Fodor's Essential USA Spectacular Cities, Natural Wonders, and Great American Road Trips

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With millions of acres of amber waves of grain and a myriad of purple mountains majesty to choose from, selecting a vacation destination in the United States can be overwhelming. That’s why Fodor’s USA focuses on the best trips from sea to shining sea—-from the vineyards of Napa Valley to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee to the streets of Manhattan. Each section contains all of the crucial information that readers have come to expect from...

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Overview

With millions of acres of amber waves of grain and a myriad of purple mountains majesty to choose from, selecting a vacation destination in the United States can be overwhelming. That’s why Fodor’s USA focuses on the best trips from sea to shining sea—-from the vineyards of Napa Valley to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee to the streets of Manhattan. Each section contains all of the crucial information that readers have come to expect from Fodor’s, including the best of the best in hotels, attractions, and restaurants.

Highlights Include:
·A selective approach, focusing on the best trips.
·Evocative itineraries that highlight the best that each destination has to offer and give travelers the freedom to choose among routes.
·Inspirational yet practical, this is a guide that readers can flip through at home to select their trip—-as well as take along to use when they’re on their vacation.
·Cultural close-ups give readers a comprehensive picture of each region, including its claims to fame, favorite foods, and local lingo.
Planning tools, including routes linking multiple destinations, tips for what to see en route, and restaurant and hotel listings for “stopover cities,” help travelers plan unforgettable road trips.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400007202
  • Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Series: Fodor's Gold Guides Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 5.12 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents

About this Book ............ 7
Quintessential USA ............ 10
If You Like ............ 12
7 Mistakes Not to Make on Your Next Family Road Trip ............ 14
Great Itineraries ............ 16

Chapter 1: The Maine Coast ............ 19
Exploring the Maine Coast ............ 20
Best Bets ............ 25

Chapter 2: Boston ............ 37
Exploring Boston ............ 38
Best Bets ............ 45

Chapter 3: Cape Cod ............ 57
Exploring Cape Cod ............ 58
Best Bets ............ 64

Chapter 4: New York City ............ 75
Exploring New York City ............ 76
Best Bets ............ 83

Chapter 5: Niagara Falls ............ 101
Exploring Niagara Falls ............ 102
Best Bets ............ 106

Chapter 6: Philadelphia ............ 113
Exploring Philadelphia ............ 114
Best Bets ............ 122

Chapter 7: Washington, D.C. ............ 131
Exploring Washington, D.C. ............ 132
Best Bets ............ 139

Chapter 8: North Carolina’s Outer Banks ............ 153
Exploring North Carolina’s Outer Banks ............ 154
Best Bets ............ 160

Chapter 9: Charleston & Savannah ............ 167
Exploring Charleston & Savannah ............ 168
Best Bets ............ 177

Chapter 10: Orlando & the Space Coast ............ 185
Exploring Orlando & the Space Coast ............ 186
Best Bets ............ 192

Chapter 11: Miami & the Florida Keys ............ 203
Exploring Miami & the Florida Keys ............ 204
Best Bets ............ 212

Chapter 12: Kentucky Bluegrass Country ............ 221
Exploring Kentucky Bluegrass Country ............ 222
Best Bets ............ 227

Chapter 13: Tennessee ............ 233
Exploring Tennessee ............ 234
Best Bets ............ 243

Chapter 14: The Ozarks ............ 251
Exploring the Ozarks ............ 252
Best Bets ............ 258

Chapter 15: New Orleans ............ 265
Exploring New Orleans ............ 266
Best Bets ............ 272

Chapter 16: The Texas Hill Country ............ 283
Exploring the Texas Hill Country ............ 284
Best Bets ............ 291

Chapter 17: Chicago ............ 301
Exploring Chicago ............ 302
Best Bets ............ 308

Chapter 18: Minneapolis & St. Paul ............ 321
Exploring Minneapolis & St. Paul ............ 322
Best Bets ............ 330

Chapter 19: South Dakota’s Black Hills ............ 337
Exploring South Dakota’s Black Hills ............ 338
Best Bets ............ 344

Chapter 20: Western Montana ............ 351
Exploring Western Montana ............ 352
Best Bets ............ 361

Chapter 21: Yellowstone National Park ............ 367
Exploring Yellowstone & Grand Teton ............ 368
Best Bets ............ 374

Chapter 22: The Colorado Rockies ............ 383
Exploring the Colorado Rockies ............ 384
Best Bets ............ 391

Chapter 23: Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque ............ 401
Exploring Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque ............ 402
Best Bets ............ 410

Chapter 24: Salt Lake City ............ 419
Exploring Salt Lake City ............ 420
Best Bets ............ 425

Chapter 25: Southern Utah ............ 433
Exploring Southern Utah ............ 434
Best Bets ............ 441

Chapter 26: Grand Canyon National Park ............ 451
Exploring Grand Canyon National Park ............ 452
Best Bets ............ 460

Chapter 27: Phoenix ............ 467
Exploring Phoenix ............ 468
Best Bets ............ 473

Chapter 28: Las Vegas ............ 485
Exploring Las Vegas ............ 486
Best Bets ............ 497

Chapter 29: The California Deserts ............ 507
Exploring The California Deserts ............ 508
Best Bets ............ 516

Chapter 30: Los Angeles & San Diego ............ 525
Exploring Los Angeles & San Diego ............ 526
Best Bets ............ 533

Chapter 31: Yosemite National Park ............ 553
Exploring Yosemite ............ 554
Best Bets ............ 560

Chapter 32: San Francisco ............ 571
Exploring San Francisco ............ 572
Best Bets ............ 579

Chapter 33: Lake Tahoe ............ 593
Exploring Lake Tahoe ............ 594
Best Bets ............ 600

Chapter 34: Portland ............ 609
Exploring Portland ............ 610
Best Bets ............ 618

Chapter 35: Seattle ............ 625
Exploring Seattle ............ 626
Best Bets ............ 635

Chapter 36: Along the Way ............ 643
Amarillo, Texas ............ 644
Atlanta, Georgia ............ 644
Baltimore, Maryland ............ 645
Charlotte, North Carolina ............ 646
Cheyenne, Wyoming ............ 647
Cincinnati, Ohio ............ 648
Cleveland, Ohio ............ 649
Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas ............ 650
Detroit, Michigan ............ 651
Houston, Texas ............ 652
Jacksonville, Florida ............ 653
Kansas City, Missouri ............ 654
Milwaukee, Wisconsin ............ 655
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ............ 656
Providence, Rhode Island ............ 657
Sacramento, California ............ 658
St. Louis, Missouri ............ 659

USA Essentials ............ 661
Getting Started ............ 662
Booking Your Trip ............ 664
Transportation ............ 667
On The Ground ............ 670

Index ............ 671

Maps
Contiguous United States ............ 8—9
Maine Coast Map ............ 22
Boston ............ 40—41
Cape Cod ............ 61
Downtown New York City ............ 79
Midtown to Harlem ............ 80
Niagara Falls ............ 104
The Historic Area & Penn’s Landing ............ 116—117
Lancaster County ............ 118
The Mall ............ 134
The Outer Banks of North Carolina ............ 156
Downtown Charleston ............ 170
Savannah Historic District ............ 172
Orlando Area ............ 188
The Space Coast ............ 190
Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove & Key Biscayne ............ 206
Florida Keys ............ 208
Kentucky Bluegrass Country ............ 224
Tennessee ............ 236
Great Smoky Mountains National Park ............ 238
Ozarks Region ............ 255
French Quarter ............ 269
Texas Hill Country ............ 287
Chicago ............ 304
Greater Minneapolis & St. Paul ............ 324
South Dakota’s Black Hills ............ 340
Northwest Montana ............ 354
Southwest Montana ............ 356
Yellowstone National Park ............ 370
Denver ............ 386
Boulder ............ 388
Downtown Santa Fe ............ 404
Taos ............ 406
Albuquerque Old Town ............ 408
Downtown Salt Lake City ............ 422
Park City & Environs ............ 424
Southwestern Utah ............ 436
Southeastern Utah ............ 438
Grand Canyon South Rim ............ 454
Grand Canyon Village & the Rim Trail ............ 456
Phoenix ............ 470
The Strip ............ 489
Death Valley ............ 510
Palm Springs & the Southern Desert ............ 512
Mojave Desert ............ 514
Los Angeles ............ 529
San Diego ............ 530
Yosemite ............ 556
San Francisco ............ 574
Wine Country ............ 576
Lake Tahoe map ............ 596
Downtown Portland, the Pearl District & Old Town/ Chinatown ............ 612
Willamette Valley & Wine Country ............ 614
Downtown Seattle ............ 628
Western Washington ............ 630

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    This long-overdue book was invaluable on our recent vacation in the West.

    I ordered this book just before our recent vacation in Arizona and Utah and found it invaluable. I just wish it had been available years ago (for me, it is so much easier to travel with one comprehensive book rather than multiple regional guides, especially when flying). Over the years, I had found similar guides for Europe but not the US. And it makes a wonderful gift.

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