The Best Coast: A Road Trip Atlas: Illustrated Adventures along the West Coast's Historic Highways

The Best Coast: A Road Trip Atlas: Illustrated Adventures along the West Coast's Historic Highways

by Chandler O'Leary


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This quirky illustrated book covers historic routes up and down the West Coast by showcasing roadside attractions, beloved landmarks, hidden history, and other offbeat delights for armchair travelers and road-trippers alike. It’s the perfect inspiration for a trip along the coast, or to simply savor as a love letter to the region. 

What better place for a road trip than the West Coast (the best coast, by any measure)? From San Diego, California, all the way up to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, you'll find off-the-beaten-path adventures up and down the coast. This charming illustrated book features both the coastal route via historic Highways 101 and 1 (the PCH) and an inland route up Highway 99, highlighting the natural beauty along the shore while also connecting the traveler to major cities and other attractions. Includes side trips to destinations such as Catalina Island, Joshua Tree National Park, Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks, wine country, Crater Lake National Park, the Columbia River Gorge, Mount Rainier National Park, the San Juan Islands, and Vancouver, BC. Also includes in-depth city guides to San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, and Seattle. Chock-full of unusual facts, hidden history, and Americana, this one-of-a-kind road trip through California, Oregon, and Washington tells a story of the diversity and depth that created the West Coast we know and love today, showcasing both the ever-changing present and vestiges of the past for those who slow down to look. From a co-author of the award-winning Dead Feminists, this guide is perfect for fans of Atlas Obscura, Rebecca Solnit, and Julia Rothman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632171740
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 165,178
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

CHANDLER O'LEARY is an illustrator and lettering artist, and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the co-author of Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color and the author of an illustrated travel blog called Drawn the Road Again. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, and spends every spare moment traveling America's winding back roads, sketchbook in hand.

Table of Contents

Preface: Life Is a Highway vi

Introduction: Hit the Road viii

How to Use This Book x

Travel Tips xii

Pack Your Bags xiv

Essentials List xv

Part 1 The Coastal Route

Southern California 6

San Diego to Santa Barbara

Central California 28

Solvang to the Slow Coast

Northern California 48

San Francisco to the Redwood Empire

Oregon 76

Brookings to Astoria

Washington 90

Long Beach to the Olympic Peninsula

Part 2 The Inland Coast

Southern California 112

Palm Springs to Los Angeles

Central California 128

Bakersfield to Sacramento

Northern California 138

Sacramento Valley to Yreka

Oregon 144

Ashland to Portland

Washington 168

Vancouver to Bellingham

City Guides

San Diego 6

San Francisco 48

Los Angeles 122

Sacramento 134

Portland 160

Seattle 176

Side Trips

Catalina: Island Paradise 16

Channel Islands National Park 24

Wine Country 62

Victoria, British Columbia 104

The High Desert 116

Sequoia & Yosemite National Parks 132

Crater Lake National Park 148

Top Of The World: Timberline Lodge 158

Gorge-Ous: The Historic Columbia River Highway 166

MT Rainier National Park 174

Island-Hopping 184

America's Alps: The North Cascades 192

Vancouver, British Columbia 196

Afterword: The Road Mead 198

Wildlife Checklist 199

Connecting Routes 200

Index of Places 202

Index of Parks and Attractions 204

Resources 206

Thank You 207

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