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moon northern california road trips travel guidebook author writer stuart thorntonI am excited to announce the newest release of Moon Northern California Road Trips!

In Northern California, the natural world rules. Here, humanity’s imprints lessen and nature gets to show off. This is where coast redwoods dominate the skyline, and untainted rivers and streams crash into the mighty Pacific Ocean. It’s where Roosevelt elk, the largest species of elk, stroll the land, while the enormous California condor soars above.

The new edition of Moon Northern California Road Trips showcases the best places to experience the natural assets of the lesser populated end of the state while also recommending the region’s finest creature comforts from immersive spas to world-renowned wines to farm to table restaurants.

For this special Moon Travel Guide, I detail the coastal route through this part of California (Mendocino, Humboldt County, and more), while my co-author Kayla Anderson undertakes the inland mountainous route through iconic destinations including Lassen Volcanic National Park and Yosemite National Park. 

Click here to buy Moon Northern California Road Trips online!

It is my pleasure to introduce to you the latest Moon Monterey & Carmel!

What a cover image! Thankfully this book is as exciting on the inside as it is on the outside! It includes mentions of the newest hotspots on the Monterey Peninsula including the wildly popular Alta Bakery, the renovated Cooper-Molera Adobe, and the always fun Lynn’s Arcade, where you can sip the finest canned beers while playing classic pinball machines.

Since this is where I live, I go deep on my picks and include lesser-known but worthy sites.

Click here to buy Moon Monterey & Carmel 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. 

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 Moon travel guidebooks on bookshelves and available on websites including and other fine online retailers:

Moon Coastal California,
Moon California Road Trip

Moon Monterey & Carmel,
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.

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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!

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