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Product Details

  • Series: Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 680 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 2 edition (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174220063X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742200637
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Road trips that are actually planned out for me!
Xina143
I am pretty familiar with some regions since I've already gone on some road trips and found although this book covers the breadth of USA it does not have much depth.
AmazonDiva
This book reminded me how enjoyable road trips can be.
Donnie Darko

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Geiter on April 14, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
According to the product description, you should have the following features available on your Kindle for this guide book:

Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges
Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews
Add notes to personalize your guidebook experience
Seamlessly flip between pages
Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash
Embedded links to recommendations' websites
Zoom-in maps and images
Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing

You get NONE of that. You can't even bring up the settings toolbar along the top to navigate through, make notes, comments, bookmarks, etc. It's also only in landscape mode. It will not toggle between landscape/portrait as you move your device. I have sent an email to Amazon and will be returning and requesting a refund. Per the other review at the time of my purchase, I don't think it's just me having issues.

I have purchased a previous Lonely Planet Guide for my Kindle and loved the ease it provided with traveling versus having a physical book to thumb through. I travel all the time and have begun to enjoy the Kindle for this purpose. However, this book is not made to be electronic. I think if you really want it, looks potentially great in hard copy, so I would consider that over the e-version.
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Summer is the time for road trips so I got this book to plan a few down West Coast. This book divides up the country into a few sections like - New York and the Mid Atlantic, New England, Florida and South, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, The Southwest, California and Pacific Northwest. I am pretty familiar with some regions since I've already gone on some road trips and found although this book covers the breadth of USA it does not have much depth. I studied some of the itineraries of Pacific Northwest, California and Florida and found that it ignored some great spots to suggest some lesser known vacation spots that are not as scenic or interesting.

If the idea is to see the best a state or region has to offer than simply stopping at many cities on the way, you will have to pick and choose from the suggested stops along each trip. For instance the Cascade Drive in Washington state is suggested as a 4-5 day road trip. If one was visiting from out of state I would suggest that they spend maybe 1-2 days on a scenic spot from the Cascade Drive but also visit the beautiful wild coast, the rain forests, and the San Juan Islands, pretty easily accomplished in 5 days. Similarly the Olympic Peninsula loop drive ignores Seattle completely and starts in Olympia - the capital city, but why make the extra drive if you're interested in nature? Most people flying in would prefer starting from Seattle going to some of the points like Ruby Beach, the Hoh Rain Forest, Port Angeles and back and maybe use the remaining time (2 days) to see Seattle sights or drive out to Cascades.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Mountford TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 25, 2014
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I've used the Lonely Planet guides for years, and they're usually quite good. And I LOVE taking road trips, so anything that helps with planning is a good thing.

This new release from LP is quite good in certain areas, and not so good in others. It's clear there were multiple authors with very different approaches/insights. Some chapters are filled with towns and attractions that are "off the beaten path," or less obvious; others contain the same old tired tourist traps, with no real new and exciting places to go and things to see.

I decided to check out the treatment of places I'm most familiar with: Pacific NW (specifically WA state), California (specifically northern CA), and the Great Plains. I grew up in the midwest, live in CA for 28 yrs, and now call the Pacific NW home.

The good stuff: the Pacific NW section is good, as far as it goes. It doesn't include a lot of "trips," but the included trips are detailed enough, and include enough esoteric info to make them standouts. The Cascade Drive and the Olympic Peninsula Loop are filled with enough detail to keep one occupied for 4 or 5 days (and I've done both of these trips).

The Great Plains trips are likewise detailed enough to spark interest. Again, there aren't very many trips, and nothing, really, in Iowa (where I can personally recommend a day or two in the Amana Colonies), but the ones that are presented are quite good.

The California section was a definite let-down. On the Pacific Coast Highways trip, for example, virtually every "highlight" is a well-known tourist mecca (Golden Gate Park? Hearst Castle? Monterey Bay Aquarium? really? Nothing new here ...).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Montgomery on May 28, 2014
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I reviewed the paper version of this travel guide and while it is very pretty and easy to read I don't have faith in the trips designated. Gas being what it is, I don't hop in the car as easily as I used to. To judge the road worthiness of unfamiliar places, I checked out the sections I'm very familiar with - Florida, California, Michigan and New England. The title for this might be Best Tourist Trips instead of Best Trips. There was nothing in the Florida route that hasn't been covered a thousand times before. Falling into the familiar trap of ignoring everything between Daytona and Palm Beach, the guide suggests CityPlace as a must see stop. CityPlace is a struggling outdoor mall right off the highway with poor parking and constantly closing national chain shops. It's the antithesis of a road trip destination. With a wealth of Palm Beach museums they chose the most famous - the Norton. You could devise the trip suggested with five minutes to spare and an AAA guide. There's no insider information to be had.

The road trip for San Francisco was little better - suggesting you ride the Cable Cars and look at Alcatraz. While a walking tour does suggest the too often overlooked Coit Tower there are dozens of places in San Francisco more worthy of a road trippers time than the ones highlighted in this guide. If you want to hit the Highlights and the Landmarks that have the longest lines and the biggest gift shops, this guide will suit you. If you love road trips for the less familiar, the locally suggested gems and the thrill of discovery, I can't say this book will work.

There's nothing "wrong" with any of the trips described. If this was named "52 classic road trips" or "52 familiar road trips" I'd probably 4 star it, but "52 Amazing Road Trips"? I don't see it. I've had better trips than the ones in USA'S Best Trips. I'm not even a road warrior, I'm a weekender and storm evacuator.
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