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Lonely Planet Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (Travel Guide) [Paperback]

Lonely Planet , Beth Kohn , Sara Benson
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Book Description

10 Feb 2012 Travel Guide

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Feel the mist of Yosemite's iconic waterfalls, attempt to climb to the pinnacle of the Half Dome, or see the massive ancient sequoias; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks Travel Guide:

  • Color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots and being safe and responsible
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, prices, transit tips, emergency information, park seasonality, and hiking trail junctions, viewpoints, landscapes, elevations, distances, difficulty levels, and durations
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, camping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, summer and winter activities, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Contextual insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including history, geology, wildlife, and conservation
  • Over 45 trail and park maps
  • Useful features - including Driving Tours, Travel with Children, and Day and Overnight Hikes
  • Coverage of Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Around Yosemite, Oakhurst, Eastern Sierra, Bishop, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, our most comprehensive guide to Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less traveled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's California guide for a comprehensive look at all the state has to offer, or Lonely Planet's Discover California, a photo-rich guide to the state's most popular attractions.
  • Looking to visit more than one national park in the USA? Check out Lonely Planet's Discover USA's Best National Parks, a photo-rich guide to the country's 27 most popular natural attractions.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Beth Kohn, and Sara Benson.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travelers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 3 edition (10 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741794064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741794069
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 12.8 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 Jan 2014
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Very good guide, looking forward to getting to California and spending time in the great outdoors in Yosemite in the summer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well laid out and covers it all! 26 April 2013
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Very handy reference when visiting these parks. Good info on the campsites and walks, although work double-checking things with the parks as things change according to the weather
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This guide for a present for a friend who is planning to go to Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon during his 2013 holidays. He was very pleased with this up-to-date guide ( as it was reprinted and updated in 2012) and it seemed very informative and useful. My only feedback for the future reprints would be adding a few more photographs and maybe concentrate on a bit wider area, so people who not planning to do all the walking can use it for other information as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a book of quality 7 Jan 2013
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A lovely book, swiftly delivered, Clear and easy to read with some amazing photos to inspire at the front.
More photos would be appreciated...The book is a good size for tucking into your hand luggage, if not a little heavy due to glossy pages
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  41 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good gateway guide to a spectacular area 26 Mar 2012
By Ursiform - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't been to Yosemite for a few years, which means it's been too long. There are many books that go into great detail on specific activities for Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon, so this guide should be seen as a starting point for planning a trip, with more detailed resources consulted for specifics once you have a general plan in mind. For example, the cover advertises "54 hikes". While the descriptions of these hikes are good enough to get you on the trails and through the hikes, if you want to hike in the area you can find far more detailed guides in book form or on line.

The guide is regional, which is helpful for those not familiar with the region. While Yosemite (which is more than the valley!) is a candidate for the most spectacular place on Earth, the spectacle doesn't end at the park's boundary. To the south, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, while officially two different parks, are adjacent and co-managed. Were there no Yosemite, they would be rightly thought of as one of the great natural wonders to visit. As is, they offer amazing scenery and wilderness with fewer tourists than Yosemite. They are surrounded by a national monument, also co-managed and wonderful. And the whole area is surrounded by a national forest. An amazing place!

While, in my opinion, too brief a guide to fully plan a trip to the area, the brevity of this guide makes it a good choice for making a rough plan, to be supplemented by other sources for more detail.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good regional guidebook 10 April 2012
By korova - Published on Amazon.com
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The 2012 edition of Lonely Planet's guide to Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks lives up to LP's usual high standards. The guide contains a good blend of practical advice, historical facts, travelers' stories, and inspiring photographs. It is the sort of guide that is useful both for trip planning and for taking along on the trip itself.

Those who are unfamiliar with Lonely Planet should know a few things before purchasing this book:
* LP targets independent travelers who have a high interest in outdoor activities, such as backpacking, hiking, and backwoods camping.
* Travelers who are focused on day trips to the region, prefer short and easy walks, or like car-camping probably won't find LP to be as useful as guidebooks that have a softer perspective.
* New editions of a guide usually are updates of previous versions and are not entirely rewritten from scratch.

If you're the sort of traveler who fits the LP profile, then, this is a fine guidebook. It was written by just two contributors, so there is a consistency of voice and perspective that is often missing from guidebooks with a larger number of authors. There is good coverage of three main topics: Yosemite proper (approximately 80 pages), the surrounding areas to the west, south, and east of the National Park (20 pages), and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (40 pages).

The only glaring omission is that the bane of many Sierra Nevada trekkers, poison oak, is described in words only. A drawing or photograph should have been included to help people who are new or inexperienced visitors to the Sierras identify and avoid poison oak, especially given the outdoors emphasis of the guide.

Bottom line: I have used LP guides for many years and have always found them to be very useful. This guide is excellent in just about every respect. Four stars.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant Yosemite Travel Guide To Supplement Your Other Planning Guides 30 Mar 2012
By Bill A. Belt - Published on Amazon.com
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We have traveled to Yosemite and Kings Canyon however have never really planned one of the trips by using a travel guide. After reviewing the Lonely Planet Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks guide, I think our minds have been changed and we will use a professional guide in the future. This guide we obtained is listed as the 3rd edition, February 2012.

As with other Lonely Planet travel guides this one is well written and contains loads of information. There are over 250 pages in the book. The overall map is located on pages 4 & 5 of the guide and is not removal. I would suggest you obtain a large map of the area to use during your planning and travels. The first few pages list "20 Top Experiences", many of which you will be able to see depending upon your travel season time.

Following that section is a "Need To Know" followed by an Itineraries section which we found to be very good and complete with several pages on hiking.

"Regions By A Glance" follows with each of the three sections contain a lot of useful information. In the back of the guide is the usual Lonely Plant "Survival Guide" which covers a large variety of very useful subjects.

I would suggest you supplement this guide with information you can obtain from the state of California as well as the National Park Service
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, Well-Written Guide 26 April 2012
By Karen Joan - Published on Amazon.com
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I hate travel guides that seem to have been written by a tourism board. My favorite guides are the Frommer's Irreverent guides because they sound like they were written by a friend who knows all the inside poop. So I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the LONELY PLANET GUIDE TO YOSEMITE, SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON was more in the spirit of the latter than the former.

I had the great pleasure of visiting Yosemite once when I was very young. Since then, every year, I contemplate going back for a Summer vacation. Hmm, if not Summer, then Fall. Yikes, Fall's no good. When do they shut down for Winter? That early? Well maybe next year... Then I think about where to stay, where to fly into, what to do once we've seen the buffalo, bears, and Old Faithful, and is that old lodge still standing? You get the idea.

Well, the LONELY PLANET GUIDE TO YOSEMITE, SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON helps to answer all of those questions and plenty more. I really like how it's broken into useful sections such as "Traveling with Children," "Traveling with Pets," and "If You Like..." which gives you suggestions of what to do if you like things like hiking, winter activities, and even extreme activities. One option under that last heading was "Canyoneering Boyden Cavern." Pretty sure that was not going to be my cup of tea, I was nevertheless intrigued and found myself on page 168 learning about canyoneering. Sadly, phrases like "rappel and wade in the chilly darkness for things that go bump in the night" seemed to describe it pretty well and sent me scrambling for more comfort-oriented sections.

Once you've homed in on the type of adventure you're interested in (I chose "traveling with children") then the LONELY PLANET GUIDE TO YOSEMITE, SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON helps you layout your itinerary. Now, I do have to say that I gagged when I saw the section labeled, "Keeping Kids Safe & Healthy Outdoors." Really? I found the section to be condescending to the extent that if I have kids, then I know to dress them, bring drinks and snacks, and to keep an eye on them (the first three items on the list.) Hells bells, people! Next you'll be telling me not to put them in the trunk! Grrrrrr.

Apart from that, I enjoyed reading the LONELY PLANET GUIDE TO YOSEMITE, SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON and planning a trip I am unlikely to take this year, as in previous years. But, I can easily recommend this guide to anyone planning a real trip to Yosemite and its environs.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 17 April 2013
By Sandra Batte - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book looking for really accurate maps and suggestions for drives through the park. I found the layout very confusing. They note milage between points but not overall milage or driving times for various loops. The free information on the NPS site was just as good. I was hoping for something more in-depth.
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