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Off the Beaten Path: A Travel Guide to More Than 1000 Scenic and Interesting Places Still Uncrowded and Inviting Hardcover – March 19, 2009

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RAVE REVIEWS FOR OUR PREVIOUS EDITION
"Anyone planning a leisurely trip around the country would find Off the Beaten Path a rewarding reference book to keep on the dashboard."
The Boston Globe
"Off the Beaten Path is one of the most handsome, informative and neatly organized travel books I've seen..."
Chicago Sun-Times
"...is a delightful source of ideas for vacations, weekend outings, and day trips."
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"Just when you think you've discovered the perfect vacation place, Reader's Digest publishes a captivating and informative guide..."
- Los Angeles Times
"...is rich fodder for vacation planning. The well-illustrated guide will suit those who want a jostle-free vacation and prefer nature's attractions to the man-made variety."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest; Revised, Updated ed. edition (March 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762107944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762107940
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. L Lamendola VINE VOICE on April 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Beautiful, fascinating, informative. Visually stunning, intellectually stimulating. A true pleasure to peruse. Loaded with nuggets of information. Practical, yet destined to be a collector's item and tabletop treasure. Can I gush any more than that about this excellent work from Reader's Digest?

Off the Beaten Path provides thumbnail descriptions of more than 1,000 interesting sites and destinations in the USA. All of these are places tourists don't normally flock to, but that are worth seeing. These include museums, historic inns, castles, rock formations, dinosaur trails, pontoon boating, parks, lakes, wildlife sanctuaries, and zoos. The book contains over 1,000 photographs of these sites.

The book consists of 50 chapters, each devoted to one state. The tourist bureau in each state has verified that each site listed is, indeed, still not (yet) heavily visited. In each chapter is at least one "Did you know?" box that has an interesting fact. The end of each chapter also has a calendar of events (seasonal activities, such as Strawberry Day in Tennessee) for the state. Each chapter also has a detailed state road map, with the sites marked out. As you read about each site, you can refer back to the map to see where it is.

For a given destination, you will find:
* Title of site.
* Street address (or nearest highway and city).
* Well-written description that explains what the site has to offer.
* Notes on availability, access, tours, and the like (including if an admission fee applies)
* Hyperlink to Website.
* Phone number of the relevant agency, foundation, operator, or owner.
* Icons that show which of 16 different types of amenities are available.
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Off the Beaten Path - Newly Revised & Updated: A Travel Guide to More Than 1000 Scenic and Interesting Places Still Uncrowded and Inviting by the Editors of Reader's Digest is a visual vacation all by itself. This gorgeous illustrated guide to some of the most photogenic and breathtakingly beautiful well kept secrets in the United States deserves to ride up front. For any vacationer taking a well earned break from the rat race, Off The Beaten Path could be your best road trip companion.

This travel guide is big, and I mean big. Weighing in over 4 pounds and with dimensions of 10.5 x 10 x 1.4 inches, Off The Beaten Path isn't something you could stick in your back pocket. It's well worth making space for in your backpack though and could easily become indispensable when you're planning or preparing for a trip. Off the Beaten Path is designed for those who want to look beyond the usual tourist traps and find places that are rich in historic and/or scenic value, yet relatively undiscovered by the masses.

If you're not interested in being amongst crowds and want to discover the real beauty of the US and its roots, look no farther than within Off The Beaten Path. This is the definitive guide that you've always wanted. Even just browsing the stunning photography gives you itchy feet.

The 384 page volume is packed solid with useful information. All states are listed in alphabetical order, each with their own chapter and color coded for easy reference. Within those state listings are these hidden gems' details.

Let's look at Arkansas for example. Want to visit a historic Southern cotton plantation?
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Was very informative & definiately WORTH getting. The size is both an advantage in that it is easy to read & the maps are clear but it makes it a bit cumbersome to use in the car. Great for a reference for highlighting road maps. Been to several places & the discriptions etc. were dead on. The book is a Wonderful adjunct to other travel books such as "1000 Places to See before you Die.USA & Canada."
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I just completed a 6,500 mile RV trip from California to Indiana with Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, MN, WI, and IL included. After driving a round trip of 50+ miles to see a State Park with three waterfalls mentioned in this book, I was turned away because RV's are not allowed in that park. Would have been nice if the authors had pointed that out before I wasted the time and gas. Another attraction I went to was an "Obsidian Park" where you can pick up samples and take with you. I had to make a few drive byes on the main road before I concluded that was the gravel road to the park. There were no signs, in fact, there was no park! I found myself driving on a rutted out 1&1/2 lane road for over 3 miles before I had to find a place wide enough to turn around my 34' RV. Yes, I did pick up some obsidian, it's all over the place,but jeez! If you are traveling by RV w/o a car in tow, or have a large 5th wheel, I would advise trying to call ahead to see if the place exists as described and what size vehicles they allow on their roads or have parking facilities for your set up.
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I received this book along with The Most Scenic Drives in America: 120 Spectacular Road Trips as gifts. They are large, gloriously full color books, with heavy, semi-glossy paper. I found them full of useful information on places I never knew about...even in my current state and surrounding states. I enjoy Off the Beaten Path because, even as a travel junkie, this book highlighted routes that I would not have considered taking. Sometimes a good scenic trip is not just about what roads are taken but rather is also about how those roads are pieced together end-to-end to create a great overall experience. I think this book does that for me.

I had to return the orignal two I received because they were poorly packaged and the spines were torn and ruined on both by the time I received it. I must say, however, that Amazon gets 5 stars for customer service. The return was no cost to me and they even shipped new books right away rather than waiting to receive my damaged books. Sadly, the new books were shipped in poor packaging, too, but they weren't damaged.
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