Lonely Planet California's Best Trips

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Discover the freedom of the open road with Lonely Planet's California's Best Trips, your passport to the most up-to-date advice on unique experiences that await you along the Americana highways. This guide features 35 amazing road trips, from 2-day escapes to 2-week adventures. Walk underneath the towering Redwood trees, marvel at San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge, or step into Disneyland's Magic Kingdom; all with your trusted travel companion. Jump in the car, cue up ...

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Overview

Discover the freedom of the open road with Lonely Planet's California's Best Trips, your passport to the most up-to-date advice on unique experiences that await you along the Americana highways. This guide features 35 amazing road trips, from 2-day escapes to 2-week adventures. Walk underneath the towering Redwood trees, marvel at San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge, or step into Disneyland's Magic Kingdom; all with your trusted travel companion. Jump in the car, cue up your driving playlist, and hit the road!

Inside Lonely Planet's California's Best Trips:

  • Lavish colour and gorgeous photography on every page to inspire you as you plan
  • Itineraries and planning advice help you pick the right routes for you and tailor your trip to your needs and interests
  • Get around easily with 80 easy-to-read, full-color regional and route maps and detailed directions
  • Insider tips about local driving rules, parking, toll roads, and more help you get around like a local to avoid trouble spots and be safe on the road
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, and sight-seeing
  • Useful features - including Stretch Your Legs, Detours, and Link Your Trip
  • Coverage of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Napa Valley, Orange County, Palm Springs, Big Sur, Santa Monica, Monterey, San Diego, Sonoma Valley, Lake Tahoe, Carmel, San Luis Obispo, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet's California 's Best Trips is perfect for those planning to explore California in the classic American way-by road trip!

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Lonely Planet's California guide, our most comprehensive guide to California is perfect for those planning to both explore top sights and lesser-known gems. Looking for just the highlights of California? Check out Lonely Planet's Discover California, a photo-rich guide to the country's most popular attractions.
  • Looking for a guide focused on San Francisco, Los Angeles, or San Diego? Check out Lonely Planet's San Francisco guide orLos Angeles, San Diego & Southern California guide for a comprehensive look at all that each of these cities has to offer,Lonely Planet's Discover San Francisco, a photo-rich guide to the city's most popular attractions, or Lonely Planet's Pocket San Francisco or Pocket Los Angeles, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.

There's More in Store for You:

Whether you're exploring your own back yard or somewhere entirely new, Lonely Planet's USA Best Trips guides will ensure you have an amazing time exploring the varied landscapes, histories, and cultures of 'America the beautiful.' Check out Lonely Planet's New England's Best Trips or The Pacific Northwest's Best Trips for more road-tripping ideas.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Sara Benson, Nate Cavalieri, and Beth Kohn.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travelers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

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Editorial Reviews

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Campus Circle, October 10, 2013

“Fall is a great time to travel, and Lonely Planet’s California’s Best Trips is the perfect guide for adventurous and budget wanderers alike.”

Library Journal, June 14, 2013

“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.”

Library Journal
Another 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
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781741798104
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Series: Lonely Planet Best Trips Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 257,586
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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  • Posted January 25, 2014

    Full of awesome activities

    I love this book! It has given me the best restaurants to eat at, the best hotels to stay at. And it has a budget for everyone, I like how they take that into consideration. I have take this book with me on every road trip I take, because you never know when you need a last minute activity or a restaurant to eat at.

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