Pacific Coasting: A Guide to the Ultimate Road Trip, from Southern California to the Pacific Northwest

Artisan. May 2021. 224p. ISBN 9781579658717. $19.95. TRAV
Artist and designer Kroll has filled this travel guide to the Pacific Coast Highway with delightful watercolor illustrations of the beaches, flora and fauna, and quirky small towns awaiting the traveler. The “ultimate road trip” begins in San Diego and proceeds north to Seattle and Vancouver Island. Kroll’s emphasis is on experiencing the natural beauty of the coast. Her recommendations are weighted toward beaches, hiking trails, campgrounds, and forests rather than typical tourist attractions. The book is divided into four sections: Southern and Northern California, Oregon, and Washington, and includes driving times between towns and what to expect in terms of road conditions. Kroll sprinkles historical tidbits throughout and includes helpful tips such as packing lists for car, campground, and self; a road trip playlist; the best times of year to visit based on weather and what’s in bloom; tide pool etiquette; and a road trip scavenger hunt. She occasionally mentions restaurants and hotels but does not provide exhaustive lists; rather, the book is a relaxing read even for armchair travelers.
VERDICT Recommended for anyone thinking of an off-the-beaten-path visit to the West Coast.

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