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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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)

or

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: [...]
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2012
I've been using Lonely Planet travel books for awhile now, and generally find them great and helpful, this one being no different. I find I buy Lonely Planet books more than any other travel book. You will find TONS of useful information in this guide book, most generally geared towards the outdoorsy, new age "hippie" type individual. Lots of mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, hiking, skiing, national parks, and sightseeing are easily found amongst its pages. It has great reviews of restaurants and activities and points out interesting tidbits about Native American culture. GREAT purchase if all that sounds like it's in your wheelhouse. You can't go wrong with this travel guide to Arizona. A wealth of valuable information! Pretty much everything that you would be interested in is in this book!

However, if your interests lie somewhere middle of the road between a monster truck rally and hugging trees, you may be frustrated in a couple areas that it is lacking. I know it's almost impossible to include appealing things for EVERYONE in a travel book, but since you may not know much about this book and you're reading this review, I hope I can help. I love doing outdoor activities, but I also would enjoy visiting a horse track, dog track, gambling casino, going to a ball game, (which is BRIEFLY mentioned in the book) or car museum, all which are in Arizona, but required the use of the internet to find. If you have certain interests outside the scope of what this book covers, be aware you'll have to do your own research to find them. However, if you're just looking to do "touristy" things, this book will meet all your needs! Almost TOO much information in that it can be hard to decide among all the fun things to do!

All in all, a very good travel guide to beautiful Arizona! Worth picking up for your visit!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2014
I am definitely a Lonely Planet (LP) style traveler (backpack, off the beaten path, interesting places and food), and bought this guide while living and traveling in Arizona. Unfortunately, due to the economy some listings had already closed the year since the edition I had was printed (yes, I reported this to LP; hope the updates made the newest edition). The guide is helpful, but the tone of the authors in many of the side notes leads me to believe they do not like Arizona, and were rather put upon to write the guide.
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on June 2, 2015
A really great in-depth guide to Arizona from Lonely Planet. If you really liked the original style of guides from Lonely Planet, I would highly recommend buying this one. It covers most of the state, even the smaller places. It seems like the more modern style of Lonely Planet guide only covers the big towns. It is a couple of years old at this point, so some of the restaurants have closed, but most of the information remains very useful. I imagine that even the most recent guide would be out of date by the time it is printed.
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on January 19, 2013
This is an excellent planning guide to the wonders of Arizona. Anyone planning a visit here needs a really good guide as there is so much to see and do. The process of eliminating rather than gathering places is most important, you cannot see and do it all on any single trip. In addition distances between are a big issue, takes careful planning and routing to get the most out of it. There are still routes that go on for two or three hundred miles without seeing anything but desert. This book does the trick
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on February 16, 2014
he enjoyed the stack of arizona items i gave him for his trip. Thanks for the availability. I did not realized it was a 21013, and was bought for christmas for upcoming june trip to make plans. However it still was good enough to give him a list of recent places that he could look into,
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on March 13, 2013
This book covers the entire state by region, and provides quick hits and misses for each area. Excellent for someone planning a quick trip out to AZ. Also, the book is clear about the need for a rental vehicle and the amount of seasonal tourism.
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on November 29, 2013
i like the book but wish the maps were a little bigger. Some of the suggestions are very good. I would like to see less southern AZ
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on March 25, 2014
Bought this to learn about a place I plan to visit a lot. Was interesting and useful, :-). Thanks for having it available....
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on December 14, 2014
Lonely Planet always has great books and we recently used their Arizona travel book when traveling thru this region.
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