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Library JournalAnother title in Lonely Planet’s “Best Trips” series, this second edition covers 35 road trips throughout California. For a compact book, this guide packs in not only popular sites and journeys, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Coast Highway, but also lesser-known gems, such as MacArthur Burney Falls and the Trinity Scenic Byway. Lonely Planet authors Benson, Nate Cavalieri, and Beth Kohn do justice to the plethora of treasures throughout California with descriptions that evoke the vibe of the places and people. Photographs and useful small overview maps complement the descriptions. As in the other series titles, there are brief city guides and some in-depth focus on areas in the “Stretch Your Legs” features. Restaurant and lodging suggestions are provided but are not extensive. A short section on California driving provides information on rentals, parking, and suggested websites for further specifics. Look for the excellent playlist of a half dozen road trip tunes listed and buried in the driving guide section.
Verdict A gem of a guidebook for those who are seeking to road trip in California.—Louise Feldmann, Colorado State Univ. Lib., Fort Collins
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