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California Missions Laminated Map
Code: 1-56413-601-9
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Laminated map/guide to all 21 of California's Spanish missions from San Diego to Sonoma. Includes a history of each mission and its unique features, along with great color photos and detailed mapping.

AAA Gold Country Map
Code: 1-57835-079-4
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This map combines detailed county and area maps with descriptive text about points of interest, parks campgrounds and recreational activities.

AAA Motherlode Guide Map
Code: 1-56413-6175
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AAA Mother lode Guide Map

This map focuses on the 267-mile stretch of Highway 49 between Mariposa and Sierraville, including some side trips. Describes the towns, their history, points of interest and accommodations. This California Mother Lode Guide Map includes: Historical overview of the region 2 Dozen points of interest and side trips A nifty companion showcasing personalities of the time

Ansel Adam Wilderness
Code: 0-931532-27-2
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By GINNY CLARK This is a complete guide to the most beautiful areas in the Sierra for camping, fishing and hiking, colorful maps and trail descriptions. Some of the areas covered are Middle, North, and South forks of the San Joaquin River, Granite Creek, Ansel Adam Wilderness with Fish Creek and Mono Creek Country.

Backpacking California
Code: 0-89997-286-1
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By PAUL BLACKHURST This book is a compendium of the best California adventures, featuring sixty two trips, expert tips from practiced backpackers. Features California's diverse and scenic backcountry as seen on routes that vary in length, difficulty, and time.

Beautiful Spas & Hot Springs of CA
Code: 0-8118-1563-3
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Beautiful Spas & Hot Springs of California By STANLEY YOUNG
Practical travel guide and inspirational picture book that covers over twenty heavenly retreats.
144 pages Paperback

California Early History
Code: 1-56500-027-7
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By RANDY WOMACK This activity book gives children an overview of California's history and the contributions made by various ethnic groups.

California Historical Landmarks
Code: 0-941925-19-6
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The State of California has established 43 state historic parks and more than 1,000 historic landmarks, listed in this generous volume with a brief description of each one's location and historic significance.

California State Parks
Code: 0-89886-762-2
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By RHONDA OSTERTAG The impossibly huge redwoods of Humboldt State Park, the breezy Pacific shores of Point Lobos State Reserve, and the starkly beautiful mountains of Plumas-Eureka State Park are prime examples of California's natural diversity. This recreation guide will help you make the most of them!

California Traveler : Ghost Towns of CA
Code: 1-55838-124-4
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More than 40 California ghost towns highlight this interesting guidebook from Renaissance House Publishers.

California Traveler : Railroads of CA
Code: 1-55838-121-x
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By P.R. GRISWOLD This striking full-color guide explains dozens of operating railroads and museums within the state of California.

San Francisco By Steve Young
Code: 1-881096-78-5
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By STEVE YOUNG A comprehensive look at San Francisco's historic past and vibrant present, with introductory essay by well-known football player and media figure Steve Young.

Trout Fishing in California
Code: 0-934061-42-4
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By RON KOVACH A perfect addition to any angler's library. This guide to trout fishing locations in California's rivers and lakes has maps, regulations, a discussion of equipment, and more.

Code: 0-7627-3087-0
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What do you want to do this weekend?
I don't know...what do you want to do?

Sound familiar? This brilliant new series solves that problem by showing you exactly what to do, where to do it, and how to plan for it. These well organized guidebooks are for residents and visitors alike, and provide a year's worth of great short escapes for adventurers of every age, every budget, and every skill level. Organized by season and by difficulty level, each one contains over 60 photographs, more than 50 maps, and all the contact information necessary for the escape. From sport fishing to sailplain soaring and paragliding to prospecting - a great weekend escape is just a book away.

Code: 0-87961-217-7
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EXPLORING PACIFIC COAST TIDEPOOLS By VINSON BROWN This book for the curious explorer has been rewritten, brought up to date, nicely illustrated, with more color photos added to an already very popular guide. It covers common seashore plants and animals of the whole Pacific Coast.

Code: 1-55838-152-X
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CA TRAVELER: CA BEACHES - This handy traveler's guide covers the wide range of beaches along the California coast, from the wild north to the sunny south.

Code: 1-55838-135-X
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CA TRAVELER: CA GRASSROOTS TOURS By ERIC J. ADAMS - This guide takes travelers on one-day tours through all parts of the state. The selections in this book include scenic drives, beautiful beaches, spots of historic interest, and the eternal magnet of Hollywood.

Code: 0-9657686-4-3
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DAY TRIPS W/SPLASH CA By PANCHO DOLL - A day hiker's guide featuring secluded waterfalls and remote pools in creeks and rivers throughout California. Each sites comes with a photo and locator map, including GPS waypoints.

Code: 0-89886-466-6
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75 HIKES CA'S LASSEN & MT. SHASTA REGION By JOHN SOARES This guide offers both day hikes and extended backpacks in popular hiking destinations in the Northern California Cascades.

Code: 1-56413-582-9
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WINERY TOURS NORTHERN CA MAP. California has more than 500 wineries, most of which are open to the public. This map features Northern California's many fine wineries, with information on tasting and tours.

Code: 1-57835-003-4
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CENTRAL CA BAY AREA TO LAKE TAHOE MAP - This map includes San Francisco, Monterey Bay, Wine Country, Sacramento, Mother Lode, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, and Reno.

Code: 1-56691-487-6
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CA HIKING: COMPLETE GD By TOM STIENSTRA. California's two premier outdoor writers have unveiled the top 1,000 hikes in the state in this, the most comprehensive guide ever to the Golden State's trails

Code: 0-9664908-0-0
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DOG LOVER'S GD LAKE TAHOE By SUSIE DENISON 1998- This indispensable guide offers complete information on lodging, recreation, and services for you and your pouch in the Lake Tahoe and Truckee areas. Part of the proceeds from this book, benefit the Pet Network of Lake Tahoe.

Code: 0-9646737-7-0
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FUN & EDUCATIONAL PLACES WITH KIDS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA By SUSAN PETERSON 2003-6th Edition - A comphrehensive guide through Los Angeles, Orange County, Santa Barbara County, and then some! Have fun using this book to entertain, enjoy, and explore with your child. 1800 entries in 7 counties. *cover may not match new edition.

Code: 0-7627-3083-8
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52 GREAT WEEKEND ESCAPES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA By RAY BANGS 2004 - A weekend in Southern California will never be the same. Swim with sharks off Rancho Palos Verdes, star gaze at the Palomar & Griffth Observatories, cave in Boyden Cavern, spin the wheels at Drivetech Auto Racing School, and explore a kelp forest while wreck diving the Channel Islands.

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Escape the routine and recharge your soul with 52 Great Weekend Escapes in Southern California. Ideal for both residents and visitors, this well-organized guidebook provides a year’s worth of great short escapes for adventurers of every age, budget, and skill level. Organized by season and difficulty level, from relaxing to extreme, each thoroughly researched escape includes everything you need to know to get the most out of your experience. You’ll find directions and maps, the names of top-notch tour operators and outfitters, and detailed descriptions of each great escape—so you’ll always arrive at your destination prepared. And while each escape can be completed in one weekend, all are loaded with ways to stretch your stay. So whether you’re flying solo or have a family in tow, get off the couch, out the door, and into the great wide open with 52 Great Weekend Escapes in Southern California.

Spring: Bicycle past Lompoc’s flower fields or hang glide above the coast

Summer: Relax at Venice Beach or hang ten at surf school

Fall: Take a balloon ride over grape country or dive the Channel Islands

Winter: Snow camp at Mount San Jacinto or swim with the sharks

Code: 0-520-21271-1
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1500 CALIFORNIA PLACE NAMES By WILLIAM BRIGHT - California's place names trace the history of Indian, Spanish, and American settlement. This dictionary gives pronunciation, county of location, origin and meaning.

Sacramento Excursions into Its History and Natural World by William M Holden
Code: 0-9619561-0-B
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Sacramento Excursions into Its History and Natural World by William M Holden

Sacramento is one of California's most historic and interesting cities. This guidebook will tell you which of its historical and cultural attractions you should not miss. Illustrated with maps and photographs. Third Printing

Code: 9780899973982
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Best of California's Missions, Mansions, and Museums A Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Golden State's Historic and Cultural Treasures
By Ken & Dahlynn McKowen

This two-color traveler’s companion features more than 130 of California’s best missions, mansions, and museums. In addition to insider information on many of the destinations, the guide features themed tours that will appeal to tourists and armchair travelers alike, history buffs, as well as teachers and parents.

Explore a Russian fort, an island prison; the West’s version of Ellis Island; a U.S. Naval weapons development; presidential museums; quirky, human-powered vehicles; sailing ships and aircraft carriers; California’s gold mines; mansions built by some of the country’s richest entrepreneurs; the art of American, Asian, and European masters, and much more.

Each of eight sections covers a separate geographic region. Every entry details the highlights of a particular place and includes operating hours, entrance fees, location, a phone number, and website information. Themed tours range from famous Californians, to lighthouses, ghost towns, and much more. This guidebook is a must-have for anyone interested in California's eclectic history.

Authors Ken and Dahlynn McKowen have 40-plus years of writing, editing, marketing and publication experience with more than 2,000 articles, stories, and photographs in print. They are coauthors of Chicken Soup for the Fisherman’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur’s Soul, Highroad Guide to the California Coast, and others.

San Francisco GreatestHits Laminated Map
Code: 1564137058
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San Francisco GreatestHits Laminated Map

Laminated folding visitor's map of San Francisco from AAA. The best: attractions & tours, dining and nightlife and shopping. Includes: Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) map, San Francisco overview map, Downtown map and attractions, walking tours, dining and more. This is an ideal map for seeing all the important sights in metro San Francisco

Over California DVD
Code: 1-60077490-3
Price: $14.49
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Over California DVD
Take to the skies for an exhilarating journey Over California, previously seen as a PBS film. Soar above landscapes from deserts to vineyards and everything in between, including Los Angeles and the Golden Gate Bridge. Award-winning cinematography and dynamic sound uncovers a California you will want to experience time and again!

Product Features

* Previously aired as a PBS video
* More than a million copies sold in the series
* Shot with custom-mounted high-definition cameras
* Set to an original soundtrack
* A travel film, featuring rare views of the Golden Gate Bridge and L.A.!

System Requirements Standard definition DVD or Blu-ray player
Format: Color, DVD, NTSC, Widescreen
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Topics Entertainment
Run Time: 60 minutes

Finding Fault in California
Code: 0-87842-495-4
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Finding Fault in California by Susan Elizabeth Hough

California has plenty of faults—seismic faults that is. They shear the Golden State into ribbons and have largely crafted California's geologically diverse and dynamic landscape. With humor and ease, Finding Fault in California leads the earthquake curious to the state's most accessible, active, and earth-shaping faults and tells the stories behind the major temblors that have shaken the region.

The book begins with a discussion about what faults are and how to recognize them. The geologic tours follow, exploring the seismic hazards of the Los Angeles Basin, the San Francisco Bay Area, central California, the Mojave Desert, a neighborhood that is slowly being wrenched in two by the creeping Calaveras fault, and a now-landscaped surface rupture from the 1971 San Fernando quake in a McDonald's parking lot—giving new meaning to an order for burgers and shakes.

Photos, maps, and diagrams, most with precise GPS coordinates illustrate the conversational text. Entertaining sidebars highlight the often ingenious methods of modern fault-finding researchers.

Pages 368 Paperback Size: 6x9.

Pacific Coast Bird Finder: A Pocket Guide to Some Frequently Seen Birds
Code: 0-912550-04
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Pacific Coast Bird Finder: A Pocket Guide to some frequently seen birds by Roger J. Lederer, Ph.D, illustrated by Jacquelyn S. Giuffre. An introduction to common species of California, Oregon, and Washington, and how they live, organized by the habitats where the birds are most likely to be seen. Illustrated with line drawings.

size: 4" x 6"
60 pages - illustrated

Pacific Coast Mammals: A Guide to Mammals of the Pacific Coast States
Code: 0-912550-16-3
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Pacific Coast Mammals: A Guide to Mammals of the Pacific Coast States, Their Tracks, Skulls, and Other Signs by Ron Russo, illustrated by Pam Olhausen. Guide to identifying mammals of the Pacific Coast states, whether you've seen the animal itself, or come across tracks, droppings, or other clues it has left behind. Includes tracks and prints, skulls, dental formulas (useful if you find a jawbone or skull) a chart of animal silhouettes, scat (droppings), and a key to other signs, such as chew marks, burrows and dens. Illustrated with detailed line drawings. Includes range maps and a bibliography. Covers California, Oregon, and Washington state.

Pacific Coast Fish: A Guide to Marine Fish of the Pacific Coast of North America
Code: 0-912550-19-8
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Pacific Coast Fish: A Guide to Marine Fish of the Pacific Coast of North America by Ron Russo, illustrated by Ann Caudle. Compact guide to marine fish. Put it in your tackle box to identify what you catch, or read at home for information about the biology of fish, the marine food chain, and distribution of fish species. Detailed black-and-white illustrations of the fish, plus egg cases of sharks and skates, and shark teeth. Covers the waters off the Pacific Coast, from the Bering Straits to Cabo San Lucas (the southern tip of Baja California.)

Redwood Region Flower Finder, A Guide to Identifying Wildflowers of the Coastal Fog Belt of Californ
Code: 0-912550-25-2
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Redwood Region Flower Finder - A Guide to Identifying Wildflowers of the Coastal Fog Belt of California by Phoebe Watts - illustrated by Sarah Watts. Second edition. Dichotomous key identifies wildflowers that grow within the range of the Redwood tree, Sequoia sempervirens which grows in the coastal fog belt along the Pacific Coast from central California to southwest Oregon. Within that range includes flowers of the shady forest, forest edges, and open, sunny areas. Illustrated with line drawings that clearly show important features of plant structure for accurate identification. For this new edition scientific names and plant families updated to conform with The Jepson Manual

Who Pooped in the Park?
Code: 1-56037-327
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This edition of Who Pooped in the Park? follows Michael and Emily on a trip to California's Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. Michael tries to deal with his fear of bears as Mom and Dad teach him and his sister about the wildlife in the park—without ever getting close enough to be scared.

In their "close encounters of the poopy kind," the family learns about a variety of animals, and readers will become familiar with their tracks and the droppings they leave behind (scats). This Sequoia/Kings Canyon edition features:

Black Bears
Mountain Lions
Mule Deer
Brush Rabbits
Spotted Skunks
Spotted Bats
Great Horned Owls
and a special appearance by a ranger's horse

Along with the text and Rob Rath's delightful illustrations, the book includes a sampling of "Straight Poop" sidebars, giving kids extra trivia about the animals and their scats and tracks.

California Passport
Code: 9780962551536
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California Passport
This little book is famous! Offering a brief historical overview, handy facts about the Golden State, including the state plant, bird, animal, food, etc., and profiles of major communities and landmarks, R. J. Reiser's California Passport is a popular gift and souvenir. Visitors and residents alike will all want a copy of this mini-factbook. by RJ Reiser
ISBN: 9780962551536

Best Easy Day Hikes: Lake Tahoe
Code: 9781560448662
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Best Easy Day Hikes: Lake Tahoe
Author: Salcedo, Tracy
This guide includes concise descriptions and detailed maps of mostly short, easy-to-follow trails that lead to scenic destinations around the lake. It's nearly impossible to find a hiking trail in the Sierra that doesn't involve some climbing, but you'll find most of these hikes are not overly strenuous.
Synopsis: Lake Tahoe, one of California's premier resort areas, offers some of the best hiking. This guide features more than 20 short hikes that wilt lead you to the lakes, wilderness areas, and viewpoints that have made Tahoe a favorite summertime destination. Cover: Paperback
Copyright: 06/01/1999

Best Easy Day Hikes San Francisco
Code: 9781560449478
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Best Easy Day Hikes San Francisco

Hikes varying from half-hour strolls to full-day adventures, this guidebook is for everyone, including families.
Inside the Cover:
Twenty-three of the best short hikes in the Bay Area, from Point Reyes National Seashore to secluded canyons in the East Bay area.

Sacramento Impressions
Code: 9781560374640
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Sacramento Impressions
Author: Myers, Tom
ISBN: 9781560374640
Cover: Paperback
Copyright: 09/01/2007
Sacramento Impressions is a vivid portrayal by photographers Tom, Sally, and Jeff Myers of California's capital city, Sacramento, also known as the "City of Trees". Featuring an informative foreword by Sacramento's mayor, the Honorable Heather Fargo, as well as informative captions, this collection highlights the dynamic city in the heart of California. Longtime residents, the Myers capture Sacramento in all of its many moods: from the brilliantly-colored fireworks at the Capitol to the silhouetted fishermen quietly fishing along the American River Parkway from the stately, checkerboard fields of rice in the Sacramento Valley to the horse-drawn stagecoaches during Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento. The Myers' images capture the sights and colors of the vibrant place once known as New Helvetica: from the bright masts of catamarans at the Folsom Lake Regatta to gold autumn leaves blanketing William Land Park.

San Francisco Then and Now
Code: 9781592237302
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San Francisco Then and Now
Autor: Yenne, Bill
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
Publish Date: 09/01/07
There's no denying the charm of San Francisco, a city perched on rolling hills, where "little cable cars climb half-way to the stars." With dramatic vistas at every turn, the Pacific Ocean to the West and Bay to the East, its geography and cityscape is like no other place on Earth.
This unique book features a selection of dramatic photos taken before, during, and after the 1906 Earthquake and fire.
Filled with amazing then-and-now photographs of the City's notable attractions, including cable cars, the Ferry Building, Palace of Fine Arts, Transamerica Pyramid, and Mission Dolores, the oldest building in SF.
San Francisco's most beloved landmark gets the royal treatment. See the Golden Gate Bridge during construction in 1934, and how it looks today.
Conde Nast Traveler readers vote San Francisco as one of the world's most popular tourist destinations year after year. This new compact edition of our best-seller is sure to make a great gift or souvenir for everyone who's left their heart here....

Free San Francisco: The Ultimate Free Fun Guide to the Bay Area
Code: 9780970624246
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Free San Francisco: The Ultimate Free Fun Guide to the Bay Area

Author: Corley, Troy
ISBN: 9780970624246
Cover: Paperback
Copyright: 07/15/2007

This user friendly guide is essential to visiting the San Francisco Bay Area without spending big bucks. This hip pocket Guide details 400+ free fun things to do by the San Francisco Bay and beyond: free museums, gardens, festivals, films, theater, tours and more. Covers The City, Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, the Peninsula, Marin County and Wine Country. Every event includes the Thomas Guide Map coordinates. Tips on rapid transit, parking, and kid-friendly places.

Once Upon a Vine
Code: 978-0-9821467-0-5
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Once Upon a Vine - the Secret Stories of California's Artisan Wineries

A wine book about artisan winemakers offering a different, user-friendly way for anyone to enjoy vino. It is a wine business book, a book about wine. Its 24 artisan winemaker stories invite wine down off its pedestal to sit beside you for a good read. This vintage wine book about the artisan winery business uncorks true life stories that can both inspire the reader - and clarify the choices at the wine shop.

The story behind a winery is every wine's secret ingredient, the one people fall in love with and remember. It is the story that brings the wine to life, not its award count, or the idea it tastes like essence of fig. Every time you pour a glass of wine, you pour a bit of that wine's story too.

Not a wine tasting guide, not a wine tour book, not a wine education course, this wine story book offers a whole new way to open the cellar door for anyone with any interest in wine. Once Upon A Vine will delight both wine connoisseurs and the just curious. Once Upon a Vine - The Secret Stories of California's Artisan Wineries invites everyone who has ever savored a sip of wine to venture on a secret and magical tour behind the wine cellar door...
These are not just artisan wine stories, but life stories to treasure.

During nearly 20 years of traveling to grape vineyards in the California wine country, Judy C. Reynolds has interviewed hundreds of winemakers and vineyard owners. Here, 24 share their most intimate life sagas ...

So, pour yourself a glass of wine, and be inspired and wholeheartedly entertained by a unique journey through California wine country.

When you know a winery's secret story, you'll always remember the wine.
Paperback 175 Pages

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