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Backroads & Byways of Arizona: Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions (Backroads & Byways) Paperback – October 5, 2009
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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.
Nice photos though.
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I am not related to, nor have I ever met Jackie. This is a great book, very well written and easy to read. I wish I had this book when I was last in Arizona quite a while ago.Published 21 months ago by F. Dishner
I'm fairly new to Arizona, and it's overwhelming beauty was one of the reasons I moved here. This book was apparently written just for me!! I loved Ms. Read morePublished on January 19, 2010 by D. Rivers
This is such a fun and helpful book, for anyone that plans to travel and explore Arizona. It's well written and the pictures scattered throughout the book are fun to look at as... Read morePublished on November 9, 2009 by Halle M.
This book is just what I was looking for. I really enjoyed the author's easy style of writing. I felt that I was a part of her travels. Read morePublished on October 30, 2009 by Becky Anne