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Off the Beaten Path: A Travel Guide to More Than 1000 Scenic and Interesting Places Still Uncrowded and Inviting Hardcover – March 19, 2009
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"Anyone planning a leisurely trip around the country would find Off the Beaten Path a rewarding reference book to keep on the dashboard."
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"Off the Beaten Path is one of the most handsome, informative and neatly organized travel books I've seen..."
"...is a delightful source of ideas for vacations, weekend outings, and day trips."
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- Los Angeles Times
"...is rich fodder for vacation planning. The well-illustrated guide will suit those who want a jostle-free vacation and prefer nature's attractions to the man-made variety."
- The Tampa Tribune
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As a crowd-aversive person, I really wanted to love this book and to use it in planning some regional RV trips.
I found many of the attractions to be REALLY "off the beaten path", to the extent that many people may not be interested.
For example, there's probably already a historical home of some type in your hometown. There's probably also a historical society of some type that maintains that home. At some point, a dignitary of some type visited that home...and/or something important happened there. If you contact them, the historical society will probably tell you that you're able to arrange for a small-group tour of that home...or that they offer them to the public periodically. Right or wrong, most folks probably don't/won't pursue that tour...although it is a nice, low-crowd opportunity.
That kind of gives you somewhat of a feel, in my opinion, for the nature of many of the attractions featured in this book.
They asked locals what were some places worth visiting and compiled this book. Most of the places are nature, but some of the greatest places I've ever been are national forests. Don't go into this book wondering why your favorite place isn't listed or someplace like Mount Rushmore is not there. This book is about less traveled places. Because of this, they are typically less crowded, and thus more enjoyable. If you want common, tourist traps, go to the internet. If you want to see great places that you didn't even realize existed, then this book if for you