The Rough Guide to California

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Practical travel guide to California with a free eBook featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in California. The Rough Guide to California also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in California, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip.


The Rough Guide to California covers: Los Angeles; San Diego; the Deserts; Death Valley; the Sierra; the Central Coast; San Francisco; the Gold Country; Lake Tahoe and Northern California.


Inside this travel guide you'll find:


RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EVERY TYPE OF TRAVELLER

Experiences for every kind of trip to California, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in Yosemite Valley to family activities in child-friendly places, like Venice Beach or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like Salvation Mountain.


PRACTICAL TRAVEL TIPS

Essential pre-departure information including California entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


TIME-SAVING ITINERARIES

Carefully planned routes covering the best of California give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


DETAILED REGIONAL COVERAGE

Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


INSIGHTS INTO GETTING AROUND LIKE A LOCAL

Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for surfing or climbing the saw-toothed peaks of the Sierra Nevada.


HIGHLIGHTS OF THINGS NOT TO MISS

Rough Guides' rundown of Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Big Sur, San Diego's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to California, even in a short time.


HONEST AND INDEPENDENT REVIEWS

Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, to help to find the best places in California, matching different needs.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter features fascinating insights into California, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


FABULOUS FULL COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHY

Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Yosemite National Park and the spectacular Bixby Creek Bridge.


COLOUR-CODED MAPPING

Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in San Francisco, Napa and many more locations in California, reduce need to go online.


USER-FRIENDLY LAYOUT

With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.


FREE EBOOK

Free eBook download with every purchase of a printed book allows you to access all of the content from your phone or tablet, for on-the-road exploration.


Book Details

ISBN: 9781789195392
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 3/31/2020
Pages: 720
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm

Series

This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences


  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 


Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page

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Reviews

4.4 out of 5, 24 global ratings

Amazon Customer

It is useful but only if you have lots of time to ...

Reviewed on September 26, 2017
Paperback | Verified

This book has so much information in it that it is almost too much. Instead of key highlights in each destination, it lists absolutely everything you can do in no particular order and mainly without any photos. It is useful but only if you have lots of time to read through everything. There are better books that clearly list the most interesting things to do by destination.

Amazon Customer

A readable and informative guide

Reviewed on June 23, 2017
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This 752-page book - the 12th (printed) edition of June 2017 - is an interesting and readable (the two are not always found together) guide to the American West Coast state of California. Unlike many guides, this is not a glossy booklet dotted with colourful photographs to make it look superficially attractive, but a (literally) rough guide in terms of comparative paper finishes, but well-designed and presented, with readable text, useful maps, and (well-chosen) photographs only where space allows. The excellent design and layout means that you don’t need unnecessary spot illustrations to break up column after column of small-printed data.

The Contents are
P004: Introduction (Where to go, when to go, what to see, etc.)
P026: Basics (travel, transport, accommodation, shopping, eating & drinking, and other touristy stuff)

The Guide:
P054: Los Angeles
P150: San Diego and around
P202: The deserts
P252: Death Valley, Owens Valley and the Eastern Sierra
P294: San Joaquin Valley and the Western Sierra
P348: The Central Coast
P416: San Francisco and the Bay Area
P536: The Gold Country and Lake Tahoe
P586: Northern California

P670: Contexts (articles on history, environment & wildlife, etc.)
P699: Index

Amazon Customer

Five Stars

Reviewed on January 25, 2015
Paperback | Verified

great item

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