By Mary Herczog
With of the nation’s greatest megalopolises — l. a. and the San Francisco Bay area—California has the most important, wealthiest, and such a lot urbanized inhabitants of any kingdom within the state. but it’s additionally an agricultural wonderland, a nature-lovers paradise, a wine-lover’s dream, an out of doors enthusiast’s perfect playground, and extra. in truth, there’s rather a lot to work out and do in California that you’ll most likely need to choose. With this advisor, you can’t lose. It offers the inside track on:
- Northern California, together with San Francisco, the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, Redwood kingdom, Yosemite nationwide Park, and more
- The valuable coast, together with the Monterey Peninsula and the impressive huge Sur Coast
- The Southland towns, together with L.A., San Juan Capistrano and Laguna seashore, ritzy Palm Springs, and San Diego
- Major points of interest like Hearst fortress, Disneyland, the San Diego Zoo, and Alcatraz
- Activities like mountaineering within the Yosemite Valley, cycling alongside the Monterey beach, cruising sundown street, taking within the surroundings at the Pacific Coast street, and more
- All varieties of eating recommendations, starting from foodie favorites just like the French Laundry in Yountville and Campanile, Patina, and windfall in L. A. to solid eating places for choosy eaters, and nice locations to take pleasure in a vegetarian meal or awesome Vietnamese, Italian, Mexican, or Thai specialties
- Can’t omit relatives locations in a variety of elements of the kingdom, together with Humboldt Redwood nation Park, the Santa Cruz seashore Boardwalk, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the California technological know-how heart, in L.A., and more
- All different types of lodgings, from new Treebones lodge in substantial Sur that homes you in a beautiful yurt, L. A.’s Chateau Marmont, with its artwork Deco and Beaux Arts castle-style major construction and person bungalows, the Grand View and 7 Gables motels in Monterey/Pacific Grove with their impressive ocean perspectives, Chateau du Sureau in Oakhurst for natural pampering and four-star eating, and more
Like each For Dummies commute consultant, California For Dummies, 4th variation includes:
- Down-to-earth trip-planning advice
- What you shouldn’t leave out — and what you could skip
- The top motels and eating places for each budget
- Handy Post-it Flags to mark your favourite pages
Complete with every kind of making plans advice plus real time-tested itineraries, this covers the must-see sights, indicates issues to determine or do this are off the crushed course, and solutions questions it's possible you'll no longer even imagine to invite, like the place to visit get down and wacky the best way genuine Californians do, the place to discover nice low-cost, presents, or even the place to discover the graves of a few of Hollywood’s greatest stars. With this advisor, you’ll quickly be making a song, "California, right here I come."
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See Chapter 14. ߜ The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a cartoon-character-free zone, may not have the glitz or polish of pristine Disneyland, but its manageable size, beachside location, and old-fashioned ambience hearken back to amusement parks such as New York’s Coney Island. Bay Area teens flock here in the summer along with vacationing families; we recall bringing the kids when they were still too short to qualify for the more daring rides. Be sure to buy a bag of saltwater taffy, because you can’t find that stuff just anywhere.
See Chapter 23. ߜ Best-looking museum: Listing the very wealthy and powerful Getty Museum this way is probably odd, but we know the truth: The collection is boring, but the setting, way up in the hills over West Los Angeles, with views out to the sea, and in a very modern urban space, is anything but. It’s worth it just to come here for a snack, and because it’s free (albeit with a $7 parking fee), not at all a risk. The newly reopened Getty Villa, with an emphasis on Roman and Greek antiquities, styled as a classical Roman villa and set on a Malibu cliffside, is a near-perfect combination of structure and collection.
In Vertigo, the suspense master uses San Francisco to dizzying effect (pun intended). A. Pennebaker’s first-rate rockumentary, chronicles the glorious three-day music festival that was actually a better realization of the Summer of Love dream than Woodstock ever hoped to be. The film wonderfully captures ’60s’ San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury vibe and the California sound, including groups such as the Mamas and the Papas (whose leader, the late John Phillips, was the brains behind the event), Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jimi Hendrix, Canned Heat, The Who, and others, including a stunning performance by Otis Redding.