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ISBN-13: 9780764566950
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/08/2002
Series: Frommer's Complete Series
Edition description: BOOK&MAP
Pages: 744
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.47(d)

About the Author

About the Authors Native San Franciscan Erika Lenkert spent the past four years seeking adventure, great food, and great accommodations throughout California while celebrating a delightfully wild three-year stint in Hollywood. She has a restaurant column in San Francisco magazine and hopes to find time to continue contributing to Los Angeles, InStyle, Travel & Leisure, and Bon Appétit. Mary Anne Moore is co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Bed & Breakfasts in California and has contributed to numerous other travel books. In her non-writing life, Mary Anne is a legislative consultant in the California State Capitol, spending her off hours traveling the globe in search of places even more wonderful than California. So far she hasn't found any. Combining the only three things he's good at—eating, sleeping, and criticizing—Matthew R. Poole has written and co-authored more than 20 travel guides to California and Hawaii, including Frommer's San Francisco and Frommer's Portable California Wine Country. A native Californian, he currently lives in San Francisco. A native of Los Angeles and an avid traveler, antiques hound, and pop-history enthusiast, Stephanie Avnet Yates believes that California is best seen from behind the wheel of a little red convertible. Stephanie has authored Frommer's Los Angeles, Frommer's San Diego, and Frommer's Wonderful Weekends from Los Angeles, in addition to contributing to several other regional guidebooks and websites.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsix
What's New in California1
1The Best of California5
1The Best of Natural California6
2The Best Beaches7
3The Best Golf Courses9
4The Best Offbeat Travel Experiences10
5The Best of Small-Town California11
6The Best Family Vacation Experiences12
7The Best Architectural Landmarks13
8The Best Museums15
9The Best Luxury Hotels & Resorts16
10The Best Affordable Small Hotels & Inns18
11The Best Places to Stay with the Kids19
12The Best Restaurants20
13The Best Culinary Experiences22
14The Best of the Preforming Arts & Special Events24
15The Best Websites25
2Planning Your Trip to California27
1Visitor Information & Money27
2When to Go28
California Calendar of Events29
3Tips for Travelers with Special Needs35
4Getting There37
5Planning Your Trip Online39 The Complete Travel Resource40
6Getting Around41
The Coast Starlight: All Aboard for Nostalgia44
7Recommended Reading45
Fast Facts: California46
3For International Visitors48
1Preparing for Your Trip48
2Getting to the United States53
3Getting Around the United States54
Fast Facts: For the International Traveler55
4San Francisco60
Neighborhoods & Districts in Brief65
2Getting Around67
Fast Facts: San Francisco71
Family-Friendly Hotels79
Dining with the Sun on Your Face at Belden Place94
5The Top Attractions103
6Exploring the City111
7Organized Tours116
8Golden Gate National Recreation Area & the Presidio117
9Outdoor Pursuits121
11San Francisco After Dark126
5The San Francisco Bay Area133
4Angel Island & Tiburon144
5Muir Woods & Mount Tamalpais146
6Half Moon Bay147
7San Jose151
The Winchester Mystery House: A Monument to One Woman's Paranoia153
6The Wine Country155
1Napa Valley155
The Ins & Outs of Shipping Wine Home156
Riding the Napa Valley Wine Train160
Hot-Air Ballooning over the Valley162
Find the New Yor--in a Calistoga Mud Bath169
Gourmet Picnics, Napa Style180
2Sonoma Valley181
Gourmet Picnics, Sonoma Style190
7The Nortern Coast193
1Point Reyes National Seashore193
2Along the Sonoma Coast200
4Fort Bragg213
5The Avenue of the Giants217
6Eureka & Environs219
7Crescent City226
8Redwood National & State Parks228
8The Far North: Lake Tahoe, the Shasta Cascades & Lassen Volcanic National Park233
1Lake Tahoe233
A Tale of Two Shores234
2Mount Shasta & the Cascades256
The Republic of California258
Shasta vs. Shasta259
3Lassen Volcanic National Park266
4Lava Beds National Monument272
9The High Sierra: Yosemite, Mammoth Lakes & Sequoia/Kings Canyon275
1Yosemite's Gateways275
2Yosemite National Park279
3Mammoth Lakes290
4Devils Postpile National Monument298
5En Route to Sequoia & Kings Canyon299
6Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks300
10Sacramento, the Gold Country & the Central Valley308
2The Gold Country316
Coloma: Where the Gold Rush Began326
A Visit to Volcano328
3The Central Valley & Sierra National Forest334
11The Monterey Peninsula & the Big Sur Coast340
1Santa Cruz340
3Pacific Grove357
4Pebble Beach & the 17-Mile Drive362
6Carmel Valley372
7The Big Sur Coast373
Camping in Big Sur378
8Pinnacles National Monument381
12The Central Coast384
1San Simeon: Hearst Castle384
Weekends at the Ranch: William Randolph Hearst & the Legacy of Hearst Castle388
2Morro Bay392
3San Luis Obispo394
4Pismo Beach399
5The Central Coast Wine Country: Paso Robles & the Santa Ynez Valley402
6Santa Barbara412
7The Ojai Valley421
8En Route to Los Angeles: Ventura425
9Channel Islands National Park428
13Los Angeles432
Neighborhoods in Brief438
2Getting Around441
Fast Facts: Los Angeles442
Kid-Friendly Hotels461
Sea Breezes & Sunsets: Oceanview Dining in Malibu474
5The Top Attractions490
Stargazing in L.A.: Top Spots About Town for Sighting Celebrities493
6Exploring the City496
Stargazing, Part II: The Less-than-Lively Set498
7TV Tapings512
9Outdoor Pursuits517
Dressing the Part: Where to Find Hollywood's Hand-Me-Downs524
11Los Angeles After Dark528
14Side Trips from Los Angeles539
1Long Beach & the Queen Mary539
2Santa Catalina Island542
3Big Bear Lake & Lake Arrowhead547
4Disneyland & Other Anaheim-Area Attractions557
The Art of the (Package) Deal560
5The Orange Coast570
Artistic Laguna: A Guide to Gallery-Hopping575
15The Southern California Desert580
1En Route to the Palm Springs Resorts580
2Get Your Kicks on Historic Route 66581
3The Palm Springs Desert Resorts587
Fairways & Five-Irons, Desert Style590
Here's the Rub: Two Bunch Palms Desert Spa593
Sweet Treat of the Desert: The Coachella Valley Date Gardens595
4Joshua Tree National Park606
5Mojave National Preserve609
6Death Valley National Park613
16San Diego & Environs617
Neighborhoods in Brief620
2Getting Around621
Fast Facts: San Diego624
Family-Friendly Hotels634
5The Main Attractions: The Zoo, SeaWorld & the Wild Animal Park651
7Exploring the Area657
8Outdoor Pursuits665
10San Diego After Dark670
11North County Beach Towns673
12Julian: Apples, Pies & a Slice of Small-Town California678
13Anza-Borrego Desert State Park682
AppendixCalifornia in Depth685
1California Today685
2History 101685
A Tale of Two States690

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