California Backroads

This guide to California backroads drives, Backroads of the California Coast, is one of the most beautifully-written and best-photographed driving guides we’ve seen. It recommends 24 driving tours along the California coast, from the Redwood National Park on the border with Oregon down to a drive through the Torrey Pines State Reserve, north of La Jolla.

Front cover of Backroads of the California Coast, book review from Pacific Coast Highway Travel

"...one of the most beautifully-written and best-photographed driving guides we’ve seen."

There are scenic coast drives included, alongside some which take you inland, and for anyone wanting to make the most of driving the Pacific Coast Highway, we really do recommend this 256-page book. If you have time to explore, this will introduce some of the most scenic areas of the coast, and provide a good, practical guide as well as being a handsome souvenir to enjoy afterwards.

Beautifully-Written Backroads Guide

Each drive has anything from about 3-5 pages of text, and in addition there are boxes and spreads with short entertaining essays on different topics, such as the Avenue of the Giants, Carmel’s architecture, the Presidio of San Francisco, the sea lions of Point Lobos, and so on.

As an example of what we mean when we say the text is well-written, take this from the spread on the Redwood National Park: “Flourishing in drizzle and damp, these silent forests resemble a primordial world in which one expects to see pterodactyls flying by.” Or this from the description of a drive that takes in the Samoa Dunes Recreation Area: “Fluttering like pieces of torn white paper, flocks of egrets can often be seen flying above a grove of cypress trees they call home.” This is no churned-out guidebook, but a book that someone has worked hard to make both evocative and practical.

California Backroads: The Author

Karen Misuraca, from Sonoma, is the award-winning travel writer who wrote the fine text for this book. She has written many other travel guides, including The California Coast, and is the founder of the website www.bestgolfresortsoftheworld.com.

California Backroads: The Photographer

Almost all of the beautiful photographs - and they really are impressive - were taken by Gary Crabbe. Check out his website to see for yourself just how good a photographer he is. It didn’t surprise us to discover that he’s worked for the National Geographic Society, the New York Times, and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History amongst others.

Minor Faults

No book is perfect, and this would have been better with a little more practical information included. If you’re describing any drive you should definitely tell the reader how long the drive is, and give a rough estimate of how much time it is likely to take to do it. You need to know whether to allow two hours or two days! The driving directions are minimal, although probably just enough so that you don’t get lost. You will still need a good road map, to use alongside them.

Buying this California Backroads Guide
Backroads of the California Coast is published by the Voyageur Press. It is available worldwide on Amazon, where we suggest you use the 'Look Inside' feature so you can see for yourself just how beautiful and useful it is. 

Kindle Edition

USA Paperback

UK Paperback







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We've read lots of guides to the Pacific Coast, and easily the best one is the Moon Handbook. You can read our review here, or buy it through the Amazon link below.


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Our PCH Hotels Guide

PCH Travel's 2016 guide to Pacific Coast Highway hotels

To help you in choosing your Pacific Coast Highway hotel, guesthouse, inn, bed-and-breakfast, resort, motel or other accommodations, we've prepared our Pacific Coast Highway Hotels Guide. In it we do mini-reviews of accommodations along the Highway, from Seattle to San Diego, through Washington, Oregon, and California.

In all there are over 200 hotels listed, complete with 8 pages of color maps showing the towns where our recommended hotels can be found. There are both alphabetical and geographical indexes, helping you plan your journey.

We also include color photos of all the hotels that are our Personal Favorites. Here's the link to read more about our ebook guide to Pacific Coast Highway hotels.

KINDLE EDITION
The 2016 edition of our Hotels Guide is available with maps and color photos (if you have a color reader) in the US Kindle Store for only $4.99 and in the UK Kindle Store and other Kindle stores worldwide at prices based on the US price.

PAPERBACK EDITION
If you want a paperback edition of the 2016 guide  with only black and white photos and black-and-white maps, it costs $6.99 at the US Amazon Book Store and £4.99 in the UK Amazon Store.


We've also published our PCH Hotels Guide as an app in the Apple Store.
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