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|Title||:||Lonely Planet Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (Travel Guide)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Publisher||:||Lonely Planet Auflage 4 1 April 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||481 Pages|
|File Size||:||572 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Lonely Planet Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (Travel Guide) Reviews
We are having a family reunion in Sequoia Nat. Park, and Yosemite with different age groups. The book is very good with suggesting hikes for different levels of fitness, how long the hikes take and what one should bring. It is a very well rounded book giving information on lodging, eating, history, etc. I think one could get by on the maps in the book. If not, I'm assuming more detailed maps are available where we are going. After reading through the book, I'm SO excited to get out there. As far as I can tell, this is all you need to plan an excellent vacation in some awesome places.
After checking out a couple ofLonely Planet books on California from the library, and narrowing down where we wanted to go, I purchased this more specific book, anticipating lots of detailed descriptions and keen insights. Unfortunately, this book left a lot to be desired. It is organized in a confusing manner, and it's layout and content is more like a travel brochure one might pick up for free at an interstate travel rest stop. It does not give anywhere near an all-encompassing list and description of lodging or dining in or around the parks, nor does it give insider, expert tips on what to see and do and what to skip. I was looking for a guide that would really help me narrow down what highlights and trails I'd like to see in these Parks, but not enough information was provided by the author. As a mapmaker, I was really appalled at the poor quality, poorly laid out maps that were imbedded .... One should never make a map that straddle pages, especially when turning the layout 90 degrees could avoid it. It is really like a tourism advertisement , except that I paid $20 for it. I would not recommend this guide at all.
I don't often use guidebooks. Maybe my expectations were too high? This book was helpful but I absolutely could not have visited Yosemite with this book alone (which is what I would have expected from a guidebook). It's like it only had half the puzzle pieces we needed. Every time I was trying to figure something out (where is the hotel? what hikes are available in this area? how long are they and where do they start?), I had to use this book PLUS all of the literature/maps they gave us at the gate, to try to piece together the entire story. And it's not like I was going anywhere obscure or out of the way - we only had a day and a half there so we mostly stuck to the popular spots.Still, worth the money, because the info they give you at the gate is also not complete. So I still would have been lost without this book.It was nice to have during the Kings Canyon scenic byway, because it had an explanation of each stop along the way.
This review is for the Kindle 4th edition (Mar 2016).I would buy this guide. I have the 3rd edition for the Kindle as well, and I bought this guide. Here is why.First, to address some of the odd low-star reviews: this guide covers Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks in 256 pages. If you are looking for an in-depth guide featuring back country trails, campsites, and lodging options in the 10,000+ square miles that surround the parks, you would be well-advised to leverage the internet and invest in other guides that focus specifically on enjoying the wilderness protected by these parks. If however, you are looking for a succinct package to guide your week-long visit to the area, you could not be better served than by this edition.The 4th edition is largely a meta-revision of the 3rd; it is not a signifcant expansion in content. This should not surprise you, since the national parks themselves have not changed much since 2012. Nevertheless there is some novel content, such as the closing of Mariposa Grove in Yosemite for restoration until Spring 2017.The primary difference between the 4th and 3rd editions, in my opinion, is in organization and ease-of-use, especially for e-readers. Here are my favorite differences:- The Table of Contents. In the 3rd edition, most of the content was shoe-horned into "Play Your Trip" and "On the Road", which you could access by the Table of Contents but which then hyperlinked to the content itself. In the 4th edition, all subheadings have been included in the Table of Contents, which greatly improves access. Throw-away chapters like "Cover", "How to Use This Guide" (you read it), etc, have been repressed in the 4th ed TOC. As a result I find it much easier to locate the content I'm interested in, when I'm interested in it.- Trails. Hiking information has been given greater importance in the 4th ed. This makes sense to me, since these are large wilderness settings and "Sights" -- which make plenty of sense in guides of Rome and Paris -- make for pretty anemic sections in a national park. All hikes are nicely presented in a full-color map to quickly assess their location and length. You should not, mind you, rely on these maps while you're hiking. They are for deciding which trails you'd like to explore, how to plan for them, and how to get there. There is a decided focus on shorter day hikes, but some longer hikes are included.- Color. LP has thankfully abandoned its corporate bi-color blue-and-white scheme for a richer visual experience. Colors are tastefully used to structure the content in a reader-friendly manner.- Drives. I feel there is more emphasis given to scenic drives in the 4th edition. I find this logical; these parks are large and oftentimes automobiles are the only way to see everything you want to see in just a few short days. Also many visitors to the park can not enjoy even short day hikes.- Top experiences: have been winnowed down from 20 to 15. Sorry, 17.6-mile round trip hike to Lyell canyon. The new short-list should better help you plan visit.
We went on a trip to Yosemite last November at the last minute. Not ever being there myself I didn't know what it would entail. The book was somewhat helpful, but since we were only there for 2 days, it's not 100% needed. Yosemite (if only staying within the really popular areas) has a great Map to help you get around. There are buses that are great within the main area also. If you are wanting to see Half Dome, El Capitan and (I believe) Bridalveil Fall, these are all within the main park, close to parking lots, main roads, stores, Majestic Hotel, etc.I got the book since I live in Southern California and plan to go back to Yosemite and the Sequoias for more camping not just on the main road.If you are trying to decide about which areas to visit within each park, this book is great to help you narrow it down also.
Really each of these parks could have, should have, and do have their own dedicated guide book. What the LP guide does is give you the pieces to get you started. I have an Airbnb close to all three parks, so I use this in my guest room and guests always comment on how useful the book is. In particular I like the sections where it makes recommendations if you have 1 day or 3 days to spend.If you expect a comprehensive guide this is not it, but it will get you started in the right direction!