California best travel books and travel guides

California is one of the United States’ most diverse destinations. There is something for everyone and lots to choose from. These books are here to help you guide through the endless opportunities that the Golden State has to offer. You would be lost without one or two good Travel Guides.

These guides can help you get on your way with planning. We have listed several travel books and travel guides that can help you around. Our overview includes the standard big publications such as Lonely Planet as well as Frommer’s but also travel books for kids.

We are a big fan of Lonely Planet! We use Lonely Planet Travel Guides for basically every destination that we visit. This Lonely Planet California is completely updated for the new normal in 2021.

The book comes with full colour maps, highlights, itineraries and what we like the most about the entire Lonely Planet series: reviews for eating, drinking, hidden gems and going out. 

If the full California edition is a bit too much for you, Lonely Planet also offers a more condensed travel guide. This Lonely Planet Best of California has all the useful tips and tricks but also helps you choose what to do.

This book saves you lots of time researching where to go and what to do. The book is completely updated for 2021 and according to Lonely Planet itself, Lonely Planet’s Best of California is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Taste the wines of the Sonoma Valley, explore Alcatraz, and drive California’s iconic Highway 1; all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of California and begin your journey now!

Moon gives you the best weekend getaways, hand-picked by the authority on outdoor adventures: Outdoors writer Tom Stienstra reveals his favorite spots, collected over decades of hiking and camping throughout the Golden State. The book includes many recreation highlights.

With this book you can immerse yourself in nature with the top options for hiking, backpacking, fishing, biking, boating, and more. Tom shares his personal recommendations, insider tips, and memories of his adventures in the great outdoors. In the book you can find detailed driving directions, maps for each adventure, and full-color photos throughout.

The book includes in and around the Redwoods, Yosemite, Shasta, Tahoe, Lassen, Sacramento, the Wine Country, the Bay Area, and Monterey and Big Sur

Do you want a more unique experience? Let this book help you find the Golden State’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets. Although this book is a bit older, it will make your vacation in California unique and much more memorable. 

Fodor’s California is a travel guide for the Golden State. The book comes with a handy pull out map with top attractions that you can’t miss. Most importantly, the book has indispensable planning tools such as major attractions, top itineraries and dining recommendations. Fodor’s local writers vet every recommendation to ensure that you not only make the most of your time, but that you also have all the most up-to-date and essential information you need to plan the perfect trip.

By reading up on history of our travel destinations we can better understand the behaviour of those living in the places that we visit. Every place that we visit has its own unique history. California has a long and rich history. Although the state’s history is too extensive to cover in a single book, this book does a good job in summarizing all of the state’s history in an easy to read accessable book.

In all our overviews of travel guides, we include a travel book that is made for children. This San Francisco for Kids Travel Book is easy to use for children and will be really entertaining for kids making the life of parents much easier, even on longer trips. The book includes: 120 pages, 6×9, cream paper and a beautiful matte-finished cover. The book will help making the trip to California fun, easy and entertaining for you and the kids.

Over the years, more and more people started traveling and overtourism became a growing issue. Although the coronavirus pandemic has forced us to change our travel behavior for now, we believe that we will travel again and that the return of crowds is inevitable. This book helps you to Avoid Crowds and is your guide on what (not) to do when it’s busy. The book includes a special chapter on traveling during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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