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Backroads of Arizona: Your Guide to Arizona's Most Scenic Backroad Adventures Paperback – November 15, 2006

4.3 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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Phoenix Magazine, January 2007

“Backroads is chock-full of vivid images by Kerrick James … James’ artwork almost makes Backroads a better picture book than travel guide. Almost. With plenty of maps, directions and little-known facts about each region, Hinckley proves himself to be an excellent travel guide.  In addition, the drives are designed for all types of sightseer – from leisurely tourist to the adventuresome off-roader.”

 

Arizona Republic, Dec. 1, 2006

“An unqualified joy, whether you intend to use it for practical route planning or simply for armchair exploration.”


Phoenix, January 2007

“From budding poppy fields in Bisbee to salmon-colored sunsets in Sedona and historic buildings across the state, James’ artwork almost makes Backroads a better picture book than travel guide. Almost. With plenty of maps, directions and little-known facts about each region, Hinckley proves himself to be an excellent travel guide.”

 

Kingman Daily Minor, Feb. 18, 2007

“The book is broken into regions with easy-to-follow directions accompanying fascinating stories on what to look for as you cruise across God’s country. Add in the vivid photography of Arizona’s natural and man-made treasures, and you’ve got a wonderful treat to thumb through on a Sunday afternoon, then to use as a guide as you enjoy the state’s many backroads.”


Tucson Lifestyle, February 2007

“Hinckley, an auto enthusiast, knows the pleasures of the open road and proves that he’s an excellent source of info on everything from the topography to the history to the attractions of the state, giving a strong overview of the character of each region.”
                                                                                                                                                               

Valley Guide Magazine, Spring 2007

“Perfect for the casual traveler and the experienced adventurer alike.”

 

Book Description

The face of Arizona has changed dramatically over the centuries—but for those who know where to look, the coyote still howls, waterfalls still tumble into deep red rock canyons, and some of nature’s finest handiwork is still to be seen along the backroads and byways of the state. For the open-road adventurer or the armchair tourist, Backroads of Arizona is the ideal guide to the state’s most notable and underappreciated sites—its plethora of awe-inspiring natural areas and national parks as well as historic sites including Native American Pueblos and ancient ruins, ghost towns and vestiges of the Old West, and more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Backroads of ...
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; 1st edition (November 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760326894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760326893
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dustin M. Dudley on January 2, 2008
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This book does a very good job of showing you Arizona from one end of the state to the other. It is nicely divided into sections of the state to help you find many good sites in each section of the state you may be traveling in. It has some of the most amazing color pictures in it. It also has some pretty good descriptions of these places too. The maps in the book are a little crude, but not that important anyway. You can find about all of these places on a highway map. I noticed a few places in this book that you have a hard time finding much information on from other sources. Like the most remote village in the lower 48, Supai (& Havasupai Falls) and many old and off the beaten path little towns with lots of history still standing (i.e. Cochise). The book also does a good job of showing you picture and giving you stories from the past. I would highly recommend this book for anyone traveling to Arizona, or even for those who want a nice coffee table book due to the wonderful pictures.
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Good book with great pictures, only downfall is that it doesn't cover much about Southeastern Arizona.....mainly western and northern.
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This book may work well as a coffee table book. I'm sure the photos are great to thumb through, but it really fails as a guidebook. The information provided is minimal at best and almost always difficult to find. My husband and I often drive the back roads while we are traveling and most of our routes were not covered at all. The Explorer's Guides and Moon Guides are a much better choice for all the back roads and small towns.
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I gave this as a gift to a new couple that had just moved to AZ and who love road trips in their truck. It's hard for them to hike much so this was a perfect way for them to get to know more of rural AZ without hiking a lot. They call it their road trip bible!
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Got this for my father who recently moved to AZ. He normally doesn't like gifts, but loves this! Very practical and great for exploring.
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My grandparents travel to arizona every year from december to april and I needed a gift for them for christmas, though this would be perfect. I was totally right. They have been using it to get out and find more sight seeing places and they love it. The pictures are beautiful and it is even very intersting for those who don't travel to AZ but love to learn about new places!
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When using such a book, there would always be differences of opinion on what should be noted, or ignored. Generally, this book gives the tourist clear expectations as to interest, oddities, things to note about the terrain, some history thrown in, and road advice. I found it perfect as a snowbird tourist who wanted to explore the less known areas of Arizona, as opposed to the larger cities. The title says it all!!
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When I was in Arizona, a friend showed me the book, I absorbed every page. It is a book to have as a coffee table book or to take when visiting Arizona.
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