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Publisher Comments:

Fodors. For Choice Travel Experiences.

Fodors helps you unleash the possibilities of travel by providing the insightful tools you need to experience the trips you want. Although youre at the helm, Fodors offers the assurance of our expertise, the guarantee of selectivity, and the choice details that truly define a destination. Its like having a friend in California!

•Updated annually, Fodors California provides the most accurate and up-to-date information available in a guidebook.

Fodors California features options for a variety of budgets, interests, and tastes, so you make the choices to plan your trip of a lifetime.

•If its not worth your time, its not in this book. Fodors discriminating ratings, including our top tier Fodors Choice designations, ensure that youll know about the most interesting and enjoyable places in California.

•Experience California like a local! Fodors California includes choices for every traveler, from hiking through a redwood forest and catching the perfect wave to spinning in Disneylands teacups and shopping at trendy boutiques, and much more!

•Indispensable, customized trip planning tools include “Top Reasons to Go,” “Word of Mouth” advice from other travelers, and tips to help save money, bypass lines, and avoid common travel pitfalls.

Fodors California includes a full-color pullout map!

Visit Fodors.com for more ideas and information, travel deals, vacation planning tips, reviews and to exchange travel advice with other travelers.

Synopsis:

Updated annually, "Fodor's California" provides the most accurate and up-to-date information available in a guidebook. This edition offers choices for every traveler, from hiking through a redwood forest and catching the perfect wave to spinning in Disneyland's teacups and shopping at trendy boutiques.

Synopsis:

Fodor's updated guide to California offers choices for every traveler, from hiking through a redwood forest and catching the perfect wave to spinning in Disneyland's teacups and shopping at trendy boutiques.

Synopsis:

California is one of Americas most popular vacation destinations, and for good reason the state is so diverse that it draws every type of traveler, from shopaholics and spa junkies to mountain bikers and surfers. Whether you plan to tour wineries in Sonoma County, hike the Southern Sierra, or max out your credit cards on Rodeo Drive, Fodors California 2010 is there every step of the way, with savvy recommendations and helpful tips. Now in full color, it covers the state with both substance and style. Features include:

•More than 300 color photographs and easy-to-read color maps that illustrate the beauty of California and help you choose what to see

•Evocative, photo-filled features on quintessential California experiences, including road-tripping on the Pacific Coast Highway, touring the Wine Country, and experiencing the real Hollywood

•In-depth coverage of Californias eight national parks, from Joshua Tree to Redwood

•Up-to-date restaurant reviews for every part of the state, and extensive coverage of the dining scene in Californias cities

•Orientation maps and planning pages at the beginning of each chapter to help you get your bearings, pick your destinations, and plan your trips

Fodors. For Choice Travel Experiences.

Table of Contents

Be a Fodors Correspondent ............ 3

About This Book ............ 8

Chapter 1: Experience California ............ 9

Whats New in California ............ 10

Whats Where Southern California ............ 12

Whats Where Northern California ............ 14

California Planner ............ 16

When To Go ............ 17

California Today ............ 18

Top California Attractions ............ 20

Californias Top Experiences ............ 23

Quintessential California ............ 24

If You Like ............ 26

Great Itineraries ............ 28

FAQ ............ 34

Chapter 2: San Diego ............ 35

Welcome to San Diego ............ 36

San Diego Planner ............ 38

Exploring San Diego ............ 39

La Jolla ............ 61

Where to Eat ............ 64

Where to Stay ............ 75

Nightlife & the Arts ............ 87

Sports & the Outdoors ............ 92

Shopping ............ 100

Side Trips to North County ............ 102

San Diego Essentials ............ 104

Chapter 3: Orange County & Catalina Island ............ 107

Welcome to Orange County & Catalina Island ............ 108

Orange County & Catalina Island Planner ............ 110

Disneyland Resort ............ 111

Knotts Berry Farm ............ 120

The Coast ............ 123

Orange County Essentials ............ 135

Catalina Island ............ 136

Chapter 4: Los Angeles ............ 143

Welcome to Los Angeles ............ 144

Los Angeles Planner ............ 146

Exploring Los Angeles ............ 147

Where to Eat ............ 174

Where to Stay ............ 184

Nightlife & the Arts ............ 193

Sports & the Outdoors ............ 201

Shopping ............ 205

Los Angeles Essentials ............ 208

Chapter 5: Channel Islands National Park ............ 213

Welcome to Channel Islands National Park ............ 214

Channel Islands National Park Planner ............ 216

Where to Stay & Eat ............ 224

Channel Islands Essentials ............ 225

Chapter 6: The Inland Empire ............ 227

Welcome to the Inland Empire ............ 228

The Inland Empire Planner ............ 230

The Western Inland Empire ............ 231

Riverside Area ............ 237

San Bernardino Mountains ............ 244

The Southern Inland Empire ............ 248

The Inland Empire Essentials ............ 256

Chapter 7: Palm Springs & the Southern Desert ............ 259

Welcome to Palm Springs & the Southern Desert ............ 260

Palm Springs & the Southern Desert Planner ............ 262

The Desert Resorts ............ 263

Along Twentynine Palms Highway ............ 286

Anza-Borrego Desert ............ 288

Palm Springs & the Southern Desert Essentials ............ 293

Chapter 8: Joshua Tree National Park ............ 297

Welcome to Joshua Tree National Park ............ 298

Joshua Tree National Park Planner ............ 300

Where to Stay & Eat ............ 307

Joshua Tree Essentials ............ 310

Chapter 9: Death Valley National Park ............ 311

Welcome to Death Valley ............ 312

Death Valley National Park Planner ............ 314

Where to Stay & Eat ............ 325

Death Valley Essentials ............ 329

Chapter 10: The Mojave Desert ............ 331

Welcome to the Mojave Desert ............ 332

The Mojave Desert Planner ............ 334

The Western Mojave ............ 335

The Eastern Mojave ............ 341

Owens Valley ............ 350

The Mojave Essentials ............ 354

Chapter 11: The Southern Sierra ............ 357

Welcome to the Southern Sierra ............ 358

The Southern Sierra Planner ............ 360

South of Yosemite ............ 362

Mammoth Area ............ 364

East of Yosemite National Park ............ 371

Southern Sierra Essentials ............ 373

Chapter 12: Yosemite National Park ............ 375

Welcome to Yosemite ............ 376

Yosemite National Park Planner ............ 378

Where to Stay & Eat ............ 394

Yosemite Essentials ............ 403

Chapter 13: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks ............ 405

Welcome to Sequoia and Kings Canyon ............ 406

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Planner ............ 408

Exploring Sequoia National Park ............ 411

Exploring Kings Canyon National Park ............ 417

Where to Stay & Eat ............ 421

Sequoia & Kings Canyon Essentials ............ 427

Chapter 14: The Central Valley ............ 429

Welcome to the Central Valley ............ 430

The Central Valley Planner ............ 432

Southern Central Valley ............ 433

Mid-Central Valley ............ 437

North Central Valley ............ 443

The Central Valley Essentials ............ 449

Chapter 15: The Central Coast ............ 451

Welcome to the Central Coast ............ 452

The Central Coast Planner ............ 454

Ventura County ............ 455

Santa Barbara ............ 460

Santa Barbara County ............ 473

San Luis Obispo County ............ 478

Big Sur Coastline ............ 495

Central Coast Essentials ............ 499

Chapter 16: The Monterey Bay Area ............ 503

Welcome to the Monterey Bay Area ............ 504

The Monterey Bay Area Planner ............ 506

Carmel & Pacific Grove ............ 507

Monterey ............ 523

Around the Bay ............ 532

Santa Cruz ............ 537

Monterey Bay Area Essentials ............ 544

Chapter 17: San Francisco ............ 547

Welcome to San Francisco ............ 548

San Francisco Planner ............ 550

Exploring San Francisco ............ 551

Where to Eat ............ 583

Where to Stay ............ 597

Nightlife & the Arts ............ 607

Sports & the Outdoors ............ 612

Shopping ............ 613

San Francisco Essentials ............ 615

Chapter 18: The Wine Country ............ 619

Welcome to Wine Country ............ 620

Wine Country Planner ............ 622

The Napa Valley ............ 624

Wine Tasting in Napa & Sonoma ............ 626

The Sonoma Valley ............ 659

Elsewhere in Sonoma County ............ 673

Wine Country Essentials ............ 683

Chapter 19: The Bay Area ............ 685

Welcome to the Bay Area ............ 686

The Bay Area Planner ............ 688

Marin County ............ 689

Marin County Essentials ............ 696

The East Bay ............ 698

East Bay Essentials ............ 707

The Coastal Peninsula ............ 708

The Inland Peninsula ............ 713

South Bay ............ 715

San Jose ............ 718

The Peninsula & South Bay Essentials ............ 723

Chapter 20: The North Coast ............ 725

Welcome to the North Coast ............ 726

The North Coast Planner ............ 728

Point Reyes National Seashore ............ 729

The Sonoma Coast ............ 733

The Mendocino Coast ............ 737

Redwood Country ............ 747

The North Coast Essentials ............ 755

Chapter 21: The Gold Country ............ 757

Welcome to the Gold Country ............ 758

The Gold Country Planner ............ 760

Sacramento & Vicinity ............ 761

The Gold Country-South ............ 768

The Gold Country-North ............ 776

The Gold Country Essentials ............ 780

Chapter 22: Lake Tahoe ............ 783

Welcome to Lake Tahoe ............ 784

Lake Tahoe Planner ............ 786

California Side ............ 788

Nevada Side ............ 813

Lake Tahoe Essentials ............ 824

Chapter 23: Redwood National Park ............ 827

Welcome to Redwood ............ 828

Redwood National Park Planner ............ 830

Where to Stay & Eat ............ 838

Redwood Essentials ............ 840

Chapter 24: The Far North ............ 841

Welcome to the Far North ............ 842

The Far North Planner ............ 844

From Chico to Mt. Shasta ............ 845

The Backcountry ............ 855

The Far North Essentials ............ 863

California Essentials ............ 865

Getting Started ............ 866

Transportation ............ 873

On the Ground ............ 877

Index ............ 879

About Our Writers ............ 896

Maps

Driving on the Edge of the Continent ............ 29

Southern California Dreaming ............ 32

Balboa Park ............ 41

Central San Diego & Mission Bay ............ 48—49

Old Town San Diego ............ 59

La Jolla ............ 62

Where to Eat in San Diego ............ 66—67

Where to Stay in San Diego ............ 78—79

Where to Stay & Eat in Anaheim ............ 117

The Orange County Coast ............ 124

Catalina Island ............ 138

Downtown Los Angeles ............ 148

Hollywood ............ 152

West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Century City & the Westside ............ 160

Santa Monica, Venice & Malibu ............ 164

The San Fernando Valley ............ 166

Pasadena Area ............ 170

Where to Stay & Eat in Beverly Hills, Century City, Hollywood, Los Feliz & West Hollywood ............ 175

Where to Stay & Eat in Downtown Los Angeles ............ 180

Where to Stay & Eat in Coastal & Western Los Angeles ............ 182

Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz & Anacapa Islands ............ 219

The Desert Resorts ............ 264

Palm Springs ............ 265

Joshua Tree NP Western Area ............ 305

Darwin Falls Trail ............ 323

Mojave Desert ............ 336

Yosemites Valley Floor ............ 383

Western Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park ............ 414

Kings Canyon Cedar Grove Area ............ 418

The Central Valley ............ 434

Fresno Area ............ 440

Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties ............ 456

Santa Barbara ............ 462

San Luis Obispo County & Big Sur ............ 480

Monterey Bay Area ............ 508

Monterey ............ 523

Union Square & Chinatown ............ 552

SoMA & Civic Center ............ 557

Nob Hill & Russian Hill ............ 561

North Beach & On the Waterfront ............ 564

The Marina & the Presidio ............ 570

Golden Gate Park & the Western Shoreline ............ 574

The Haight, the Castro, Noe Valley & the Mission District ............ 578

Pacific Heights & Japantown ............ 581

Where to Eat In & Around Downtown San Francisco ............ 584—585

Where to Stay In & Around Downtown San Francisco ............ 598—599

Napa Valley ............ 635

Where to Stay & Eat in Napa Valley ............ 638

Sonoma Valley ............ 662—663

Where to Stay & Eat in Sonoma Valley ............ 666—667

Marin County ............ 690

The East Bay, the Inland Peninsula & the South Bay ............ 699

Oakland ............ 701

Berkeley ............ 704

Downtown San Jose ............ 720

Point Reyes to Fort Bragg ............ 731

Redwood Country ............ 749

The Gold Country ............ 762

Sacramento ............ 764

Redwood NP Northern Areas ............ 834

Redwood NP Southern Areas ............ 836

Lassen Volcanic National Park ............ 859

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400007295
Publisher:
Fodor's
Subject:
United States - West - Pacific (General)
Manufactured:
Fodor's
Editor:
Eisenberg, Paul
Editor:
Nalepa, Mike
Editor:
Wang, Amy
Author:
Fodor's
Subject:
United States - Pacific - California
Subject:
California
Subject:
United States / West / Pacific (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Travel Guide
Publication Date:
20081118
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
FULL COLOR THROUGHOUT
Pages:
896
Dimensions:
7.9 x 5.2 x 1.7 in 2.4 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Updated annually, "Fodor's California" provides the most accurate and up-to-date information available in a guidebook. This edition offers choices for every traveler, from hiking through a redwood forest and catching the perfect wave to spinning in Disneyland's teacups and shopping at trendy boutiques.
"Synopsis" by , Fodor's updated guide to California offers choices for every traveler, from hiking through a redwood forest and catching the perfect wave to spinning in Disneyland's teacups and shopping at trendy boutiques.
"Synopsis" by , California is one of Americas most popular vacation destinations, and for good reason the state is so diverse that it draws every type of traveler, from shopaholics and spa junkies to mountain bikers and surfers. Whether you plan to tour wineries in Sonoma County, hike the Southern Sierra, or max out your credit cards on Rodeo Drive, Fodors California 2010 is there every step of the way, with savvy recommendations and helpful tips. Now in full color, it covers the state with both substance and style. Features include:

•More than 300 color photographs and easy-to-read color maps that illustrate the beauty of California and help you choose what to see

•Evocative, photo-filled features on quintessential California experiences, including road-tripping on the Pacific Coast Highway, touring the Wine Country, and experiencing the real Hollywood

•In-depth coverage of Californias eight national parks, from Joshua Tree to Redwood

•Up-to-date restaurant reviews for every part of the state, and extensive coverage of the dining scene in Californias cities

•Orientation maps and planning pages at the beginning of each chapter to help you get your bearings, pick your destinations, and plan your trips

Fodors. For Choice Travel Experiences.

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