Acclaimed travel writer & photographer Christopher P. Baker–the Lowell Thomas Award 2008 ‘Travel Journalist of the Year’–fills a gap in the travel market with his latest travel guidebook: PERFECT DAY CALIFORNIA: DAILY ITINERARIES FOR THE DISCERNING TRAVELER.

The lavishly illustrated guide will be published in October, 2021, by Reedy Press.


California is called the “Golden State” with good reason, and not simply because it was birthed by the ’49 Gold Rush. From sun-kissed, seaside San Diego and the desert oasis of Palm Springs in the south, to misty redwood forests and snow-capped volcanoes in the north, the state is blessed with shining superlatives. The cities are chockfull of world-class museums, fabulous architectural and historic sites, plus cosmopolitan restaurants and chic rooftop bars. You could spend a lifetime exploring and not discover it all.

But what if you only have 24 hours in any one place? California is blessed with so many amazing things to see and do, it’s hard to know what to start.

PERFECT DAY CALIFORNIA is your handy guide to honing in on the quintessential experiences.

In this fun, fact-filled guidebook, the author profiles ideal 24-hour itineraries for 29 cities and top destinations throughout California.

Whether it be a day in Palm Springs or the ideal morning, afternoon, and dining experience in Mendocino, Baker regales readers with his activity, experience, or venue or choice. Plus, for each destination he offers four super alternatives.

Watch polar bears frolic in the water behind a giant glass screen at San Diego Zoo. Experience the thrill of a VIP behind-the-scenes tour at Paramount Studios. Hear and see firsthand the enthralling inside scoop on space exploration at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Whether your activity of choice is marveling at contemporary art in the Getty Museum or wandering beneath the soaring Coast redwoods, steeping in a hot mud bath spa or panning for gold in the Sierra foothills, California has a perfect day for every taste and desire.

The following 29 destinations are featured, spanning the entirety of California, from San Diego in the south to Eureka and Redding in the far north:

San Diego
La Jolla
Laguna Beach
Long Beach
Los Angeles
Beverly Hills
Santa Monica
Palm Springs
Santa Barbara
San Luis Obispo
Santa Cruz
San Jose
San Francisco
East Bay (Oakland & Berkeley)
Santa Rosa
Lake Tahoe
Gold Country
Yosemite National Park

The perfect travel guide to accompany a road trip through California, or any other single-day or two-day visit to any destination throughout the state, be it for a convention, business trip, or even a wedding, PERFECT DAY CALIFORNIA makes it easy to plan your sightseeing.

Local author Christopher P. Baker is a California travel expert. His previous books about California include Back Roads California: 24 Leisurely Drives, Palm Springs & Desert Resorts, Top 10 California Wine Country, Trav’l Bug California, and Eyewitness California (lead author). He is also the update editor for National Geographic California and Top 10 San Francisco.


6×9 inches

192 pages

Price: US$24.00
ISBN: 978161063300

Tel: 314-833-6600

Tel: 760-327-9879
cpbaker (at)


Christopher P Baker


Christopher P. Baker, one of the world's most multi-talented and successful travel writers and photographers has been named by National Geographic as one of the world's foremost authorities on Cuba travel and culture. Winner of the Lowell Thomas Award 2008 as 'Travel Journalist of the Year,' he has authored more than 30 books, leads tours for National Geographic Expeditions, Edelwiss Bike Travel, and Jim Cline Photo Tours, among other companies, and is a Getty Images and National Geographic contributing photographer.