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Lonely Planet USA's Best Trips (Travel Guide) Paperback – April 1, 2014
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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 ...).Read more ›
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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.
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.Read more ›
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Great information, bought as a gift for brother who is retiring soon and will be doing lots of road trips!Published 11 days ago by Selene
I want my 2.99 back, the script is so small you can't read it.....cannot enlarge! don't buy kindle editionPublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
After buying this guide I can only said that I felt stolen by Lonely Planet.
Potential buyers be aware that this digital version of the guide will not fit all of the... Read more