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About the Author

Susan Magsamen is the president and CEO of FamilyStories. She is a leading expert in creative play and hands-on experiential learning, has collaborated with many arts, educational, and cultural organizations and is the Chair of Wondertime magazine editorial advisory council, a new national publication for families.
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Product Details

  • Series: National Geographic 10 Best of Everything Families
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426203942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426203947
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Times are tough and millions are thinking about cutting out travel this year -- but doing something with your family, even if it's a one-day drive to a regional destination is well worth the effort. And, yes, I know that families come in various shapes, sizes, ages and blended generations.

Here's a big, thick, idea-packed resource book from the family-friendly and globally savvy folks at National Geographic. If you can't find something in this book that moves you to hit the road, then nothing will budge you!

There are many great new travel books out there right now. (I also strongly recommend Frommers 500 Places to See Before They Disappear.) What I like about this new National Geographic book is that it's not organized by place -- it's organized by traveling motivation!

For instance, do you travel mainly to see "Nature and Science"? Well, there are 24 lists with 10 items each -- 240 great ideas for people who mainly get up and go because the natural world is calling them. My favorite in this section? "10 Best Famous Trees" The list includes "Witness Trees," especially the venerable trees that "witnessed" the battle at Gettysburg and Lincoln's address there after the war.

The book is Web friendly as well. Want to go online and "read more" about the 100s of ideas in this guidebook? Well, Web links are provided for every item in these lists.

Other travel categories include Arts, History, Seasonal Celebrations. There are even lists here on cooking programs, great movie theaters, music festivals, civil rights landmarks and Asian heritage sites.
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This book is a gem! It's a treasure trove of information, but it also has to be mined, because there is so much here.

It's from National Geographic, so the pictures are gorgeous, and the organizational structure is perfect. The items (below) are listed regionally or topically, but everything is cross-indexed in the back by state, making it perfect to even use on the fly if you are on a driving trip anywhere in the U.S.

There are "everyday travel" bests such as

* ice cream
* regional specialties
* parks

Getaway bests include

* reunion spots
* fishing trips
* museums
* state parks
* roller coasters
* author's homes
* zoos

But that's not all -- the book is also jammed with general info on traveling, including a whole chapter on ways to document and remember your trip, and a resource section with information about trip-planning and packing.

If you like reading travel books, like me, this one is great. If you are looking for some great suggestions for side trips all over the U.S., this will serve you well. If you are curious about a kid-friendly activity or destination, it's probably in here. There's just too much to tell.
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What I like about this book is the way it reminds me of simple things that make a trip memorable for kids. At this phase of our lives we don't have time or money for luxury travel. But we're on the road a lot for family weddings, college visits, sports events. This book gives me ideas for little places to stop along the way and turn the "commute" into a mini vacation. The ice cream recommendations especially bring a smile to my face!
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This book is good for families to leaf through to get ideas of what their travel interests are. It covers a huge variety of ten best lists-from family art camps to fishing adventures, and famous trees to folk life spots.

However, "covers" is not really the right word. There are only one to three sentences describing each listing, not enough to get me interested.

There are lots of small color photos throughout the book. But, again, it misses the mark, as probably 90% of them are generic photos, not pictures of the destinations or events listed.
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I love this book. It will be a great reference on vacations. I've traveled extensively as a park ranger and would say the author nailed it. Why didn't I think of writing this book?
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