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THE BEST OF CALIFORNIA 7
1 The Best of Natural California. . . . . . .8
2 The Best Beaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
3 The Best Golf Courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
4 The Best California Travel
Experiences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
5 The Best of Small-Town
California . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
6 The Best Family Vacation
Experiences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
7 The Best Architectural
Landmarks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
8 The Best Museums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
9 The Best Luxury Hotels &
Resorts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
10 The Best Affordable Small
Hotels & Inns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
11 The Best Places to Stay
with the Kids. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
12 The Best Restaurants . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
13 The Best Culinary Experiences. . . . .19
14 The Best of the Performing
Arts & Special Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
2 CALIFORNIA IN DEPTH 22
1 California Today . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
A Tale of Two States . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
2 Looking Back at California . . . . . . . .24
3 California in Popular Culture:
Books, Film, TV & Music . . . . . . . . . . .27
4 Eating & Drinking in California. . . . .32
John Thoreen, the Wine Tutor,
on Tasting California Wines. . . . . . . . . 33
5 The Premier Grape Varieties of
the California Wine Country . . . . . . .34
3 PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO CALIFORNIA 35
1 Visitor Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35
2 Entry Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
3 When to Go. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39
4 Getting There & Getting
Around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
5 Money & Costs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48
6 Health & Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
7 Specialized Travel Resources . . . . . .50iv
CO N T E N T S F R O M M E R S C A L I F O R N I A 2 0 0 9
8 Sustainable Tourism/
Ecotourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
Its Easy Being Green . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
The Complete Travel Resource . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
9 Staying Connected. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
10 Tips on Accommodations . . . . . . . . .56
4 SUGGESTED ITINERARIES 57
1 Pacific Coast Highway in 1 Week
(San Francisco to Big Sur) . . . . . . . . .57
2 Lake Tahoe & Yosemite National
Park Adventure in 1 Week . . . . . . . . .60
3 A Food & Wine Lovers Movable
Feast in 1 Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
5 SAN FRANCISCO 65
1 Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
Money Saving Tourist Passes. . . . . . . .67
Neighborhoods in Brief . . . . . . . . . . . . .70
2 Getting Around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
Fast Facts: San Francisco . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
3 Where to Stay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77
4 Where to Dine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
Dine in the Sunshine at
Belden Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103
5 The Top Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
San Francisco Segway Tours . . . . . . .122
GoCar Tours of San Francisco . . . . . .123
6 Exploring the City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
7 Organized Tours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
8 Golden Gate National Recreation
Area & the Presidio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
9 Outdoor Pursuits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
10 Shopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Amazing Grazing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .137
11 San Francisco After Dark . . . . . . . . 139
Straight Fun at Gay Bars . . . . . . . . . . .148
6 THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA 150
1 Berkeley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
2 Oakland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
The USS Potomac: FDRs
Floating White House . . . . . . . . . . . . . .158
3 Sausalito . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
A Picnic Lunch, Sausalito Style . . . . .165
4 Angel Island & Tiburon . . . . . . . . . . 165
5 Muir Woods & Mount
Tamalpais . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
6 Half Moon Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
7 San Jose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
7 THE WINE COUNTRY 181
1 Napa Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Shipping Wine Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . .182
Hot-Air Ballooning over
the Valley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
2 Sonoma Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Find the New Youin Mud . . . . . . . 192
Gourmet Picnics, Sonoma Style . . . . 206
3 Northern Sonoma. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208v
F R O M M E R S C A L I F O R N I A 2 0 0 9 CO N T E N T S
8 THE NORTHERN COAST 217
1 Point Reyes National
Seashore. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
Stinson Beach: The Bay
Areas Best . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
Drakes Bay Oyster Farm . . . . . . . . . . 222
Point Reyes Mountain Biking . . . . . . .226
2 Along the Sonoma Coast . . . . . . . 226
Renting a Home at the Beach. . . . . 231
3 Mendocino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
4 Fort Bragg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
A Train Ride Through the
Redwoods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .242
5 The Avenue of the Giants . . . . . . . 244
6 Eureka & Environs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
7 Crescent City. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254
8 Redwood National &
State Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
9 THE FAR NORTH: LAKE TAHOE, MOUNT SHASTA &
LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK 261
1 Lake Tahoe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261
A Tale of Two Shores . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262
Lake Tahoes Best Cheap Thrills . . . .267
A Sailing Tour of Lake Tahoe . . . . . . .270
The Heavenly Flyer Zip-Line
Thrill Ride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271
Skiing Tahoe in Squaw
Valley Style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .280
2 Mount Shasta & the Cascades . . . 288
3 Lassen Volcanic National Park . . . 297
4 Lava Beds National
Monument . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303
10 THE HIGH SIERRA: YOSEMITE, MAMMOTH LAKES,
SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON 305
1 Yosemites Gateways . . . . . . . . . . . . 305
Burgers & Bullets: The Iron
Door Saloon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .308
White-Water Rafting Adventures. . . 311
2 Yosemite National Park. . . . . . . . . . 312
Southern Yosemite Mountain
Guides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .318
3 Mammoth Lakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327
Winter Driving in the Sierra . . . . . . . 330
4 Devils Postpile National
Monument . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 336
5 En Route to Sequoia &
Kings Canyon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337
6 Sequoia & Kings Canyon
National Parks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339
11 SACRAMENTO & THE GOLD COUNTRY 348
1 Sacramento . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 348
Where the Wild Things Are. . . . . . . . 351
Sacramentos Best Budget
Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356
2 The Gold Country . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 357
Pan for Gold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .373
3 The Central Valley & Sierra
National Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 374vi
CO N T E N T S F R O M M E R S C A L I F O R N I A 2 0 0 9
12 THE MONTEREY PENINSULA & THE BIG SUR COAST 379
1 Santa Cruz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 379
Seven Money-Saving Tips
for Santa Cruz Tourists . . . . . . . . . . . . .382
2 Monterey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 386
3 Pacific Grove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 397
Where the Wild Things Are . . . . . . . . .399
4 Pebble Beach & 17-Mile Drive . . . 402
5 Carmel-by-the-Sea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 405
6 Carmel Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 412
7 The Big Sur Coast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 413
Big Sur Lodging at Low Rates . . . . . 417
8 Pinnacles National
Monument . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 421
13 THE CENTRAL COAST 424
1 San Simeon: Hearst Castle. . . . . . . 424
Weekends at the Ranch. . . . . . . . . . .428
2 Morro Bay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 432
3 San Luis Obispo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 435
4 Pismo Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440
5 The Central Coast Wine Country:
Paso Robles & the Santa
Ynez Valley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 443
6 Santa Barbara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 455
The Ultimate Family Vacation,
Santa Barbara Style. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .461
7 The Ojai Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 465
8 En Route to Los Angeles:
Ventura . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 469
9 Channel Islands National Park . . . 471
14 LOS ANGELES 475
1 Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 475
Neighborhoods in Brief . . . . . . . . . . . 483
2 Getting Around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 494
Fast Facts: Los Angeles . . . . . . . . . . . . .496
3 Where to Stay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 497
4 Where to Dine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 515
L.A.s Best Sushi & Stir-Fried
Crickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 517
Sea Breezes & Sunsets: Ocean-View
Dining in Malibu. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .518
5 L.A.s Top Attractions. . . . . . . . . . . . . 537
6 Exploring the City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 546
Stargazing in L.A., Part 2:
The Less-Than-Lively Set . . . . . . . . . . .554
Free Culture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .559
7 TV Tapings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 564
8 Beaches. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 565
9 Outdoor Pursuits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 569
Topanga Canyon: Natures Solution
to L.A.s Noise Pollution . . . . . . . . . . . . .570
10 Spectator Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575
Polo, Anyone? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .576
11 Shops & Spas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 577
Urban Shopping Adventures . . . . . . .578
GR8 Finds in West L.A.s J-Town . . . . .582
A Mecca for High-End Vintage . . . . .583
Abbot Kinney Boulevard: L.A.s
Antithesis to Rodeo Drive . . . . . . . . . .584
12 Los Angeles After Dark . . . . . . . . . . 586
The Worlds Most Private
Public Theater. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .597vii
CO N T E N T S F R O M M E R S C A L I F O R N I A 2 0 0 9
15 SIDE TRIPS FROM LOS ANGELES 599
1 Long Beach & the
Queen Mary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 599
2 Santa Catalina Island . . . . . . . . . . . . 602
Catalinas Grand Casino . . . . . . . . . . .605
3 Big Bear Lake & Lake
Arrowhead. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 611
4 The Disneyland Resort . . . . . . . . . . 620
The Art of the (Package) Deal . . . . . .622
5 Knotts Berry Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 635
6 The South Coast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 640
Biplane, Air Combat & Warbird
Adventures: The Thrill
of a Lifetime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .645
16 THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DESERT 652
1 En Route to the Palm Springs
Resorts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 652
2 Get Your Kicks on Historic
Route 66. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 653
3 The Palm Springs Desert
Resorts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 658
Fairways & Five-Irons,
Desert-Style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .662
Heres the Rub: Two Bunch
Palms Desert Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .665
Sweet Desert Treat: The Coachella
Valley Date Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .666
The Old is New Again . . . . . . . . . . . . 669
4 Joshua Tree National Park . . . . . . . 677
5 Anza-Borrego Desert
State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 682
6 Mojave National Preserve . . . . . . . 686
7 Death Valley National Park. . . . . . . 690
17 SAN DIEGO & ENVIRONS 695
1 Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 695
Neighborhoods in Brief . . . . . . . . . . . 699
2 Getting Around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 700
Fast Facts: San Diego . . . . . . . . . . . . . .702
3 Where to Stay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 703
4 Where to Dine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 722
Eating on the Go: Baja
Fish Tacos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .729
5 The Three Major Animal Parks . . . 734
6 Beaches. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 739
7 Exploring the Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 741
8 Outdoor Pursuits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 749
9 Shopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 753
10 San Diego After Dark. . . . . . . . . . . . 755
11 North County Beach Towns . . . . . 759
12 Julian: Gold, Apple Pies &
a Slice of Small-Town
California . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 766
APPENDIX: FAST FACTS 769
Fast Facts: California . . . . . . . . . . . . . 769
INDEX 773L I S T O F M A P S
Suggested California Itineraries . . . 59
San Francisco at a Glance . . . . . . . . . 68
San Francisco Accommodations . . . 78
San Francisco Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Top San Francisco Sights . . . . . . . . . 118
The San Francisco Bay Area . . . . . . 151
Berkeley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Oakland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
The Wine Country . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Northern Sonoma Wineries . . . . . . 199
The Northern Coast . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Point Reyes National Seashore &
Bodega Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Redwood National &
State Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
Lake Tahoe & Environs . . . . . . . . . . . 263
Redding/Mount Shasta Area . . . . . 289
Lassen Volcanic National Park . . . . 299
Yosemite National Park . . . . . . . . . . 313
Mammoth Lakes Region . . . . . . . . . 329
Sequoia & Kings Canyon
National Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 341
Downtown Sacramento . . . . . . . . . . 349
The Gold Country . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 359
The Monterey Peninsula . . . . . . . . . 388
The Big Sur Coast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 415
The Central Coast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 425
Santa Barbara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 457
Southern California
at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 476
Santa Monica & the Beaches . . . . . 484
L.A.s Westside & Beverly Hills . . . . 487
Hollywood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 489
Downtown Los Angeles . . . . . . . . . . 490
Pasadena & Environs . . . . . . . . . . . . 493
Universal City & Burbank . . . . . . . . 561
L.A.s Beaches & Coastal
Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 566
Santa Catalina Island . . . . . . . . . . . . 603
Big Bear Lake & Lake
Arrowhead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 613
The South Coast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 641
Historic Route 66 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 654
The Palm Springs Desert
Resorts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 659
Joshua Tree National Park . . . . . . . 678
Mojave National Preserve . . . . . . . . 687
Death Valley National Park . . . . . . . 691
San Diego Area at a Glance . . . . . . 697
San Diego Accommodations &
Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 704
La Jolla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 717
San Diego Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . 736
Balboa Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 743

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