Backroads of the California Coast: Your Guide to Scenic Getaways & Adventures

Backroads of the California Coast: Your Guide to Scenic Getaways & Adventures

by Karen Misuraca, Gary Crabbe

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From sprawling beaches to dramatic cliffs, the landscapes carved out by the mighty Pacific Ocean have been a destination for adventure and discovery since the earliest Spanish explorers arrived in the 1600s. While here and there the coastal wilderness has given way to California’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities, the backroads and mountain lanes afford countless opportunities to experience the quiet of nature or explore the history of centuries-old communities. Visit sleepy fishing villages and historic landmarks of the Old West; hike through lush wilderness and fish in clear mountain streams; or catch some waves at one of the many pristine beaches along California’s glorious coastline.

With glorious color photography and detailed descriptions, maps, and directions, Backroads of the California Coast offers two dozen fascinating and scenic journeys through some of the nation's most glorious landscapes.

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ISBN-13: 9781616732110
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 07/15/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 20 MB
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About the Author

Karen Misuraca is a travel, golf, and outdoor writer from Sonoma. She is the award-winning author of The California Coast as well as Our San Francisco, Backroads of the California Wine Country, Quick Escapes from San Francisco, and other travel books.

Gary Crabbe is the owner of Enlightened Images Photography and the photographer for Voyageur Press’s Our San Francisco, Backroads of the California Wine Country, and The California Coast.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

North Coast


1.A             Northern Outpost to Smith River Redwoods

                   Sidebar: Jedediah’s Trees

                   Sidebar: Canopy Adventure


2.A             Arcata Marsh and the Humboldt Lagoons

                   Sidebar: Fern Canyons and Gold Bluffs Beach

                   Sidebar: Tallest Living Things


3. A            Victorian Ferndale on Humboldt Bay

                   Sidebar: Avenue of the Giants

                   Sidebar: Lost on the Coast


4. A            Anderson Valley on the Navarro

                   Sidebar: Mendocino Winelands


5. A            Russian River Roundabout

                   Sidebar: Green Valley: King of Pinot Noir

                   Sidebar: A Picnic in Armstrong Grove

6. A            Sonoma County Farmlands

                   Sidebar: Fishermen of Bodega Bay

7. A            Beaches of the Sleeping Maiden

                   Sidebar: Point Reyes National Seashore 

8. A            Guarding the Gate: Marin Headlands 

                   Sidebar: A New National Park


9. A            Tiburon Peninsula to China Beach

                   Sidebar: Angel Island 


10. A          San Francisco Bay Meets the Pacific

                   Sidebar: Golden Gate Park 

Central Coast

11. B          Skyline to Sea: San Mateo Coast 

                   Sidebar: Stagecoach Stop

                   Sidebar: California Coastal Trail


12. B          Foggy Vineyards, Sunny Riverbanks: Santa Cruz Mountains

                   Sidebar: Roaring Camp Railroad

                   Sidebar: The Rhone Ranger

13. B          Cruising into Santa Cruz

                   Sidebar: Beach Boardwalk  

                   Sidebar: Historic Wilder Ranch


14. B          Cowboys and Cabernet: Carmel Valley  

                   Sidebar: Carmel-by-the-Sea  


15. B          Rim of the Bay: Monterey to Pebble Beach

                   Sidebar: Steinbeck’s Salinas

16. B          Santa Lucias Meet the Sea: Big Sur 

                   Sidebar: Henry Miller’s Hideaway

17. B          Moonstones and Elephants: the Cambria Coast

                   Sidebar: Mr. Hearst’s Castle 

18. B          Seven Sisters of Morro Bay

                   Sidebar: Born Again: Avila Beach

                   Sidebar: Land of Chardonnay


South Coast


19. C          Nipomo Dunes and the Gaviota Coast

          Sidebar: A Tent in a Canyon

          Sidebar: Clams in Pismo?

20. C          Syrah and Saloons: Santa Ynez Valley

       Sidebar: Queen of the California Riviera

21. C          High Valley Shangri-la: Ojai  

22C            Cliffs and Coves of the Palos Verdes Peninsula

23C            Left My Love in Avalon: Catalina Island 

24C           Secrets of Newport Beach: Crystal Cove 

       Sidebar: Balboa Island Boardwalk

25C            Dana’s Pilgrim and the Swallows of San Juan Capistrano

                   Sidebar: Laguna Beach

26C            North County Getaway: Flower Fields and Phalaropes

       Sidebar: Leo Carillo Ranch


27C            Punto de Los Arboles, the Rarest Pine 

                   Sidebar: Los Penasquitos Preserve

                   Sidebar: Wild and Wet San Diego

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