Hidden Highways of Northern California shows the way to adventure along lost highways, through small towns, and in wilderness areas. Nine journeys are detailed, from Route 1 along the coast to Highway 395 high in the Sierras. The history and character of Northern California are revealed on themed drives through the Gold Rush region and the Wine Country. A special urban drive through the neighborhoods of San Francisco is also featured. Presented in a multidimensional layout with illustrations, photos, maps, and sidebars, each chapter follows a single route, as the itinerary moves swiftly from point to point. Richard Harris and Ray Riegert spice up the narrative with articles on local lore, historical facts, and modern curiosity. They recommend distinctive hotels and restaurants and suggest side-trip excursions that veer off the beaten track to areas few travellers ever see. Readers can plan trips to coincide with unique events and festivals like the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, the Calaveras County Jumping Frog Jubilee, or the Mendocino County Woolgrowers' Barbecue and Sheep Dog Trials. Local and specific maps - trusted for accuracy and usefulness - are included.