The New York Times 36 Hours: USA & Canada, West Coast (36 Hours (Taschen)) (Weekends on the Road) Flexibound – 25 Jan 2013
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Barbara Ireland, a writer and editor based in western New York State, is a former deputy travel editor and deputy Op-Ed page editor at "The New York Times." While on the "Times" staff, she commissioned and edited many "36 Hours" columns and wrote a few herself. She is a graduate of Cornell University and was a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University.
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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.Read more ›
I imagine the book will have to be re-released every year or so, like any other guide, to be on top of the game. It makes a lovely addition to your coffee table book and is INDEED full of relevant and useful information (complied straight form the New York Times website) for those who are planning the West Coast road trip (and beyond!). It can be also a leisurely read if you need travel inspiration. Of course, this guide is no way comprehensive and if you are looking for quirky places and unknown and hidden from the general tour mass spots, this won't be your ideal guide. I think not even a separate standing guide-book with 200+ pages devoted to one city could cover everything worth seeing and visiting, and as the cities are living and breathing organisms, they constantly evolve, new places appear while old ones close down, and sometimes you find yourself in an amazing church/spot/location/bar/restaurant/attraction of the city by pure chance, lucky enough to get to one or another pop-up attraction that won't be there in a couple of months. I don't think it is fair to blame this book for lack of description of such IT places.
Anyway, I enjoy and cherish my "36 hours" books, they are great travelling companions (subject to yearly updates!). And yes, these books will make great Christmas (or birthday, or any other) gifts!