- Verlag: Lonely Planet Publications Ltd (1. Mai 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 174220001X
- ISBN-13: 978-1742200019
- ASIN: B0092I42KA
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Discover USA 1 by Louis, Regis St. ( Author ) ON May-01-2012, Paperback (Englisch)
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Good text and city sight listing
Good for those looking for a brief overview of traveling the USA
Lacking in depth
My take is that this guide is written for someone not from the United States who wants a quick overview on what to see and do. Besides the grating omission of serial commas which makes it hard to figure out what is being paired with what, the layers of adjectives for everything are simply a disingenuous tactic to suggest there are not wrong choices, and every activity will be the greatest thing ever. The 50,000 foot historical overviews of American history manage to trivialize events and attractions without really compellingly making a case for why anyone should want to see them.
One of the worst oversights of this book is that is offers absolutely no advice on which attractions, modes of transportation, or itineraries are wheelchair of handicapped accessible, instead sending travelers with disabilities to a list of websites most already likely have bookmarked anyway.
Note that the selected areas largely skip the entire center of the country as well as Atlanta. It is not that Atlanta teems with must-see destinations as much as the fact that the busies airport in the United States is there, and people trying to get to any of the suggested places in the southeastern part of the country are very likely to have to get there from Atlanta.
Grab this book as a starting point if you are researching a trip and want some reference points but don't stash it as your only guide if you are packing light.
This is an attractive book, with glossy pages, color-coded sections, and lots of pictures. I see it as being most useful to a person from outside the US who is still trying to decide what part of the US to visit. And, I would restrict that potential audience even further by saying that the book would be most useful to those who prefer a vacation focusing on urban areas. The guidebook does include information about visiting some national parks and other outdoor activities, but the emphasis is definitely on urban tourism.
Because this book focuses on selected highlights, there are huge chunks of the US that are ignored or get only a brief mention. I don't think that is necessarily a fault for what I perceive as the intended audience. You can't see everything, even on a 4-6 week vacation, and the places that the book does recommend are all places that I would also recommend. However, I was interested in this book because one of the things I hope to do after I retire is see the USA - all of it. So, for me, this book will not be nearly as useful as the regular Lonely Planet USA guidebook, which I also own and like much better.
Evaluating the guidebook strictly on whether or not it will be useful for what I see as the intended audience, I only have one significant complaint and that is with the suggested itineraries, which stuff way too much into too little time - sort of the US equivalent of those often mocked whirlwind "10 cities in 5 days"-type tours of Europe. Also, this guidebook alone is not sufficient for planning your trip. Use this to decide where you want to go, then add other resources to firm up the details.
This is a densely packed book but in an easy to carry 5" x 7 3/4" x 1" size. The edges of the pages are color coded to match the major areas of the U.S. Also, the side edges of each page remind you of the section name so you don't get lost in the book. Each section starts with "Highlights" and "Best of", then moves into suggested "Itineraries" and top cities or areas that most people may want to see. Just inside (page 8) is a full map of the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii followed by a list of the "Top 25 Experiences".
Next is the "USA's Top 10 Itineraries", then a "Month to Month" of exciting things to do across the country. Do you like jazz? Then in April you need to be in New Orleans, LA or in July you need to be in Port Townsend, WA. Is other music your interest? Then you need to be in Austin, TX in March for the South by Southwest festival, then head to Chicago in June for the Blues Festival. These items and more await you!
This book is more than just a tourist guide of places. There is information on activities for everyone from books, to films, bikes and hikes, museums and art shows, and lots of festivals, and more. For the international traveler, there is information on weather conditions, currency, mobile phones, and cultural customs, and more.
The back section of the book has historical information, planning for family travel, and more on arts and culture. There is even a section called "Survival Guide" that goes into electrical/power use in the U.S. (for international travelers), gay/lesbian travelers, traveling with animals/pets, traveling with disabilities, public holidays, and much more.
This is just an excellent and really well done resource to help anyone "experience the best of the USA".
Like a lot of folks here in the good old US of A, I think the States provide a lot of vacation opportunities, particularly in a recessionary period where travel abroad seems a little pricey. This compact, colorful guide book provides a lot of good ideas about possible destinations. Of course, the United States is a pretty big place, so if you get serious about a particular locale -- Seattle, the Grand Canyon, whatever -- you'll probably want to get more detailed information from other sources, perhaps online or in other books.
I thought this was a pretty good book - I enjoyed the tone of the writing and the graphics are lively and expressive. I did have some trouble, though, with its organization and with an editorial slant that overemphasizes some destinations (way too much about Florida and Miami) and short-changes other areas, particularly the heartland regions of the South and the Midwest.
The book is organized by regions rather than states, and in this arrangement, the coasts and the mountains get a lot of love, but all the stuff in between looks a little fuzzy. Sensing some omissions, I turned to the index pages and discovered many states had no entries: of course I thought this was because they had been left out entirely (what?? no Kansas! no Georgia?!) but with what seemed like an undue amount of labor, I was able to determine that many (though not all) states were actually included in the book, just by specific cities or attractions, not under the state itself. I suppose the editors feel that this approach feels less boring than the old-school guide books of generations gone by, but I will offer this as a consumer interested in using this book to plan a car trip or two: it would be nice to know what state I'm in. Anyway, this is the kind of book that can fire up your imagination, and for some destinations might provide most of the into you'd need, but in many cases you'd need more to help get you off the beaten road. (DJ Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)