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Frommer's California Day by Day (Frommer′s Day by Day – Full Size) Paperback – 6 May 2011
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Map your adventure Plan a trip that suits your interests. Follow ourrecommended itineraries or mix & match to createyour own. Explore a region in depth or hit the highlights. With Frommer′s Day by Day guides, the choice is yours. 129 self–guided tours with maps that show how to get from place to place Hundreds of photos,plus engaging insights on history and culture Detailed reviews of hotels,restaurants, shopping, and nightlife Full–sized foldout mapof California in a handy plastic envelope 95 maps and 129 ways to see the sights
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The big `feature' of the Day-By-Day guides is the itineraries - they aim to look at a specific region in a larger area (e.g. San Diego, or Wine Country), and then provide an itinerary for different ranges of days, allowing the reader to experience `the best of' that area that is available for their time span. Thus, you get "The Best of San Diego" in one day, two day, three day etc. variants. Each itinerary is unique, though, as mentioned in other reviews, they overlap - so the three day itinerary may contain items which are already present in the one and two day versions.
Each area is covered in a startling amount of depth, with descriptions and discussions of attractions, both cultural and natural, as well as reviews of the best places to dine, and the best places to eat out. All seem to be articulate, intelligent pieces of analysis from writers who clearly know the area, and are enthused to be sharing their information with you. The maps for each large metro area are also nice, as is the fantastic fold-out map included on the inside back cover.
My one real complaint, as with other day-by-day guides, is the sheer size of the book. It doesn't fit handily in a pocket, and it's a bit heavy and wide to keep carrying around in your hand, though it's probably perfect for the sort of car-centric tourism encouraged in California! Still, if you're planning on walking through San Francisco, I'd advise using this book to plan in the hotel beforehand, or having it stowed in a backpack for the occasional referral.
Overall, this is a great, in-depth guide to the region, and heartily recommended (just get someone else to carry it!).
The sections are colour codes, and there are heaps of maps. photos, things to do and see ... all in all a perfect way to prepare. I also like the fact that there is a proper fold up map in the back, and it is a useful must have to use alongside a sat nav.
I particularly like the section on the Wine Trails, the national parks, and the food section.
Having toured quite a bit in California (visiting many of the places mentioned in the guide I think the descriptions are pretty accurate, and would have confidence in selecting new places from the book to visit.
Each chapter ends with a section called Fast Facts ... really useful stuff about Doctors, Dentists, Taxis, Getting about etc, etc ...
All in all this is a well laid out, accessible book with plenty to interest and inform the reader.
Perhaps a little heavy to take with you ... I will be dipping in, jotting down stuff I want to see or do in my note book and will take that with me ...
I see it is not yet available as an ebook ... this would be perfect on my iPad.
The guide is well laid out with many good pictures, detailed maps and a large foldout map tucked safely in a sealable plastic wallet in the rear cover.
Restaurants and theatres / museums listed in the guide usually have web links as well as telephone numbers.
I liked some of the more unique features in the guide, including "auto obsession" which shines a spotlight on Californias love affair with the car (the state is made for long drives) and a short feature on the music of California (its not just about The Eagles!).
I recommend this guide, and wish I'd had it on my trip to the state last year, especially as I had no mobile internet whilst abroad, and would have found a lot more about areas to visit.
Once I opened the book, I couldn't put it down; I found myself smiling and each page made me want to pack my bags. There are bright color photos on every page and many helpful maps. If you'd like to tiptoe in the tide pools of Malibu, watch thousands of elephant seals sunbathe on a light house beach, shop like a celebrity in Beverly Hills, or see all 21 missions from San Diego to Sonoma, this is the book for you.
I don't think I could ever tire of reading it or absorb all the information, tips, and historical tidbits. The book is reasonably priced and highly recommended.
The fold out map is a very useful backup, in case my TomTom or phone GPS fails.
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Los Angeles has art & architecture - it isn't all red carpet and botox(!)
The form-factor is perfect for carrying around with you.
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