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500 thoughtfully chosen treasures that will inspire and enlighten travelers of all ages

This book enables passionate travelers and the eco-conscious to learn about and plan a visit to see rare cultural, historic, and natural places before they are irrevocably altered or even gone forever. Included are one-of-a-kind landscapes, fragile ecosystems, rare bird habitats, places to see the last remaining species of big game in the wild, cityscapes in peril, vanishing cultural kitsch, ...

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Overview

500 thoughtfully chosen treasures that will inspire and enlighten travelers of all ages

This book enables passionate travelers and the eco-conscious to learn about and plan a visit to see rare cultural, historic, and natural places before they are irrevocably altered or even gone forever. Included are one-of-a-kind landscapes, fragile ecosystems, rare bird habitats, places to see the last remaining species of big game in the wild, cityscapes in peril, vanishing cultural kitsch, petroglyphs, and more. This Second Edition offers new reviews and updates on such topics as the Gulf Coast after the BP oil spill, the effects of earthquakes in Asia and Haiti, and improvements and progress in the fight to preserve threatened places.

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This global travel guide might be regarded as the flip side of Workman's Places to See Before You Die series. Each of the 500 cultural, historic, and natural destinations described in this Frommer's release stands in peril from some human or environmental threat. Fortunately, Holly Hughes's unconventional book doesn't dwell on extinction; with a keen eye and deep sensitivity, she describes each place's unique qualities and appeal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118046005
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/29/2011
  • Series: 500 Places Series , #27
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Duchaine has been a freelance writer for the past 25 years. Most recently, she contributed to Frommer's 500 Extraordinary Islands, Frommer's 500 Places for Food & Wine Lovers, and Frommer's 500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up. She lives in Milwaukee.

Holly Hughes has traveled the globe as an editor and a writer—she's the former executive editor of Fodor's Travel Publications, the series editor of Frommer's Irreverent Guides, and author of Frommer's New York City with Kids. She's also written fiction for middle graders and edits the annual Best Food Writing anthology. New York City makes a convenient jumping-off place for her travels with her three children and husband.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 One-of-a-Kind Landscapes 1

Ecosystems in Peril 2

Fragile Treasures  12

10 Places for Dark Sky  14

Man-Made Damage 19

Chapter 2 The Last of Their Kind 25

By Sea 26

By Land 34

By Air 49

10 Places to Sight Big Game  56

Chapter 3 Islands 63

Islands at Risk 64

Singular & Separate 74

10 Places to See Coral Reefs  80

Wildlife Sanctuaries 84

Chapter 4 Where Sea Meets Shore 98

Shorelines in Trouble 99

Mangroves 108

10 Disappearing Beaches  112

Coastal Marshes 115

Wildlife at Water's Edge 120

Dramatic Coasts 124

Chapter 5 Let The River Run 131

All Dammed Up 132

Down on the Delta 142

Swamps & Bayous 147

10 Places to See Piping Plovers Nest  152

Along the Banks 155

Chapter 6 Forest & Jungle 163

Trees of Life 164

Into the Woods 168

Rainforests 185

Chapter 7 Mountains 196

Shrinking Glaciers 197

High Wilderness 205

Alpine Flowers 214

10 Places Where the Bighorns Still Climb  220

Volcanoes 222

Chapter 8 Prairie, Plain & Desert 229

Prairie Wildlife 230

Coastal Plains 241

10 Places to See North American Prairie  248

Desert 251

Chapter 9 Ancient Ruins 257

Cave Dwellers 258

10 Places to See Petroglyphs  264

Fortresses & Ceremonial Sites 266

Cradle of Civilization 272

10 Places to See Stone Circles  276

Legendary Cities 278

Birth of the New World 284

Chapter 10 Crumbling Landmarks 294

Classical Relics 295

Middle Ages 304

Historic Homes 313

10 Battlefields to Fight For  314

Chapter 11 Cityscapes 326

Cities in Peril 327

10 Last-of-Their-Kind Towns  336

Traditional Ways of Living 343

Neighborhoods in Transition 350

10 Unique Accommodations  362

Chapter 12 Holy Places 368

Ancient Temples 369

Seats of Religion 376

Pilgrimage Sites 384

Churches 389

10 Prehistoric Mounds to Visit  396

Haunting Memorials 400

Chapter 13 Neglected Moderns 405

Industrial Age 406

10 All-American Lighthouses  414

Historic Spots 417

10 Classic Movie Palaces  422

Chapter 14 Disposable Culture 427

Sports Shrines 428

Entertainment 432

Roadside Relics 440

10 Signs That Go Blink in the Night  446

Vintage Hotels & Motels 448

Resource Index 454

Index 457

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  • Posted December 4, 2008

    What I learned by writing this book: A word from the co-author

    Working on this book with Holly Hughes was a valuable reminder about the beauty and diversity of the planet we call home. <BR/><BR/>I¿ve been writing about environmental issues for years. It¿s a subject I love. But the environment is so much in the news these days that it¿s easy to begin thinking of it as a kind of abstract concept, or to focus so much on a specific threat or a single endangered species that we lose site of the big picture.<BR/><BR/>This travel guide showcases 500 of the most unusual and intriguing places on Earth¿from unique natural landscapes and wildlife habitats to ancient manmade monuments and historic cities. Each one is threatened in some way by human activity or environmental forces, and each one is irreplaceable. <BR/><BR/>Reading this book will be a pleasure. You will learn about fascinating places in every part of the world, how and why they are at risk, and what is being done to protect them. Inevitably, your travel ¿wish list¿ will grow longer. Like all good travel guides, ¿Frommer¿s 500 Places to See Before They Disappear¿ will make you want to pack your bags, and will provide the information you need to plan and complete your journey. <BR/><BR/>But ¿Frommer¿s 500 Places to See Before They Disappear¿ is more than an exceptional travel guide, it¿s also a wake-up call about the fragile nature of our global ecosystem and the importance of preserving the places we treasure.

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