California For Dummies

California For Dummies

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From Hollywood and Disneyland to San Francisco, Yosemite, and the Napa Valley, California offers an endless supply of vacation fun. From the L.A. nightlife to the natural wonders, from great restaurants to fun outdoor activities, this friendly guide covers it all: great itineraries for Northern California, Southern California, and the whole state; complete coverage of all the natural wonders; entire sections on Disneyland and Yosemite National Park; wacky events from sandcastle building contests to the Jumping Frog Jubilee. Like every "For Dummies" travel guide, "California For Dummies, Third Edition" includes: down-to-earth trip-planning advice; what you shouldn't miss and what you can skip; the best hotels and restaurants for every budget; and, handy Post-it flags to mark your favorite more

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  • Paperback | 574 pages
  • 140 x 214 x 36mm | 598.75g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 076457356X
  • 9780764573569

About Paula Tevis

Mary Herczog is a second--generation California native and is married to Paula Tevis's prom date. She writes for Frommer's and Wiley whenever she can, which is quite a bit (Frommer's New Orleans, Frommer's Las Vegas, Las Vegas For Dummies, Los Angeles For Dummies, and more!), and she is so happy she can do it in the California sunshine. The rest of the time, Mary works for the film industry, which is a very California thing to do. Paula Tevis, also a second--generation Californian, was born and raised in Santa Barbara, attended college in Los Angeles, and then moved to her favorite city, where she could cheer for the San Francisco Giants in peace. After an eclectic but blessedly brief career that included stints in the computer and nonprofit sectors, she and her California--bred husband produced a couple of lovely children, and Paula happily relinquished the 9--to--5 world for the 24/7 one that parenting brings. Upon regaining consciousness, she metamorphosed into a freelance writer, and over the years has contributed articles and essays to Parenting and Family Fun magazines, the San Francisco Chronicle,, Frommer's Las Vegas, and Frommer's New Orleans. She is the author of San Francisco For Dummies, the Berlitz Vancouver Pocketguide, and Frommer's San Francisco with Kids. Paula currently lives with her husband and their daughters in London, but reads the Chronicle online more

Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: Introducing California. Chapter 1: Discovering the Best of California. Chapter 2: Digging Deeper into California. Chapter 3: Deciding Where and When to Go. Chapter 4: Following an Itinerary: Five Great Trips. Part II: Planning Your Trip to California. Chapter 5: Managing Your Money. Chapter 6: Getting to California. Chapter 7: Getting around California. Chapter 8: Booking Your Accommodations. Chapter 9: Catering to Special Travel Needs. Chapter 10: Taking Care of the Remaining Details. Part III: Northern California: Redwoods, Wine, and Wonder. Chapter 11: San Francisco. Chapter 12: Napa and Sonoma Valleys: California's Premier Wine Country. Chapter 13: Mendocino. Chapter 14: Redwood Country. Chapter 15: Lake Tahoe. Chapter 16: Yosemite National Park. Part IV: The Central Coast. Chapter 17: Beach Blanket Babylon: Santa Cruz. Chapter 18: The Monterey Peninsula. Chapter 19: The Spectacular Big Sur Coast. Chapter 20: Hearst Castle and Cambria. Chapter 21: Central Coast Wine Country. Chapter 22: Santa Barbara and the Ojai Valley. Part V: The Southland Cities and the Desert. Chapter 23: Los Angeles. Chapter 24: The Happiest Place on Earth: The Disneyland Resort! Chapter 25: San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Beach. Chapter 26: Ring--a--Ding--Ding: Palm Springs. Chapter 27: San Diego. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 28: The Ten Wackiest Annual Events. Chapter 29: Top Ten Gifts for Cheapskates. Appendix: Quick Concierge. more

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