This is a nicely photographed coffee table book that highlights some of the less well-known parts of California as well as the more famous and iconic spots in the state. I bought the book as a transplanted Californian who wants to remember the place as it was "back in the time". The nicely produced volume does do that visually. It's less substantive in its text.
What I especially liked about "The Most Beautiful...." were the sections on towns in the north of the state, where things really haven't changed as radically as they have in the south. One of the few entries for the far south, San Juan Capistrano, was really little more than a photo layout of the old mission in that town. There's truly not much else to present although it's a pleasant enough suburb.
If you've traveled down Route 1, done the Wine Country or toured the Gold Country, you would certainly enjoy owning this book as a momento of your travels. Before such travels and looking for info about interesting stops, this isn't going to be much help, other than a visual preview. I'm happy to have the book in any event.