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California (Lonely Planet Country & Regional Guides) Paperback – 1 Apr 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 760 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 5th Revised edition edition (1 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741047390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741047394
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...Lonely Planet, the intrepid traveler's bible...' --Los Angeles Times, April 2005 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I have just returned from a road trip around California and found this book really helpful. It saved us a few times when we got lost and we used the maps of the towns, which were better than our road maps! Good for overall ideas of areas and places to visit. Cost are a bit out of date, but not too bad. Found some great places to eat from it. My only complaint is the lack of bus and metro routes in the large cities, other than that. Brilliant.
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I strongly recommend this guide -- it's fantastic.
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.
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I'm a huge fan of Lonely Planet guides in general, but after a three week trip to California in the company of this book I felt compelled to write my first ever Amazon review.

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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Brilliant. Was really useful on our trip to California. Saved me alot of hassle finding things I wanted to see. Dont go without it.
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I bought the 4th edition (2006) of this book, not as a travel companion, but to help me decide whether to take a trip to California. The hotel prices are more up to date now, and this is one factor which was important to me as one of my aims in reading this book was to assess the cost of a possible trip. I found the introductory sections on Environment, History and Culture really interesting, I think the thoroughness of the background information is one of the areas in which LP excel. I looked at the practicalities - food, transport, etc., and I read the sections on San Francisco and the National Parks. Despite finding the descriptions of the National Parks very tempting, the book has not yet persuaded me that California is the place for me. This might be an unusual result of reading a travel book, but it is precisely because LP present so much informative detail that I was able to come to this conclusion.
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An excellent guide for a wonderful part of the world! Gave some extremely useful tips and made out trip easy to plan, enjoyable and memorable! I don't think we missed a thing - really helped us get the most out of our time there!
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I am a big fan of the Lonely Planet guide books ever since the LP Australia Guide book kept me on the right track on a trip to OZ years ago. This California Guide is another winner. It Gives reliable info on traveling through the cities: San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco but also can lead you on a satisfying trip up the coast or into the mountains and national parks. California has it all from lovely beaches, to rolling green hills, vineyards and farmland, Barren deserts to snow covered peaks. In one 24 hour period we went from the Highest point in the United States (Mt. Whitney) to the lowest point (Death Valley) and the LP guide was with us all the way! If you are going to California take this guide with you and for some great California fiction about life In the High Sierra I recommend "Across the High Lonesome."
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Must say I was a little disappointed by this Lonely Planet book. Normally we use these for all our travel, but for California we have found better alternatives for our way of traveling that area (RV).
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