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Product Details

  • Series: 500 Places (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; 2 edition (August 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047047405X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470474051
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Product Description

500 Great Reasons to Say,"Are We There Yet?"

This bestselling guide takes you across town and around the globe to 500 of the mostexciting places on earth. With more than 40 new destinations, this revised edition is packed with things to see, do, and explore—from the Painted Desert (United States) and the cave homes of Coober Pedy (Australia) to a camel safari (India) and Dracula's Castle (Romania).

Complete with hotel information, age recommendations, Web sites, and more, this guide provides the advice you need to plan a trip the whole family can enjoy—and remember for a lifetime.

Places to Go & Things to Do Around the World

  • The natural world: awesome vistas, flora, and fauna

  • Offbeat attractions: weird and wacky fun

  • History: from ancient wonders to modern marvels

  • Rides and thrills: bobsleds, dogsleds, and everything in between

  • Art and architecture: galleries, buildings, and monuments

  • Science: space centers, natural history museums,and more

  • Sports: halls of fame and sporting events

Look Inside Some of the World's Most Kid-Approved Places (Click for more information)


Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks: Giant Trees of the Sierras

Versailles: Palace of the Sun King

Biscayne National Park: Florida’s Homegrown Coral Reef

Howe Caverns

Liverpool Beatles Tour

Parc Guell: Super City Park

Sea Kayaking in Acadia National Park

Rollercoasters: Bigger Is Better in New Jersey

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

From the Back Cover

500 Great Reasons to Say,"Are We There Yet?"

This bestselling guide takes you across town and around the globe to 500 of the most exciting places on earth. With more than 40 new destinations, this revised edition is packed with things to see, do, and explore—from the Painted Desert (United States) and the cave homes of Coober Pedy (Australia) to a camel safari (India) and Dracula's Castle (Romania).

Complete with hotel information, age recommendations, Web sites, and more, this guide provides the advice you need to plan a trip the whole familycan enjoy—and remember for a lifetime.

Places to Go & Things to Do Around the World

  • The natural world: awesome vistas, flora, and fauna

  • Offbeat attractions: weird and wacky fun

  • History: from ancient wonders to modern marvels

  • Rides and thrills: bobsleds, dogsleds, andeverything in between

  • Art and architecture: galleries, buildings, andmonuments

  • Science: space centers, natural history museums,and more

  • Sports: halls of fame and sporting events

Customer Reviews

The premise seems a bit forced to me.
Steven A. Peterson
I would say this is a book you would want to own to find something new, different, that you would not have any clue how to start searching on your own.
T. Distaso
I didn't realize that the book focused on the top 500 places IN THE WORLD for people to bring their kids.
Leah Maines

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Nelson VINE VOICE on October 22, 2009
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When I had the opportunity to get a review copy of the newest edition of this book, I was quite ecstatic. I have 3 small children and would love to take them someplace else other than the typical Disney World, Sea World, Six Flags, Wisconsin Dells, and a myriad of other theme parks that dot the American landscape. I thought this book was the answer.

When I received the book and began flipping through it, the first thing that I noticed is that this book is definitely not geared to a particular audience other than people traveling with children. Having traveled the world for work early in my career, I had a pretty good idea what it costs to travel to Asia, Europe, and most of the Western Hemisphere. The first thing that I noticed is that the trips ranged from very cheap with easy access to the insanely expensive requiring extensive planning.

Flipping through the pages, I counted about 30 of the destinations that I have been to. I spent a good portion of my childhood living in one of them and over 10 years of my adult life living very close to a handful of others. What the author describes of the destinations seems relatively accurate. I spent my childhood in SE Alaska (Scouting Alaska's Inside Passage in the book). The author's description of utilizing the Alaska Marine Highway system (ferry boats) is excellent. However, no where did it seem to mention that many times the ferry terminals tend to be out on the middle of nowhere. The Juneau ferry terminal is a bit less than 15 miles from downtown Juneau and around 1 to 2 miles from the nearest bus station. Personally, I would not have found this to be a nice surprise if I was traveling with kids and no car. Throughout SE Alaska, the terminals are varying distances from the downtown areas.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Travel Queen on December 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was excited to see a new edition, although hesitant since I thoroughly enjoyed the first edition and even used it to plan a few trips to Arizona and Texas. Yes, some of the places were unrealistic, and no, I don't plan any trips to China, but the stuff in the US was pretty good. With the new edition, they took out 44 sights and only added 39 new ones (yes, I actually counted). They did some funky splitting of previously mentioned sights to get to their magic "500" number. As an example, in the old edition, London got a single mention with various sights included in the text. This time around they split that section into FOUR different "must-sees". VT got totally shafted and with the exception of the Geffrye Museum in England, all of the places dropped were in the US.

So what did they add? Lots of Australia and New Zealand sights, plus Europe and Asia. I'm all for a less US-centric approach, but some of the stuff they added was stupid- it's more important to ride the Tokyo monorail than visit the Gateway Arch in St. Louis??? Or how about Luna Park in Australia versus the National Zoo?? (Although, to their credit, they did add the Giant Panda of Wolong in China if you want to see them).

I also completely hated the layout of seven great views, parks, etc. They dropped tons of information and extras. In the previous edition, they had a section on cities to visit with a selection of highlights in the city. In the new version, Paris got dumbed down to the Eiffel Tower "for a great view". I agree, but there's more to Paris than the Eiffel Tower. It was the same with the other cities. I'm sticking with my old version and using my new book for a paperweight.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wayne A. Smith VINE VOICE on November 19, 2009
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Overall, this is not bad and could serve as a useful guide to those parents who, like me, are attempting to show the kids some of "what's out there" before they go to college and in between video games, sports, school and the other attractions that occupy the minds of our young.

I liked the format on each of the 500 places. The summaries are about as thorough as they could possibly be on one page (small type warning). I found each entry gave enough of a flavor to allow you to explore those that are intriguing in further detail.

The only gripe, and it is minor, is that the places are organized around themes. So you have chapters on the likes or "water recreation" and "historic homes" and "battlefields". In each chapter you'll ricochet around the world from Verdun to Gettysburg to Fort Ticonderoga and back across the water to Ypres. Hardly helpful for a RV oriented trip. The alternative would have been a geographic organization, which might have been easier to meet the needs of most of us who travel. I get why they did a theme oriented organization and that works too, but at the cost of some convenience.

On the whole, this is a useful companion for world travelers who want to see natural and man-made wonders.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. V on May 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
I may be odd, but I never buy a book without cracking it open - virtually or at my library. As a result, I was neither surprised nor disappointed by this book. It's a given that few families will ever use this as a checklist - unless the family is tremendously wealthy. It's handier as a supplement - say, you're planning a trip to England already, and you want a few kid-centric ideas.

I'd love to see a companion volume just for the United States - or better, an app for each geographic region. I found this a fun read, though I think one needs to have one's own child in mind rather than assuming that all places in this book would be equally appealing to all children. My five year old son, for example, could take or leave the plethora of sports offerings and couldn't give a hoot for historic homes - but he'd love to try the Taj Mahal if we could afford it, or the more affordable kayak expeditions in several locales. Like so many things, this book should be part of a journey - not a destination in itself.
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