What’s on my travel bookshelf? There’s probably more travel books than one woman should own, but I swear I read them all the time. Though, there’s some books that are definitely more thumbed-through than the others. Fun with the Family Northern California, by Karen Misurca, is the book I most use from my collection. It’s been a great investment, because of how often I travel in my home region of northern California. In fact, I just took it off the bookshelf to plan my upcoming Memorial Day weekend trip.
The book is very detailed, because it only covers northern California. It’s broken up into twelve regional chapters: from Redwood Country and Shasta Cascade, to the Central Coast and High Sierra South. The central coast is the one region of California that’s most hard to categorize. If you’re traveling as far south as Big Sur, then this book will help you plan your trip. If you’re traveling further south to Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara, then you’ll need to pick up the Fun With the Family Southern California edition.
You’ll find that pretty much every family-friendly attraction in northern California is reviewed in this book. The author also includes a few restaurant and lodging choices. I like that there’s also small sections devoted to specific topics in each region, such as the section “Underground Adventures” that lists the caverns in Gold Country. There’s also some “Top Ten” lists that highlight the more popular attractions in certain cities or regions.