Fodor's Southern California 2010 with Central Coast, Yosemite, Los Angeles, and San Diego

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Fodor's Southern California

Plan your Perfect Trip

Full-color guide • Make your trip to Southern California unforgettable with 50 maps, illustrated features, and 220 color photos.

Customize your trip with simple planning tools • Comprehensive overviews of each region and its highlights • Ideas for making the most of your time • Easy-to-read color city and regional maps

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Overview

Fodor's Southern California

Plan your Perfect Trip

Full-color guide • Make your trip to Southern California unforgettable with 50 maps, illustrated features, and 220 color photos.

Customize your trip with simple planning tools • Comprehensive overviews of each region and its highlights • Ideas for making the most of your time • Easy-to-read color city and regional maps

Explore San Diego, Big Sur, 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 o Illustrated features on Hollywood, Balboa Park, and California missions • Best coastal driving excursions, beaches, and desert resorts

Opinions from destination experts • Fodor's California-based writers reveal their favorite local haunts • Revised annually to provide the latest 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: 9781400009015
  • Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Series: Fodor's Gold Guides Series
  • Pages: 588
  • Sales rank: 1,463,247
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Experience southern California............8
What’s New in Southern California............10
When to Go............11
What’s Where............12
Southern California Planner............14
FAQ............15
California Today............16
Quintessential Southern California............18
Southern California’s Top Attractions............20
Southern California’s Top Experiences............22
Great Itineraries............23
SoCal’s South-of-the-Border Flavor............26
 
Chapter 2: San Diego............31
Welcome to San Diego............32
San Diego Planner............34
Exploring San Diego............38
Where to Eat............67
Best Bets for San Diego Dining............68
Where to Stay............78
Best Bets for San Diego Lodging............79
Nightlife and the Arts............89
Sports and the Outdoors............94
Shopping............102
Side Trips to North County............103
 
Chapter 3: Orange County and Catalina Island............111
Welcome to Orange County and Catalina Island............112
Orange County and Catalina Island Planner............114
Disneyland Resort............116
Knott’s Berry Farm............128
Coastal Orange County............132
Catalina Island............145
 
Chapter 4: Los Angeles............151
Welcome to Los Angeles............152
Los Angeles Planner............154
Exploring Los Angeles............160
Where to Eat............193
Best Bets for Los Angeles Dining............195
Where to Stay............205
Best Bets for Los Angeles Lodging............206
Nightlife and the Arts............216
Sports and the Outdoors............227
Shopping............231
 
Chapter 5: The Central Coast............235
Welcome to The Central Coast............236
The Central Coast Planner............238
Ventura County............242
Santa Barbara............248
Santa Barbara County............268
San Luis Obispo County............273
Big Sur Coastline............292
 
Chapter6: Channel Islands National Park............299
Welcome to Channel Islands National Park............300
Channel Islands National Park Planner............302
 
Chapter 7: The Monterey Bay Area............307
Welcome to The Monterey Bay Area............308
The Monterey Bay Area Planner............310
Carmel and Pacific Grove............316
Monterey............332
Around the Bay............341
Santa Cruz............347
 
Chapter 8: The Inland Empire............353
Welcome to The Inland Empire............354
The Inland Empire Planner............356
The Western Inland Empire............359
Riverside Area............363
San Bernardino Mountains............370
The Southern Inland Empire............376
 
Chapter 9: Palm Springs............383
Welcome to Palm Springs............384
Palm Springs Planner............386
The Desert Resorts............391
Along Twentynine Palms Highway............414
Anza-Borrego Desert............417
 
Chapter 10: Joshua Tree National Park............423
Welcome to Joshua Tree National Park............424
Joshua Tree National Park Planner............426
Planning............427
Where to Stay............430
 
Chapter 11: The Mojave Desert............431
Welcome to The Mojave Desert............432
The Mojave Desert Planner............434
The Western Mojave............437
The Eastern Mojave............444
Owens Valley............453
 
Chapter 12: Death Valley National Park............459
Welcome to Death Valley National Park............460
Death Valley National Park Planner............462
   
Chapter 13: The Central Valley............473
Welcome to The Central Valley............474
The Central Valley Planner............476
Southern Central Valley............478
Mid-Central Valley............482
North Central Valley............489
   
Chapter 14: The Southern Sierra............497
Welcome to The Southern Sierra............498
The Southern Sierra Planner............500
South of Yosemite National Park............501
Mammoth Area............504
East of Yosemite National Park............511
South of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks............514
 
Chapter 15: Yosemite National Park............515
Welcome to Yosemite National Park............516
Yosemite National Park Planner............518
Exploring Yosemite National Park............522
Sports and the Outdoors............531
Educational Programs............536
Where to Eat............537
Where to Stay............538
 
Chapter 16: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks............541
Welcome to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks............542
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Planner............544
Exploring Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks............546
Sports and the Outdoors............556
Educational Programs............559
Where to Eat............560
Where to Stay............561
 
Travel Smart............563
 
Index............573
 
About Our Writers............588
 
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IN FOCUS The Ultimate Road Trip: California’s Legendary Highway 1............28
Balboa Park: San Diego’s Cultural Heart............47
Highway 1: Santa Monica to Big Sur............156
Hollywood: Where the Stars Shine............169
On a Mission............250
Highway 1: Carmel to San Francisco............312
 
Maps Central San Diego and Mission Bay............40–41
Old Town San Diego............62
La Jolla............65
Where to Eat and Stay in San Diego............72–73
Where to Eat and Stay in Anaheim............125
The Orange County Coast............133
Catalina Island............148
Downtown Los Angeles............161
West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Century City and the Westside............179
Santa Monica, Venice, and Malibu............182
The San Fernando Valley............186
Pasadena Area............190
Where to Eat and Stay in Beverly Hills, Century City, Hollywood, Los Feliz, and West Hollywood............194
Where to Eat and Stay in Downtown Los Angeles............200
Where to Eat and Stay in Coastal and Western Los Angeles............202
Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties............244
Santa Barbara............257
San Luis Obispo County and Big Sur............275
Monterey Bay Area............317
Monterey............333
The Desert Resorts............389
Palm Springs............392
Mojave Desert............439
The Central Valley............479
Fresno Area............486
Yosemite’s Valley Floor............523
Western Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park............550

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    I always buy a Fodor's when I will be spending time in a particular location. I find them informative and insightful.

    I used this when I went to Santa Monica for a few days. I found a beautiful ocean front park and a pier that I would not have known about otherwise. It's a great tool for expanding your horizons when you are traveling.

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