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essentials, useful suggested itineraries & events calendar, great maps
on March 20, 2011
Lonely Planet's newly published Arizona, is it's 2nd edition, and so it's current, sets out all possibilities in an organized way, suggested itineraries, if you have little or more time, with helpful local tastes too. The maps and photos helped give me a feel of what to expect, and fit what I wanted to include in a future trip. I had viewed some of the chapters digitally ($4.95 each) and reviewed them in a previous review: [...] The idea was to see the entire book and compare to see if I had missed something, and yes, I had. I had reviewed main cities like Phoenix and Tucson, Southern Arizona, but hadn't got into the Grand Canyon area, Navajo & Hopi area, Western Arizona, and the book has color, whereas the pdf version's don't. That would be welcome in a future version of PDF's.
What makes a great travel book in my eyes, is the author, how they get you interested, ready to pack your bags. That's the way it's done here. Arizona isn't a huge state like Alaska or Texas, but drivable, so I was happy to see maps, that divided areas into daily jaunts, had recommended places to stay in many pocket friendly ways, with food and drink covered well. Lonely Planet is keen on adventure, on the main streets too, most helpful. In this vein, the smaller areas of the state were covered in detail, like the chapter on Eastern Arizona and Rim Country. a highlights box is on the first page, with :
Best Outdoor Activity: Plunge through the rapids and float over the flats on a multi-day rafting trip through the Salt River Canyon ( page 231)
Best 'Aha' moment: Get a better understanding of why some Native American tribes proudly allied with the US Army against other Indians at the museum at Fort Apache (p 225).
There's a map showing these suggestions too. So I was able to put it into perspective in the planning phase. I had a chance to try out a suggested 'sleeping and eating' place, La Posada, right on Rt 66, restored to it's glory days, since it was located on the highway. The article on it, told of the history, and about the dining room, they were right on, the book alone would pay for itself with a great stop like that. I know when we drive into a town, we have to guess where to stay or eat or what sights are most important, and this book really zero'd in all of them.
I really liked the book, and remember you can use Lonely Planet's online planning tool: [...]