Ask Chris’s Tour Guide Book Binge: Southern California Out And About


On the heels of Southern California Eats, their series of colorful guides to L.A.’s vintage diners, drive-in’s and chives, John Eng and Adriene Biondo take us on a bright-eyed road trip to rediscover landmarks all over the golden state with Southern California Out And About. Like some lost Sunset magazine guidebook from the past, the couple exposes all the amazing California wonders we take for granted. The rolling sand dunes of Death Valley, the intergalactic landscape of Mono Lake, and the Giant Sequoias all get equal billing. Adding to the time-travel mystique are the strange juxtapositions of long-gone attractions like Movieland Wax Museum with newly restored buildings like the Salton Sea Yacht Club. The scenic vistas are mixed with glowing neon, portraits of small-town heroes and even a tiny Siamese lamb in a ghost town museum near Bishop. I heartily endorse this most eclectic tour of our most eclectic state.