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Product Details

  • Series: Travel Guide (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 2 edition (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741798159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741798159
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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By ARH TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 21, 2013
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We live in Idaho, and we have family in Seattle, Portland, and California. This means that our family vacations often traverse the region covered by this guide. I picked up a copy of this guide to see what we've been missing as we zip along interstates in marathon driving stints with the sole goal of reaching our end destination.

I like the layout of the book. It lists the road trips in Oregon (12 routes), Washington (12 routes), and British Columbia (9 routes). There is also a page that groups them in terms of what you are after: mountains, coast, history, family trips, etc.

I have already been on some of these routes, and I agree that they deserve to be experienced.

But this book isn't just about driving. I was extremely pleased to see routes for walking to see things in larger cities in the region. It can be daunting to decide what to see in a place like Seattle or Portland, and you might wonder what there is to see in smaller, less well known places like Bellingham, WA, or Ashland, OR. This book helps out.

This book will be especially useful to people who don't really care how long it takes to get someplace, because, with rare exception, don't include too many miles on interstates. Be prepared for lots of two-lane driving.

The writing is easy to follow, the trips are worth considering, and recommendations about where to go and what to see and do while you are there are helpful.

I look forward to trying some of these routes that I've never been on.

5 stars.
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I rate this 3 1/2 stars. In my opinion there exist more useful guide books than this lonely planet book. Since Washington State has 3 National Parks, I used 'Guide to National Parks of the U.S.' by National Geographic as my starting point to plan a 2 1/2 week tour. The NG book is excellent: plentiful and superior maps, color photos, detailed plans of how much time is needed with mileage, trail descriptions, and what to see if you have 1 day, 2 days, etc. along with places to stay. AND the NG book includes the nearby National Forests, Nat'l Monuments, Nat'l Wildlife Refuges and Nat'l Recreation areas with color photos and brief descriptions of each.

I also used Frommer's 'Seattle' and its 'Vancouver/Victoria' since we planned to concentrate on those areas. If you are interested in photography I highly recommend Barbee's 'Photographer's Guide to Puget Sound & Northwest Washington'. We found lovely towns and scenes along our drive where we thoroughly enjoyed views we might have missed without this book.

To summarize, this 'Pacific Northwest's Best Trips has excellent information on taking road trips in that area, but not always in depth. In checking some of the details: Lonely Planet mentioned Lake Crescent Lodge as a place to stay for $160-290, but did not mention the very reasonably priced Singer Tavern Cottages adjoining the main lodge. They mention The Crater Lake Lodge Dining Room with $$$, but we enjoyed a luxurious, filling breakfast (served 7-10:30AM) at a reasonable price in this very remote area where it happened to be snow squalling in mid-September. We found the UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver more memorable than the Vancouver Art Gallery, but it is not mentioned in Lonely Planet. When we visited Mt. St.
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I think what this guide is really targeted at, is people who have NO familiarity at all with the Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington), and don't want to spend a lot of time researching it on their own. For such people, the guide provides some suggested multi-day trips, with routes to take, things to see, places to stay etc. They definitely give you just enough info to plan such a trip, and do it concisely and it is organized in a way that it is easy to reference. So for example, if you want to drive 101 along the coast, the guide talks about some of the stops, landmarks, places to stay, places to eat etc.

The problem though is that compared to say a AAA guide book, the info is much higher level, and there are far fewer entries for places and amenities. Both because it covers a wider area, and also because it's a much smaller book. So if say you know that you want to stay around Seaside Oregon, and enjoy the attractions around there, you'll only find a few entries that are relevant to you, and you'd be much better off getting a AAA tourbook for that area, and a set of maps.
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THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST'S BEST TRIPS 33 AMAZING ROAD TRIPS is a 367-page guidebook in the LONELY PLANET series. As with other books in the "Road Trips" series, the book focuses on tourist attractions in the countryside, and generally avoids disclosing interesting features of big cities, such as humongous museums, stunning modern architecture, and glitzy hotels. The authors are Krause, Brash, Miller, and Sainsbury. The book contains 33 little chapters, each corresponding to a road trip. The first third of these 33 road trips are in Washington, and these are color-coded in green. The next third are in Oregon (red). And the last third are in British Columbia (blue). Every other page contains a color photograph or color map. Unfortunately, all of the pages are on dull white paper, and there are not any glossy photos.

PHOTOGRAPHS. All of the photos are more than adequate, in terms of their ability to communicate the nature of the tourist attraction. Many of the photos show tourists walking here and there, communicating the fact that the destination in question is easy to access, and does not, for example, require 10 miles of hiking. A handful of the photos are of genuine artistic merit. Page 96 shows a stunning aerial view of Mount St. Helens' crater, with another mountain in the distance. The distant mountain is capped with snow. Page 204 shows IMNAHA CANYON, which is located near the Idaho border. Page 225 shows astonishing SALT CREEK FALLS, located in Silver Falls State Park in central Oregon. Pages 242-243 show amazing TOKETEE FALLS. The waterfall photos were taken on an overcast day, which is the photographic technique for many types of landscape, because the overcast day prevents the problem of brightly lit subject matter being cluttered with harsh shadows.

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