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Backroads & Byways of Arizona: Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions (Backroads & Byways) Paperback – October 5, 2009

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About the Author

Author and public speaker Jackie Dishner writes from her home office overlooking the Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix, Arizona, where she rides her Trek up and down canal banks and bike paths. Dishner is a frequent contributor to Arizona Highway, HGTV.com, US Airways Magazine, and many other publications.
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Product Details

  • Series: Backroads & Byways
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Countryman Press; 1 edition (October 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881508152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881508154
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This series of book (based on my experience with Arizona and New Mexico) suffers greatly from serious organization problems. Though there are occasional nuggets of information in the text, mining them is like panning for diamonds in the Amazon - well nigh impossible.

The books are organized by chapters, each of which begin at the major city in the state (e.g. Albuquerque / Phoenix) and may represent a trip of less than 100 miles to 1000 miles. Some of the chapters are given names which are cute but meaningless in describing geographically where they go (e.g. The Turquoise Trail, Billy the Kid Territory, On the Road to Hot Salsa, Zane Grey's Rim Country). Worse, there is no map accompanying the chapter showing where the trip actually goes, nor does the map at the front of the book highlight the excursions. Worse still, many of the roads referenced in the chapter are not included on the map. To finish off the dysfunctional nature of these books, there is no index so there is no way to look up a specific location for information or even know if it is in the book at all.

In essence the only way to use the book is to start where the author says, go the routes suggested, and see the things advised. If you are interested in starting somewhere else and following your own route, good luck at finding the places you come across on your own in this book. If you want to have the author "sitting next to you" and directing you as outlined in the introduction, go for it. However if you enjoy exploring on your own and want a resource book to use when you come across someplace interesting, look elsewhere than for these books.

I would heartily recommend against buying them and will be glad to sell my own copies cheap.
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If you know your way around Arizona, this book would be OK. However, for a newbie, I am stunned by the absence of maps to direct readers to the various sites and sights. There is one small, un-detailed map at the beginning of the book...that's all. I finally had to use my Arizona State Road Map to even find where something was. The sub-title is "an easy to follow guide" is not true. It is not easy, it's terrible.
Nice photos though.
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I bought this book after reading favorable reviews from others. I'm disappointed for several reasons. It has no index. It contains no maps. In an era of mostly color in such guides, the entire book is in black and white. Based on my experience near my home in Payson, I find the travel directions either skimpy, incorrect, or both. Don't know if this applies to other parts of the state or not but I know it's not nearly so helpful for around here as it could and should be. I found the start and end points for the described trips less specific than they should be. In short, the book is lacking in several respects.
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All the travel plans in this book are based out of Phoenix, which is nice because it makes it easy to plan day trips. The distances and travel times given are helpful if you don't know Arizona geography well. Also, the book lists a lot of fun and offbeat places that might be hard to find on your own. This is a good book if you want to get out and see unusual places in the state.
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I actually bought several copies of this book because I am a Arizona Highways and Jackie Dishner fan! I put one book in my Guest House for visitors who are always looking for new places to explore in this beautiful State. Jackie Dishner leaves no stone unturned in her quest to lead and guide us out and about. Bravo for a totally fascinating look at Arizona's hidden treasures, thrills and adventures.
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If you are looking for a quick read, and a concise guide to Arizona hideaways, the Backroads and Byways of Arizona, by Jackie Disher, will guide you to a fabulous destination. I've lived in Arizona over 30 years, and have not seen some of the places Jackie Dishner has so wonderfully described. Her view of Aravaipa, descriptions of Zane Grey's Rim Country and photos throughout the book are warm and inviting. This book reminds me why Arizona is such a multi-faceted, unique state, and I need to see and experience more of it.
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