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It is my pleasure to introduce to you the latest Moon Coastal California Guidebook! This sleek and compact beauty is crammed with the latest information about one of the world’s most popular coastlines and dotted with arresting color photographs of the region’s attractions, natural features, dining options, hotels, hiking trails, and more!

At an impressive 467 pages, this companion for the road speaks eloquently about the 854 miles between San Diego and Crescent City. It is impressively fluent when describing the latest developments in locales including Humboldt County, downtown Los Angeles, the Monterey Peninsula, and Big Sur. This fine guide perfectly fits on bookshelves and in glove compartments!

Click here to buy Moon Coastal California online!

The third edition of my most popular book - California Road Trip - is perfect for anyone who wants to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime road trip around the iconic sights of the American West.

Major points of interest in this 480-page guide include San Francisco, Yosemite, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Los Angeles, and the Pacific Coast Highway from Los Angeles to San Francisco, and unexpected attractions along the way including the Area 51 Travel Center and Watts Towers.

In this outing, I am most excited about my finds in in the Yosemite area and in a resurgent downtown Los Angeles. With so many new venues in L.A. covered in this edition, the image of the city’s Griffith Observatory on the book’s cover is ideal.

Also, stay tuned for new editions of Moon Coastal California and Moon Monterey & Carmel in the near future!

In the meantime, pick up a copy of the new Moon California Road Trip at your favorite bookstore or click the book image for information on how to purchase the book online.

stuart thornton travel guide book author and writer of Moon California Road Trip gold medal winner 2016 independent publisher book awards ippyI am proud and pleased to announce that Moon California Road Trip won the gold medal for best travel guidebook from the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards! It’s a true pleasure to know that California Road Trip has taken home a coveted IPPY Award! This is the world’s largest international and regional book awards competition, so I am humbled to be recognized by this fine organization.

moon travel guides monterey and carmel & by stuart thorntonJust recently we also unveiled Moon Monterey & Carmel! Having lived in Monterey County for almost 20 years, it is a real pleasure to write about this amazing stretch of California coastline. This 296-page guide covers the whole of the Monterey Peninsula along with the vibrant surf town of Santa Cruz, the 90 miles of Big Sur coast, the popular Hearst Castle, and the scenic fishing village of Morro Bay.

Expect coverage of the expected attractions including the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row along with some real inside information about places that even some longtime locals have not experienced. The latter includes directions to one of Monterey Bay’s only beached shipwrecks and information about spending a night with the monks of Big Sur’s New Camaldoli Hermitage. 

stuart thornton writer and author of moon travel handbooks and articles for national geographic education monterey county weekly and relix magazine california road tripI am really excited to also have my other travel guidebooks on bookshelves and available on websites including and other fine online retailers:
Moon California Road Trip
Moon Santa Barbara & The Central Coast
Moon Spotlight Mendocino & Redwood Country
Moon Spotlight Cambria & San Simeon

In addition, I contributed 13 write-ups about the Golden State’s piers and wharves to Piers of the California Coast, a soft cover coffee table book spearheaded by photographer and publisher Ed Grant. That book is available on websites including and other fine online retailers.

This site also includes some links to articles I have done for National Geographic Education, Relix Magazine, Paste Magazine, and the Monterey County Weekly. Take a gander and enjoy!

travel guidebook moon writer and author stuart thornton is on twitter @StuartThornton2Hey Tweeters! I'm also now on Twitter. Follow me if you like: @StuartThornton2

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stuart thornton writer and author of moon travel handbooks and articles for national geographic education monterey county weekly and relix magazine stuart thornton writer and author of moon travel handbooks and articles for national geographic education monterey county weekly and relix magazine