The premise of all the 36 hours books is, perhaps it goes without saying, they are aimed at Friday – Sunday trips across, in this instance, 38 pacific coast regions across the US and Canada.
In short it’s a great and inspirational ‘snapshot’ travel book.
I have listed all the regions below
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
DEATH VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
MAMMOTH LAKES, CALIFORNIA
BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA
SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA
SILICON VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
THE MISSION, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA
THE OREGON COAST
NORTHWEST SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS, WASHINGTON
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
THE OKANAGAN VALLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Every 36 hours trip has a numbered itinerary that you could realistically follow over the course of 36 hours.
Every place also has a brief info box with ‘the basics’ with brief info on transport for that location and advice on if you should rent a car to follow the itinerary. It also recommends reliable hotels and lodgings – I must admit I find ‘the basics’ section not especially useful for my purposes as I am generally planning a longer trip and so will do more research on the area as a whole, for example LA you will notice is split into three sections covering very specific neighbourhoods – the images and information for certain spots it great, but I am incorporating all this into a much larger itinerary.
And that’s just it for me with this book, what I like about it is the genuinely inspiring images and insider information, it feels like it’s written by locals and clued up individuals, and the writing style is very engaging.
Having done a lot of online research of LA it’s good to see that my research of places we would like match up with some of the snapshot suggestions in the book.
If you are looking for a straight laced guide book, this won’t be for you. But if looking for general inspiration or if you just want to read a little about potential day trips on the west coast (as we did with no holiday booked), then this is a very nice read indeed. We will certainly be buying others from this series.
on 15 September 2014
I purchased this as a gift for a friend, so I cannot comment specifically, but the book seems interesting, thorough and readable, and she was excited to use it on her trip, so I think it was a good buy. It's a nice size for a travel guidebook and was packaged appropriately.