Backroads & Byways of Northern California (Countryman Press, 2012) is the kind of guidebook you buy as a gift for someone traveling to Northern California, and then end up keeping for yourself. With a slew of full color pictures to showcase the allure of the landscape, this guidebook dispenses more than just information.
Each chapter is a themed itinerary: hunting for Bigfoot, searching for ghosts in the High Sierra, having educational experiences in Napa County, taking the kids along Highway 1. Chapters detail what you’ll spot along the way, as well as recommendations for locally owned small businesses to lay your head, or escort you on a wild adventure.
Here’s the official Amazon blurb:
Covering not just Wine Country, Backroads & Byways of Northern California takes you places the other guides don’t know about. From her base in San Francisco, Michele Bigley has the inside knowledge of a local and the keen eye of a seasoned travel writer; she shows you the best spots and the best, most interesting routes to reach them. Each chapter’s itinerary is a new adventure. Take to the road and explore the other Northern California, with its rugged beauty, small-town ambience, and, of course, all that wine.
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