- Flexibound: 660 pages
- Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (1 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140537067X
- ISBN-13: 978-1405370677
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.9 x 22.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: California Flexibound – 1 Jun 2012
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This book is divided into the following sections:
- Introducing California including History (50 pp)
- Los Angeles (136 pp)
- Southern California (100 pp)
- San Francisco and the Bay Area (138 pp)
- Northern California (86 pp)
- Travellers' needs and Survival Guide (114 pp)
- Index (Good, but in small print) (23 pp).
There is also the eastern (i.e. Nevada) side of Lake Tahoe, and a page on Las Vegas. It can be seen that there is good coverage of the whole state. There are street maps of LA and Frisco.
This is more illustrated than conventional guidebooks such as Lonely Planet. With those guidebooks, when you arrive at a major sight, you have to read or reread an essay of say five hundred words, and at the end may still be confused as to where exactly things are. DK's brilliant innovation is that instead they provide a labelled diagram, a bit like an aerial photograph, that orients you immediately and shows you where to go for the most interesting items.
Another innovation is the illustrated diagrams of sightseeing walks, which make it much easier to locate the places of interest, and much harder to get lost, than with other guidebooks.
It weighs about a kg, but is still recommended for taking with you on a trip to California.
However the restaurtant sections seems to major on the top class eating establishments that most people will know about. In the majority of areas there are some competitively priced good restaurants and help in finding these would be more useful.
Also on the bars section in major cities there could be a little more variation to help people find the best cocktail, beer bars etc.
However really good selections from the guide were Jacks Cannery in San Francisco and Kate's restaurant in Carmel amongst others.
I especially appreciated the recommendations on tourist sights in the two big cities of LA and San Francisco. It makes it really easy to plan your itinerary ahead of your visit. Hotel recommendations aren't so useful these days when the internet provides more comprehensive and up-to-date information.
On the downside, I'm planning to visit Monterey and the map here wasn't much use. It just shows Fisherman's Wharf and a few blocks inland from there. Since it's in watercolour it all looks very pretty but a street plan covering a wider area would have been much more practical use.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's more of a history book than a tour guide. Far too much historical information and not an easy read. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Zoe
What a fantastic book - excellent guide for the region. I would highly recommend this to anyone considering travelling to California.Published 10 months ago by SM
Provides a great overview; beware those who like more detail !Published 13 months ago by Peter J. Carroll
Found this guide very useful during our trip to California.Published 16 months ago by Richard Moore
Have us all the info we needed when traveling from San Francisco to Yosemite national park to Reno Nevada to Lake Tahoe and back to San Francisco and it's a nice handy size bookPublished 17 months ago by Lisa Maguire
lovely pictures, directions, etc. Have used their other travel books many times and have never been let down. highyl recommendedPublished 19 months ago by Cecilia Faber
While recently published, the guide is out dated.
The pictures are from 1990s which makes it difficult to understand if the places attractive these days. Read more
Good insight to California and travelling there, lots of good points of interest and places to see, also the photos are great and makes you feel you can't wait to be there.Published 21 months ago by J.Hawkes