What’s New in Northern California............10
When to Go............11
What’s Where............12
Northern California Planner............14
FAQ............15
California Today............16
Quintessential Northern California............18
Northern California’s Top Attractions............20
Northern California’s Top Experiences............22
Great Itineraries............23
NorCal’s Locavore Food Movement............26
 
Chapter 2: The Central Coast............31
Welcome to The Central Coast............32
The Central Coast Planner............34
Ventura County............40
Santa Barbara............46
Santa Barbara County............66
San Luis Obispo County............71
Big Sur Coastline............91
 
Chapter 3: The Monterey Bay Area............97
Welcome to The Monterey Bay Area............98
The Monterey Bay Area Planner............100
Carmel and Pacific Grove............106
Monterey............122
Around the Bay............131
Santa Cruz............136
 
Chapter 4: San Francisco............143
Welcome to San Francisco............144
San Francisco Planner............146
Exploring San Francisco............153
Where to Eat............205
Best Bets for San Francisco Dining............206
Where to Stay............219
Best Bets for San Francisco Lodging............220
Nightlife............230
The Arts............234
Sports and the Outdoors............237
Shopping............238
 
Chapter 5: The Bay Area............241
Welcome to The Bay Area............242
The Bay Area Planner............244
Marin County............245
The East Bay............264
The Coastal Peninsula............281
 
Chapter 6: The Wine Country............287
Welcome to The Wine Country............288
Wine Country Planner............290
The Napa Valley............294
The Sonoma Valley............332
Elsewhere in Sonoma County............347
 
Chapter 7: The North Coast............359
Welcome to The North Coast............360
The North Coast Planner............362
The Sonoma Coast............365
The Mendocino Coast............370
Redwood Country............380
 
Chapter 8: Redwood National Park............387
Welcome to Redwood National Park............388
Redwood National Park Planner............390
Where to Stay............394
 
Chapter 9: The Southern Sierra............395
Welcome to The Southern Sierra............396
The Southern Sierra Planner............398
South of Yosemite National Park............399
Mammoth Area............402
East of Yosemite National Park............409
South of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks............412
 
Chapter 10: Yosemite National Park............413
Welcome to Yosemite National Park............414
Yosemite National Park Planner............416
Exploring Yosemite National Park............420
Sports and the Outdoors............429
Educational Programs............434
Where to Eat............435
Where to Stay............436
   
Chapter 11: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks............439
Welcome to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks............440
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Planner............442
Exploring Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks............444
Sports and the Outdoors............454
Educational Programs............457
Where to Eat............458
Where to Stay............459
 
Chapter 12: Sacramento and the Gold Country............461
Welcome to Sacramento and the Gold Country............462
Sacramento and the Gold Country Planner............464
Sacramento and Vicinity............468
The Gold Country—South............474
The Gold Country—North............488
 
Chapter 13: Lake Tahoe............493
Welcome to Lake Tahoe............494
Lake Tahoe Planner............496
California Side............501
Nevada Side............531
 
Chapter 14: The Far North............541
Welcome to The Far North............542
The Far North Planner............544
From Chico to Mt. Shasta............547
The Backcountry............556
 
Travel Smart............565
 
Index............575
 
About Our Writers............588

NORTH CALIFORNIA IN FOCUS The Ultimate Road Trip: California’s Legendary Highway 1............28
Highway 1: Santa Monica to Big Sur............36
On a Mission............48
Highway 1: Carmel to San Francisco............102
Highway 1: San Francisco to Fort Bragg............148
Chinatown............159
Cable Cars............173
Wine Tasting in Napa and Sonoma............296
Eureka! California’s Gold Rush............475
Tahoe: A Lake for All Seasons............503
 
Maps Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties............42
Santa Barbara............54
San Luis Obispo County and Big Sur............73
The Monterey Bay Area............107
Monterey Bay............123
Union Square and Chinatown............154
SoMA and Civic Center............168
Nob Hill and Russian Hill............171
North Beach and On the Waterfront............179
The Marina and the Presidio............187
Golden Gate Park and the Western Shoreline............192
The Haight, the Castro, Noe Valley and the Mission District............197
Pacific Heights and Japantown............201
San Francicso Dining and Lodging............210–211
Marin County............247
The East Bay and the Coastal Peninsula............265
Oakland............267
Berkeley............274
Napa Valley............306
Where to Eat and Stay in Napa Valley............308
Sonoma County............336–337
Where to Eat and Stay in Sonoma County............342–343
Sonoma and Mendocino Coasts............366
Redwood Country............381
Yosemite Valley Floor............421
Western Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks............448
The Gold Country............467
Sacramento............469
Lassen Volcanic Natl Park............560

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