- 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)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lonely Planet Pacific Northwest's Best Trips (Travel Guide) Paperback – February 1, 2013
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS.Read more ›
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This is a wonderful travel guide that helped make my recent road trip driving the spectacularly beautiful Cascade Loop a great experience. Read morePublished 9 days ago by aval
I love the way this book is laid out. It's not only informative and very detailed, it grabs you and pulls you in like a good novel . . .but it's not - it's a travel guide!!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer T
This book was sent to one of my friends who loves to travel.. she will be doing a big road trip soon and this will come in handy.. great photos..Published 11 months ago by JANONE
A helpful guide for travelers with good information about the Northwest.Published 12 months ago by Judith DeJack
We just returned from our trip up the Oregon coastline. We went as far as Tillamook Oregon and this book was an amazing guide. This along with our GPS made it smooth sailing!Published 12 months ago by Candy Bambl