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Title:Lonely Planet USA's Best Trips (Regional Travel Guide)
Authors:Sara Benson
Other authors:Amy Balfour, Alison Bing, Jennifer Denniston, Lisa Dunford, Alex Leviton4 more, David Ozanich, Danny Palmerlee, Brandon Presser, Karla Zimmerman
Info:Lonely Planet (2010), Edition: 1, Paperback, 708 pages
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Lonely Planet USA's Best Trips by Sara Benson



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Lonely Planet`s new offering, `USA's Best Trips: 99 Themed Itineraries Across America,' is a great start to planning a road trip of any length. The 712 page guide categorizes trips by location, theme (routes, food and drink, outdoors, history and culture, offbeat), and by season.

This is more a planning guide than a detailed trip guide. While trips and interest sites are briefly described, the plan-ahead traveler will often need a more detailed guide to decide on hotels, restaurants, etc. However, this is a great place to begin one's plans.

The most effective way I know to evaluate a travel guide is to read the sections on places that I know well. As a frequent visitor to the Smokies, I agree with most of their suggestions for the area. My only quibble is the suggestion to visit the park in September and October; the foliage may be at its peak, but unfortunately, at least on weekends, traffic moves v-e-r-y slowly across the mountains as everyone turns into a leaf peeper. And as a native New Orleanian, I can also agree that their suggestions for the Crescent City hold true.

`USA's Best Trips' also contains maps, information from local `experts' (for me, the least interesting aspect of the guide), regional music play lists, child and pet friendly options, and a green index.

The bottom line: Four Stars. A great book for the armchair traveler or those who are deciding where to go, but more detailed information will be needed once a route has been selected.

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  dianaleez | Oct 13, 2010 |
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WHY GO   Got the Mule Skinner Blues?  Then grab your fiddle and hightail it to western Virginia for a toe-tappin', knee-slappin', good time at the historic country, bluegrass and "old time" music venues that speckle the landscape between the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountain ranges.
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TRAVEL & HOLIDAY GUIDES. Covers the continental USA - including Alaska. This title also contains a 24-page colour section that introduces the themes and regions with various photographs.

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