Robert J. Perry
It’s summertime, and that means vacation time. A Northern California vacation can be as simple as a day hike, a trip to the coast, or a night out in San Francisco—or as involved as a weekend in Tahoe or a week in Yosemite. No matter your budget or schedule, these seven guides to activity and adventure in Northern California will keep you and your family busy until fall.
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: San Francisco Author Jane Huber draws upon years of exploring Bay Area trails in this compelling guide to the best hikes around—including 16 right here in the East Bay. By Jane Huber, $16.95.
Experience the California Coast: A Guide to Beaches and Parks in Northern California A comprehensive, full-color guide to more than 300 destinations sprinkled along the 400 magnificent miles of coastline between the Golden Gate and the Oregon border. California Coastal Commission, $24.95.
Moon Northern California Camping: The Complete Guide to Tent and RV Camping When it comes to camping, take it from San Francisco Chronicle outdoors columnist Tom Stienstra; this man knows his stuff. Stienstra’s latest volume of advice is a 700-page tome covering Northern California camping with unrivaled breadth and depth. By Tom Stienstra, $19.95.
Not for Tourists Guide to San Francisco 2007 This little black book is ideal for East Bay residents looking to discover San Francisco from the inside out. Take it with you on your next trip to the city to track down the hidden concrete slide in Twin Peaks (remember to bring cardboard) or to find parking in North Beach. Not for Tourists, $14.95.
Fun With the Family Northern California Written by a parent for parents, this book points the way to parks, restaurants, museums, festivals, and other family attractions that promise a good time and treasured memories. By Karen Misuraca, $13.95.
Insider’s Guide to Reno and Lake Tahoe Even for the experienced Tahoe traveler, this fifth-edition guide provides valuable information on topics ranging from hot-air ballooning and the Sierra Safari Zoo to nightlife, retirement, and ethnic cuisine. The Bay Area’s favorite escape just got better. By Jeanne Lauf Walpole, $18.95.
Top Trails Yosemite: Must-Do Hikes for Everyone Yosemite can be a zoo during the summer. To navigate its myriad trails and explore off the beaten path—or to identify the more crowded trails you just can’t miss—consult this guide to the park’s 45 best hikes. By Jeffrey P. Schaffer, $16.95.