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The 10 Best of Everything Families: An Ultimate Guide for Travelers (National Geographic 10 Best of Everything Families) Paperback – March 17, 2009
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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.
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
Getaway bests include
* reunion spots
* fishing trips
* state parks
* roller coasters
* author's homes
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.
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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It seems to have great ideas for traveling for families no matter how big or small, with or without children.Published on September 5, 2013 by alice janessa
It is OK. I don't know if they used it. They take a lot of vacations and take their two boys.Published on August 17, 2013 by marsha bradley