ISBN-13: ‎979-8447851026

Chapter One: Geology and Prehistory
Chapter Two: Bodies of Water
Chapter Three: Plants and Animals
Chapter Four: Deserts
Chapter Five: California Officials
Chapter Six: Star Gazing Chapter Seven: Native Americans
Chapter Eight: The Spanish and Mexican Periods
Chapter Nine: The Gold Rush
Chapter Ten: The Civil War
Chapter Eleven: Settlers from Around the World
Chapter Twelve: World War One and the Early Twentieth Century
Chapter Thirteen: WWII
Chapter Fourteen: The Cold War and the Postwar Boom
Chapter Fifteen: From the Counter Culture to Silicon Valley and Beyond
Chapter Sixteen Science and Energy
Chapter Seventeen: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Chapter Eighteen: Let’s Go to the Movies
Chapter Nineteen: Amusement Parks
Chapter Twenty: Sports
Chapter Twenty-One: Parks
Chapter Twenty-Two: Oddball Attractions
Chapter Twenty-Three: Art
Chapter Twenty-Four: Music

Description:This is so much more than just an average travel book that only covers the major tourist attractions. This book is designed to help you slow down and enjoy the rich diversity of California. There are many interesting places to see and things to do in the vast state that are not listed in conventional travel guides. There are many off the beaten path and unconventional places that are still well worth visiting. To make it fun, I have arranged the attractions by themes. I call them travel quests. Think of them as “bucket lists” for travelers. Instead of trying to see all of California in one big gulp, the state’s many fascinating sites have been broken up into a series of travel goals along a similar theme. You may complete these quests on multiple trips at your leisure or combine items from different quests. Each section of the book has a travel quest to complete based upon a particular theme like nature, history, entertainment, or cultural sites. The chapter then has goals for a representative sample of the items contained on that list. Some additional silly activities, such as wearing a costume, getting a goofy souvenir, or singing an appropriate song, have been included to keep it fun for children and others. The author's personal favorites for each category are also highlighted along with many great photos from his travels. The book is a treasure trove of insider travel tips from a long term resident of the state who has traveled the length and breadth of the state many times. It contains many fascinating historical and geographical facts that put the places and activities in context. It is very educational and fun for the whole family. It can also save you a lot of time and money by telling you what is worth seeing and what is not. It tells you how to avoid the crowds and wasting time traveling and waiting in lines. This is the full-color edition. The stunning photographs show what a marvelous place California is to see.

Review: Thinking of fun things to do with your family?? I Love this book !! We’re gonna have some adventures this summer. Marta Atayde

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