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The Rough Guide to California (Rough Guide Travel Guides) [Paperback]

Mark Ellwood , Jeff Dickey , Paul Whitfield , Nick Edwards
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3 Mar 2008 Rough Guide Travel Guides
A comprehensive guidebook to California with full coverage of the state’s sights and attractions and detailed listings of accommodation ­– from budget to upscale - restaurants and nightlife. In-depth coverage of all the national and state parks and reserves, including Death Valley, Sequoia, Yosemite and Lassen, with detailed information on hiking, rafting, and other outdoor activities. A full-colour section introduces California, and three new full-colour inserts explore California food and drink, opportunities for outdoor pursuits and Californian music. From stuffing your face with tacos in San Diego to searching for Lemurians around Mt Shasta, this guide brings California to life. Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to California

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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 9 edition (3 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843539993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843539995
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource! 25 Feb 2009
By sankyu
I bought this guide as I am travelling to Califronia and wanted to plan as much of my trip in advance so I don't miss anything... Having read the reviews of the Lonely Planet guide I opted for this Rough Guide and I'm glad I did.

The information given covers the usual tourist traps and also off the ebaten track things to see. The maps are clear, and I expect I'll be using these rather than the road atlas!

The only thing I would like to see more of in this guide are pictures - the pictures are quite limited and not at all up to the Lonely Planet standard.

Overall, this is a great guide and I would recommend it to anyone travelling to California.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive, but... 9 Jun 2009
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This guidebook is extremely thorough, well researched and current. However, I found it hard to read in places as there is page after page of small print, unbroken by pictures, photos or maps. When you just want a quick check on something, you often have to plough through three solid pages of text about everything until you get to the simple answer to the simple fact you were looking up. There are a few glossy photos, but they are grouped together in sets of say, four pages, and miles away from the bits they illustrate.

Research wise, I can't fault it, but its heavy going and not easy to dip in and out of.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars missing key information 23 Feb 2006
I was really disappointed with this book, as I have had great experience with Rough Guide's to other places in the past.
There's a lot of general observation without the useful information you need as a traveller, eg. it'll tell you that california's a good place to surf but doesn't include any info on where to hire equipment, take lessons etc.
Cross-referencing between maps and restaurants is in places non-existent which is pretty annoying as well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good information and easy to read 13 July 2009
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I bought this in advance of a trip to California, and found it useful in preparing an itinerary. I found it easy to read, presented in a logical order and containing a lot of useful information for the visitor who wants to do something more than stay in LA visitng the well-known sights and trying to spot the rich and famous (yawn).

However, if you want to get around and see as much as possible, I would not just rely in one book - you could miss something and be disappointed. I used this in conjunction with Fodor, had a great time, want go back and recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars California 14 May 2010
By Jackie
As usual this rough guide is no rough guide.
Full of useful and interesting pieces of information
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nifty guide to state 14 Mar 2010
I'm a fan of the Lonely Planet series and this edition is up to the same high standard.

It's true there aren't many pictures compared to other guides (such as Eyewitness) and those which are there are grouped together instead of being spread throughout the book. Instead, it makes use of the space to offer a greater depth of information. For example, I'm planning to visit Monterey and the maps of the town were really helpful in choosing where to stay. Overall, very good value for a useful reference book.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
A very informative guide to Calafornia, Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. This book includes all of the attractions of these areas, useful travel information and accomodation reccomendations.
A must have if you are visiting the areas covered.
The only downside of the Rough Guide being the layout is not as structured as the Lonely Planet Guides. However, this book is devoted to the above areas, a Lonely Planet Guide does not exist specifically for these areas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rough guide to California. 19 Mar 2011
By Rainman
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Excellent book, tons of great info. I've pretty much had to double the time I planned to spend there thanks to this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars bug ridden book
the book contain little bugs so not happy
Published 1 month ago by m
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant price
I was very pleased with the book it was in good condition and arrived very quickly, I also brought it for a bargain price, I am looking forward to using it on our forthcoming... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Rough Guide as always
I love the rough guide to California, I hired a car and I was off. Great places were suggested to stop off on my road trip, good food, good bars. Loved it.
Published 17 months ago by Louise
4.0 out of 5 stars Rough Guide to California, Las Vegas & Grand Canyon
Although I have only glanced at the book and not read it in full, it appears to be just what I wanted for our trip to the west coast next year.
Published on 21 Nov 2011 by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Rough Guide to California
This is an extrememly helpful guide - I have made quite a few notes. The only drawback is that it contains so many warnings that it has made me more nervous about the trip.
Published on 17 Mar 2011 by Burncastle
3.0 out of 5 stars Good detailed travel guide but lacking pictures and colour!
Having read the review I was swayed to purchase this guide for my up and coming trip to the states, however Im a bit dissapointed as there really is a lack of pictures and colours... Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2011 by Jadeybabey
4.0 out of 5 stars rough guide to california
very informative. plenty of usefull information and also some great links to websites. i now have a good idea of what i want to do where to do it and when to try it.
Published on 5 Dec 2010 by Mrs. J. E. Swift
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