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The California coast : the most spectacular sights & destinations
Misuraca, Karen.
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Publication Information:
Stillwater, MN : Voyageur Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations : 29 cm.
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F868.P33 M57 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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This book explores the breathtakingly beautiful California coastline, from the rugged, mountainous northern shore fringed with majestic redwood forests to the inviting beaches of southern California. A treasured keepsake for residents and a perfect souvenir for visitors, The California Coast captures the look and local colour of this world-famous 1,200-mile strip of the Pacific Rim: its sounds and smells, its natural and human history, the world-famous cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles, the historic Spanish towns of Santa Barbara and Monterey, the wild Big Sur, and the quaint fishing villages of Mendocino and Eureka. In over one hundred colour photographs and ten essays, the book paints a rich visual, cultural, and historic portrait of the shore. The soul of the coast is revealed in the stories of unique Californians who embody the character of coastal towns and regions, from an oysterman on Tomales Bay to a Chinatown legend, a surfer dude at Malibu and the saviour of an ancient tree named Luna.

Author Notes

A book publicist and travel journalist specializing in the Golden State, Karen Misuraca is the author of several guidebooks on Northern California and San Francisco
Gary Crabbe is an internationally published, award-winning freelance photographer living in the Bay Area

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Library Journal Review

A veteran travel writer of guides to San Francisco and Northern California, with at least four titles in multiple editions, Misuraca has expanded her territory by heading south from the Redwoods down the coast to San Diego. In this colorful portrait of the West Coast, she describes the environment, towns and cities, and attractions that make this 1200-mile coastline an exciting place to explore. The ten essays, providing both current and historical perspectives, are accompanied by over 120 color photographs that are sure to stimulate any armchair traveler's imagination. This is not a traditional travel guide, as it does not provide detailed information on attractions; nor does it include listings of restaurants and places to stay as does, for instance, Don Neuwirth's The California Coast: A Traveler's Companion (LJ 4/15/98). It does, however, stand alone as an excellent introduction to the California coastline for students and visitors alike. Recommended for all libraries in California as well as for libraries that wish to supplement their basic travel collections on the Golden State.-John McCormick, New Hampshire State Lib., Concord (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Jean-Michel Cousteau
Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Chapter 1 North Coast Redwood Country: Crescent City to the Lost Coastp. 21
Chapter 2 The Sonoma-Mendocino Coast: Fort Bragg to Bodega Bayp. 39
Chapter 3 San Francisco and Marin County: Point Reyes to Ocean Beachp. 51
Chapter 4 California Beach Towns: Moss Beach to Capitolap. 73
Chapter 5 Old Monterey and Big Sur: Moss Landing to Jade Covep. 89
Chapter 6 The California Riviera: San Simeon to Santa Barbarap. 103
Chapter 7 Surfing Southern California: Malibu to Laguna Beachp. 121
Chapter 8 San Diego Sunshine: Oceanside to Coronadop. 139
Acknowledgmentsp. 156
Bibliographyp. 157
Indexp. 158
About the Author and Photographerp. 160