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  • Series: Travel Guide (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 2 edition (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741798159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741798159
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are lots of beautiful color photos, maps, and highlights.
Biblioholic Beth
My husband and I will definitely use this "Pacific Northwest's Best Trips" travel guide when we travel out West.
Niki Collins-queen, Author
This book has given me some great ideas for day trips and things to do with out-of-town guests.
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We live in Idaho, and we have family in Seattle, Portland, and California. This means that our family vacations often traverse the region covered by this guide. I picked up a copy of this guide to see what we've been missing as we zip along interstates in marathon driving stints with the sole goal of reaching our end destination.

I like the layout of the book. It lists the road trips in Oregon (12 routes), Washington (12 routes), and British Columbia (9 routes). There is also a page that groups them in terms of what you are after: mountains, coast, history, family trips, etc.

I have already been on some of these routes, and I agree that they deserve to be experienced.

But this book isn't just about driving. I was extremely pleased to see routes for walking to see things in larger cities in the region. It can be daunting to decide what to see in a place like Seattle or Portland, and you might wonder what there is to see in smaller, less well known places like Bellingham, WA, or Ashland, OR. This book helps out.

This book will be especially useful to people who don't really care how long it takes to get someplace, because, with rare exception, don't include too many miles on interstates. Be prepared for lots of two-lane driving.

The writing is easy to follow, the trips are worth considering, and recommendations about where to go and what to see and do while you are there are helpful.

I look forward to trying some of these routes that I've never been on.

5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GameMaker VINE VOICE on May 4, 2013
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I think what this guide is really targeted at, is people who have NO familiarity at all with the Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington), and don't want to spend a lot of time researching it on their own. For such people, the guide provides some suggested multi-day trips, with routes to take, things to see, places to stay etc. They definitely give you just enough info to plan such a trip, and do it concisely and it is organized in a way that it is easy to reference. So for example, if you want to drive 101 along the coast, the guide talks about some of the stops, landmarks, places to stay, places to eat etc.

The problem though is that compared to say a AAA guide book, the info is much higher level, and there are far fewer entries for places and amenities. Both because it covers a wider area, and also because it's a much smaller book. So if say you know that you want to stay around Seaside Oregon, and enjoy the attractions around there, you'll only find a few entries that are relevant to you, and you'd be much better off getting a AAA tourbook for that area, and a set of maps.
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THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST'S BEST TRIPS 33 AMAZING ROAD TRIPS is a 367-page guidebook in the LONELY PLANET series. As with other books in the "Road Trips" series, the book focuses on tourist attractions in the countryside, and generally avoids disclosing interesting features of big cities, such as humongous museums, stunning modern architecture, and glitzy hotels. The authors are Krause, Brash, Miller, and Sainsbury. The book contains 33 little chapters, each corresponding to a road trip. The first third of these 33 road trips are in Washington, and these are color-coded in green. The next third are in Oregon (red). And the last third are in British Columbia (blue). Every other page contains a color photograph or color map. Unfortunately, all of the pages are on dull white paper, and there are not any glossy photos.

PHOTOGRAPHS. All of the photos are more than adequate, in terms of their ability to communicate the nature of the tourist attraction. Many of the photos show tourists walking here and there, communicating the fact that the destination in question is easy to access, and does not, for example, require 10 miles of hiking. A handful of the photos are of genuine artistic merit. Page 96 shows a stunning aerial view of Mount St. Helens' crater, with another mountain in the distance. The distant mountain is capped with snow. Page 204 shows IMNAHA CANYON, which is located near the Idaho border. Page 225 shows astonishing SALT CREEK FALLS, located in Silver Falls State Park in central Oregon. Pages 242-243 show amazing TOKETEE FALLS. The waterfall photos were taken on an overcast day, which is the photographic technique for many types of landscape, because the overcast day prevents the problem of brightly lit subject matter being cluttered with harsh shadows.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Humlie on March 1, 2014
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I love this book! It has so many great features and really helps to get the ball rolling for your trip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tamarah K Williams on September 21, 2013
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This book arrived quickly and was a great value.
It is full of great and helpful information.
Would recommend this book for anyone who will travel in the Pacific NW
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Esteban Ess VINE VOICE on April 8, 2013
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During my stays in Vancouver, Seattle, Victoria and in Whistler, BC, we had a rental car and used it for ferry and road trips combined. These trips were planned using State and Provincial travel guides, Lonely Planet city and regional guides, road maps and word of mouth recommendations. After reading this "Best Trips" guide, I see where I could have enjoyed better road trips with the information provided. Yes, on our own we did a pretty good job of covering most of the "must see" sights, hiking paths, walking tours, and roads and ferry rides, but we did inadvertently bypass some places. When you spend a lot of money to get somewhere and have limited time, you may as well - for the sake of a few more dollars - avail yourself of the recommendations of people who travel a lot in a region. Not everything is in this guide either. The small B&Bs, lower cost but outstanding restaurants, hidden away walks, must be found in more detailed guides. But, page for page, this Pacific Northwest's Best Trips will pay its way especially if you live in the region or are there for an extended stay. I like the way it helps you to orchestrate the theme and places to see for your own symphony of a road trip. Mine will travel with me next time I go there.
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