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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."
The Boston Globe
"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."
"Just when you think you've discovered the perfect vacation place, Reader's Digest publishes a captivating and informative guide..."
- 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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Off the Beaten Path provides thumbnail descriptions of more than 1,000 interesting sites and destinations in the USA. All of these are places tourists don't normally flock to, but that are worth seeing. These include museums, historic inns, castles, rock formations, dinosaur trails, pontoon boating, parks, lakes, wildlife sanctuaries, and zoos. The book contains over 1,000 photographs of these sites.
The book consists of 50 chapters, each devoted to one state. The tourist bureau in each state has verified that each site listed is, indeed, still not (yet) heavily visited. In each chapter is at least one "Did you know?" box that has an interesting fact. The end of each chapter also has a calendar of events (seasonal activities, such as Strawberry Day in Tennessee) for the state. Each chapter also has a detailed state road map, with the sites marked out. As you read about each site, you can refer back to the map to see where it is.
For a given destination, you will find:
* Title of site.
* Street address (or nearest highway and city).
* Well-written description that explains what the site has to offer.
* Notes on availability, access, tours, and the like (including if an admission fee applies)
* Hyperlink to Website.
* Phone number of the relevant agency, foundation, operator, or owner.
* Icons that show which of 16 different types of amenities are available.Read more ›
This travel guide is big, and I mean big. Weighing in over 4 pounds and with dimensions of 10.5 x 10 x 1.4 inches, Off The Beaten Path isn't something you could stick in your back pocket. It's well worth making space for in your backpack though and could easily become indispensable when you're planning or preparing for a trip. Off the Beaten Path is designed for those who want to look beyond the usual tourist traps and find places that are rich in historic and/or scenic value, yet relatively undiscovered by the masses.
If you're not interested in being amongst crowds and want to discover the real beauty of the US and its roots, look no farther than within Off The Beaten Path. This is the definitive guide that you've always wanted. Even just browsing the stunning photography gives you itchy feet.
The 384 page volume is packed solid with useful information. All states are listed in alphabetical order, each with their own chapter and color coded for easy reference. Within those state listings are these hidden gems' details.
Let's look at Arkansas for example. Want to visit a historic Southern cotton plantation?Read more ›
I had to return the orignal two I received because they were poorly packaged and the spines were torn and ruined on both by the time I received it. I must say, however, that Amazon gets 5 stars for customer service. The return was no cost to me and they even shipped new books right away rather than waiting to receive my damaged books. Sadly, the new books were shipped in poor packaging, too, but they weren't damaged.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Found more thing in my state than I knew. Will start here and work out.Published 6 days ago by Harry E Hall
This was an update from a previous edition. Through the years we have found many interesting and worthwhile things to see and do. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Susan Adams
it was a gift for my husband for father's day. He loved looking through it and planning new trips to placesPublished 14 days ago by karkey78
Too funny - this is a reference book and Amazon asked me to rate it as if it were a novel ... "Predictable, Some twists, Full of surprises? Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer