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Lonely Planet USA's Best Trips (Travel Guide) Paperback – April 1, 2014
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This new release from LP is quite good in certain areas, and not so good in others. It's clear there were multiple authors with very different approaches/insights. Some chapters are filled with towns and attractions that are "off the beaten path," or less obvious; others contain the same old tired tourist traps, with no real new and exciting places to go and things to see.
I decided to check out the treatment of places I'm most familiar with: Pacific NW (specifically WA state), California (specifically northern CA), and the Great Plains. I grew up in the midwest, live in CA for 28 yrs, and now call the Pacific NW home.
The good stuff: the Pacific NW section is good, as far as it goes. It doesn't include a lot of "trips," but the included trips are detailed enough, and include enough esoteric info to make them standouts. The Cascade Drive and the Olympic Peninsula Loop are filled with enough detail to keep one occupied for 4 or 5 days (and I've done both of these trips).
The Great Plains trips are likewise detailed enough to spark interest. Again, there aren't very many trips, and nothing, really, in Iowa (where I can personally recommend a day or two in the Amana Colonies), but the ones that are presented are quite good.
The California section was a definite let-down. On the Pacific Coast Highways trip, for example, virtually every "highlight" is a well-known tourist mecca (Golden Gate Park? Hearst Castle? Monterey Bay Aquarium? really? Nothing new here ...).Read more ›
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You get NONE of that. You can't even bring up the settings toolbar along the top to navigate through, make notes, comments, bookmarks, etc. It's also only in landscape mode. It will not toggle between landscape/portrait as you move your device. I have sent an email to Amazon and will be returning and requesting a refund. Per the other review at the time of my purchase, I don't think it's just me having issues.
I have purchased a previous Lonely Planet Guide for my Kindle and loved the ease it provided with traveling versus having a physical book to thumb through. I travel all the time and have begun to enjoy the Kindle for this purpose. However, this book is not made to be electronic. I think if you really want it, looks potentially great in hard copy, so I would consider that over the e-version.
If the idea is to see the best a state or region has to offer than simply stopping at many cities on the way, you will have to pick and choose from the suggested stops along each trip. For instance the Cascade Drive in Washington state is suggested as a 4-5 day road trip. If one was visiting from out of state I would suggest that they spend maybe 1-2 days on a scenic spot from the Cascade Drive but also visit the beautiful wild coast, the rain forests, and the San Juan Islands, pretty easily accomplished in 5 days. Similarly the Olympic Peninsula loop drive ignores Seattle completely and starts in Olympia - the capital city, but why make the extra drive if you're interested in nature? Most people flying in would prefer starting from Seattle going to some of the points like Ruby Beach, the Hoh Rain Forest, Port Angeles and back and maybe use the remaining time (2 days) to see Seattle sights or drive out to Cascades.Read more ›
The book provides a good starting point and offers excellent options, but a traveler shouldn't just pick up the guidebook and set off across country without doing a great deal of research first.
I looked carefully at the trip closest to home and found that the guide listed places to see that were great choices, well known to locals and with appeal to a wide range of travelers.
The food and lodging sections consist of very few possibilities - a sort of scattershot assortment, one or two per trip, of cabins, camping, B&Bs and good hotels with drive-ins, diners, bakeries and family restaurants. All were middle-of-the-road choices and readers should research other options to fit individual tastes and budgets.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome travel guide. Lonely planet books are a great read and have amazing information in.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is absolutely the worst book I've ever purchased. Text is almost unreadable due to being poorly scanned. Table of contents not linked to chapters. Supposed pop ups are blank. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ted Doughty
ARRIVED TODAY. Haven't had time to read the book yet, but it appears to be exactly what I was looking for.Published 3 months ago by Karen Oakley
Got as a Christmas present for someone who is always talking about traveling and just needs a nudge. Looks like it's finally starting to work.Published 3 months ago by CARRIE L. WESTCOTT
The book gives a great overview on which trips I wanted to take but lacks a lot of details. Still amazing! Photographs make me envious of the photographer. :)Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer