Moon Coastal California (Sixth Edition)
By Stuart Thornton
Whether you're headed on a SoCal road trip or exploring the seaside forests up north, plan the perfect trip to California's legendary coast with Moon Coastal California.
From foggy cliffs and towering redwoods, to warm sands and legendary surf, explore the best of the golden coast with Moon Coastal California. Inside you'll find:
Strategic itineraries for every budget and travel style, including adventurous getaways, family vacations, romantic weekends, and a two-week trip covering the whole coastHow to plan a Pacific Coast road trip, with detailed mileage, driving times, and side trips to timeless California hits like wine countryThe top beaches for surfing, wildlife viewing, solitude, scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, and moreUnique activities and can't-miss highlights: Catch a wave in a classic surf town, explore sea caves by kayak, or hike winding coastal trails, set up camp, and watch the sun set over the Pacific. Feast on local Dungeness crab, sample stouts at a coastal microbrewery, or find the best fish tacos this side of Baja. Spot wild elk, soaring condors, and migrating gray whales. Soak up Hollywood's glitz and glamour or the laid-back charms of Santa Barbara. Admire world-class galleries in San Francisco, or check out the thrill rides on the Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkFull-color photos and detailed maps throughoutExpert advice from California local Stuart Thornton on where to stay, where to eat, and how to get around by car, train, and public transportationHandy tips for international visitors, seniors, LGBTQ+ travelers, and travelers with disabilitiesBackground information on California's landscape, plants and animals, history, and cultureFull coverage of San Francisco and the Bay Area, the North Coast, Monterey Bay, Big Sur and the Central Coast, Santa Barbara and Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange County, and San DiegoWith Moon Coastal California's myriad activities, local insight, and expert know-how, you can plan your trip your way.
Stuart Thornton fell in love with California while working the Big Sur Ranger Station after college. At work, he provided visitors with all sorts of information about the region, from the best places to camp to the best meal in the area. On his days off, he took his own advice and regularly sought out the top spots for hiking, backpacking, surfing, and snorkeling along that striking coastal region.Stuart later moved to nearby Monterey to become a staff writer for the Monterey County Weekly, where he is still a contributor. He is the proud author of Moon Coastal California, Moon Santa Barbara & the Central Coast, and Moon California Road Trip. In addition, Stuart has contributed to National Geographic Education, and Relix Magazine.Stuart spends his time off searching for the next secluded beach, uncrowded wave, or mountaintop vista. Learn more about his adventures and projects by visiting stuartthornton.com.
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13 Dec 2018
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