California (Lonely Planet Country & Regional Guides) Paperback – 1 Apr 2009
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Although does not contain any 'fancy' graphic elements (no photos, pictures etc.) -- you'll find all of the information you need. This is a book for serious travellers -- thanks to the guide you'll find exciting (and peaceful!) places -- just the way you like the most. Excellent choice for both short escapades and long-term trips.
This guide is packed full of mistakes that make it incredibly frustrating to use, and that should have been spotted before publication. These include references to pages for maps that don't exist, whole sections that are repeated or simply finish mid-sentence and an index that's so simplistic it's next to useless. The book is also peppered with basic grammatical errors - the worst I spotted being a 'your' instead of 'you're' - which will make your inner pedant scream.
The advice given is rather basic, and at times it feels as though the contributor has simply lifted reams of information from the internet. This isn't so much an issue in the busier tourist areas, but it is if you've planned a stop somewhere smaller. Another problem is that the price guides are rather out of date, so it's not great for planning. Although you'd expect there to be some margin of error in prices listed in a 2009 book, some of the figures are so out that they must have been incorrect in the first place. In one place we visited the fee charged was $15 more than was listed in the book; a 75% increase!
On the whole I found this to be a sub-standard guide, and I'd advise looking for another book or planning your visit online. Fingers crossed the editors will iron out the mistakes in the next edition.
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My cousin and I spent 10 days in California last summer. We arrived in San Francisco for a few days and then drove Route 101 down to L.A. Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2012 by SPower
Super guide - fit for purpose - now all that is needed is the funds to get there and a wish list of must visit places.Published on 13 Jan. 2012 by Hazel
A well laid out book which certainly will help to plan a trip to California. Good overviews on where to go , what to see & where to stay.Published on 5 Nov. 2011 by Kay
Simply brilliant! If you are planning a road trip around California then this little book is a must. Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2010 by Kattie40
I learn a lot to manage in California, thanks to this books. Give me some advice to manage yourself.Published on 23 Sept. 2010 by Edu Alcaniz
this is a great guide book. it extremely comprehensive. being a seasoned california traveller i bought it mainly for the city street maps but ended up reading it nearly cover to... Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2010 by beckyb
Just back from a road trip in California and as always Lonely planet is a good support for hotels and restaurants recommandations although this edition is getting a bit old now... Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2010 by Celia