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Moon California

Second Edition, February 2009
Pages: 650

Price: $21.95 USD
ISBN: 9781566916493

Writer and native Californian Liz Scott covers the best that the Golden State has to offer, from day hikes through awe-inspiring Yosemite Valley to rest and relaxation at the resorts of Palm Springs. Liz offers many unique trip strategies, such as PCH Road Trip and a Food & Wine tour. Including expert advice on wine tasting in Napa Valley, exploring the Big Sur coast, and finding Gold Country ghost towns, Moon California gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

What’s inside Moon California

Enjoy the very best of California with these itineraries:
    • The Best of California
    • A Golden State History
    • Surf, Sun, and Stars
    • Eat, Drink, California
    • Road Tripping the Pacific Coast
    • Playgrounds for your Inner Child
    • A Plethora of Parks
Explore what California has to offer.

Recommendations for the top sights, recreation, entertainment, hotels, and food in:

    • San Diego
    • San Francisco and the Bay Area including North Bay, East Bay, Silicon Valley, and Coastside
    • Wine Country including Napa Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma and Carneros
    • North Coast including Crescent City, Eureka, Redwood National and State Parks, The Lost Coast, Mendocino and Sonoma Coasts, and Mendocino Wine Region
    • Lake Tahoe and the Northern Sierra including Lake Tahoe, Mount Shasta, and Lassen Volcanic National Park
    • Sacramento and Gold Country including Northern and Southern Gold Country, and Central Valley
    • Yosemite including Yosemite National Park, Mono Lake, Mammoth Lakes, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
    • Central Coast including Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, Cambria and San Simeon, Paso Robles, and Santa Barbara
    • Los Angeles and Orange County including Disneyland, The L.A. and O.C. Coasts, and Catalina Island
    • The Deserts including Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Liz Hamill Scott was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. After getting her English degree at local institution Stanford University, she pursued her love of dining and travel throughout the golden state and beyond. Her exploits included everything from whitewater rafting on the Kaweah River to dining at the French Laundry. When a battle with chronic pain put an end to her rafting and camping trips, Liz discovered wine tasting and spa resorts. To this day, she’s not sure which style of vacation she likes better.

In 2008, she made the terrifying leap from overpaid high-tech employee to almost broke full-time freelance travel and food writer. Exploring the length and breadth of California to write Moon California gave Liz the chance to fall in love with her home state all over again. You can read about her adventures in national magazines and Bay Area newspapers.

Liz lives and writes, often chasing her cats away from her computer so she can get some work done, in San Jose.