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Lonely Planet USA (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet USA (Travel Guide) [Kindle Edition]

Lonely Planet , Regis St Louis , Amy C Balfour , Sara Benson , Michael Grosberg , Adam Karlin , Mariella Krause , Adam Skolnick , Ryan Ver Berkmoes , Karla Zimmerman
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The most comprehensive guidebook to the USA


Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet USA is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Gaze into the mile-deep chasm of the Grand Canyon, tap into the pulse of iconic cities like New York, or let sultry southern music and food stir your soul; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the USA and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's USA Travel Guide:

  • Full-color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including history, art, literature, cinema, music, architecture, politics, landscapes, national parks, wildlife, cuisine and wine
  • Over 90 color maps
  • Coverage of New England, New York, the Mid-Atlantic, Florida, the South, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Texas, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, California, Alaska, Hawaii, and more

eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones)

  • Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges
  • Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews
  • Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience
  • Seamlessly flip between pages
  • Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash
  • Embedded links to recommendations' websites
  • Zoom-in maps and images
  • Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet USA, our most comprehensive guide to the USA, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less traveled.

  • Looking for just the highlights of the USA? Check out Lonely Planet's Discover USA, a photo-rich guide to the country's most popular attractions.
  • Looking for a guide focused on New York City, San Francisco or Los Angeles? Check out Lonely Planet's New York City guide, San Francisco guide, and Los Angeles, San Diego & Southern California guide for a comprehensive look at what each of these cities has to offer;Discover New York City or Discover San Francisco, photo-rich guides focused on these cities' most popular sights; or Lonely Planet's Pocket New York City, Pocket San Francisco, and Pocket Los Angeles guides, handy-sized guides focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Regis St Louis, Amy C Balfour, Sandra Bao, Michael Benanav, Greg Benchwick, Sara Benson, Alison Bing, Catherine Bodry, Celeste Brash, Georgia Clark, Lisa Dunford, Ned Friary, Michael Grosberg, Paula Hardy, Adam Karlin, Mariella Krause, Carolyn McCarthy, Chris Pitts, Brendan Sainsbury, Caroline Sieg, Adam Skolnick, Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Mara Vorhees, and Karla Zimmerman.

About Lonely Planet: Since in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel content company with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travelers to experience the world and get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.


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0 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
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Leider bietet er nur sehr uninteressante Tipps und wenig zusammenhängende Routen. Hat mir auf meiner zweimonatigen USA Reise kaum genützt und ist daher nicht wirklich zu empfehlen. Die typischen Lonely Planet Insider Tipps und interessanten Fakten fehlen auch fast völlig.
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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen does what it tries to do, but not for everyone 20. Juni 2014
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This is a traditional Lonely Planet book, now in its 8th edition. It gives you broad and even coverage of the whole country in 1200 pages. Obviously, the USA is a large country with interesting things to see and do all over the place, so no portable book is going to have complete coverage of the whole country. This book just gives you the biggest highlights and expects you to fill in the gaps through exploring on your own or from other sources. If you're going to be spending an extended period of time (like one of those 6 week vacations that we hear about Europeans having) and you want to save weight by only carrying one guidebook, then this one is as good as any. To save space, this book has few pictures and small type. It is really more of an outline than a detailed travel guide. Once you hit the highlights in a city or state, you can expand your visit by learning from the locals (or from the Internet). Or you can pick up additional more detailed books along the way and give them away when you leave the city.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great for browsing, perhaps not enough detail for trips. 10. Juli 2014
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The only way I know to review this book is to look up some towns and cities that I know well and see how well they are covered.

The best thing about this Lonely Planet guide is the succinct descriptions of the locales at the beginning of each entry. If you are trying to decide between different places to visit, these descriptions can give a real feel for the type of place each city/town is.

Sacramento is a city I know well. Its entry starts with a great description that feels pretty spot-on. It then lists five sites, followed by hotels and restaurants. There isn't much else. After the mention in the introduction of "interesting...culture" and an "arts scene" downtown, more details would have been appropriate.

I've been to Philadelphia many times, and its entry is ten times longer (32 columns to Sacramento's three). Both entries list museums and parks, but Philadelphia's includes listings for architecture, outdoor markets, theaters, etc. It's a great city, and it deserves the lengthy coverage, but it does make me think Sacramento got short shrift.

I suppose this is the result of bringing together writing from 24 different travel writers. Most of the entries (I assume) are edited down from longer coverage in area guidebooks. The editors try to give a fair balance, but it isn't perfect.

The best use of this book would be for browsing, to decide which places you might want to visit. You will ultimately want to buy more detailed guides for the areas you decide to go.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen California + South Dakota: two places spot-checked 5. Juli 2014
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I spot-checked this for a place I knew well and one I wanted to visit. I've used the Lonely Planet Guidebooks for Ireland, Great Britain (Discover) and Europe (Discover) lately, so I knew the general pattern. Top experiences, regional progression, two-tone pages, good maps, snappy tone, concise references, and a bit on the culture and context, along with travel tips. Sleeping, eating, drinking, getting there and away all are included, as well as a handy map of estimated travel times on all of the big interstates.

For my Californian native perspective, I found the coverage a lively mix of familiar places with, once in a while, a museum I would not have thought to visit or recommend. Even the restaurants have some quirky picks, and they recommend wisely some great places from a variety of price ranges, always a plus, whenever suitable. You get the historic tidbits, if brief in such a large guidebook of 1200 pages. Still, for all its heft, it is a compact size and fits well in two hands as a reference easy to stash away.

However, the map of San Francisco, even if highlight-yellow accentuates streets, left that one of Van Ness absent of its name, and on the state map, some highways had shields indicating the state routes but no numbers! Small mistakes, but still, if one travels, one may need such information, after all. On the other hand, the text may well explain the signs and places. The city maps do have some color for districts and sightseeing grids and the yellow tone does emphasize the usual routes to navigate.

For a place I did not know, South Dakota, the map is helpful for orientation and the ten or so pages pack in the main cities and tourist destinations, places to stay, what to know about accommodations when bikers hit Sturgis, and how the show compares to the town of Deadwood itself. There's even a pitch for the Wall Drug Store as a must-see sight, unsurprisingly or not.

I liked the musical and literary and ecological appendices. I always read these as they offer a personal angle on the nation or area reviewed. For music, we get a sidebar of one-hit wonders, one of literary recluses, a nudge to read the James Lovelock book on the Gaia hypothesis, and even a reminder (I second it via my own review last Sept. 2013) of "Bleeding Edge" by one of the recluses, Thomas Pynchon. Such unexpected recommendations infuse this and it's fun for armchair or real travelers, again.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A good general reference for traveling the entire country 25. Juni 2014
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This is a good general-purpose reference for traveling within the US, as you would expect from Lonely Planet. The coverage is pretty vast but not incredibly deep. It mentions many different restaurants, sites, hotels, etc., but doesn't give any of them more than a brief synopsis to get one interested. It's really a guide for those who don't want have the time to research or read in-depth guides of a particular location. While I certainly understand the utility of this, at the same time, I also wonder how useful such a tome will be for most people. Unless you are truly taking a year off to travel around the country, chances are you have a week or two to explore an area or if you're lucky a couple of areas within the country. I say this because inevitably books like this will become dated to various extents after a few years. The part of the country I live in (the DC Metro region) seems to a lot over just a 5-10 year period, let alone a longer one, with tons more development, business closing and new ones opening. Certainly there are many parts of the country where the rate of change is much slower, but still, I would think that after just a few years one might need to buy a more up to date version of this. You simply aren't going to use most of the information in here within that time unless you are retired and traveling across the US!

The book boasts "inspirational images, 3D illustrations" but really the book is so small that it's probably going to be better to view such imagery on a tablet, which will have a larger screen but probably weigh the same or less than this book.

So, yes, it's a good general guide for almost every part of the US, but as such it does have to leave out quite a few things, even while listing (mostly pretty briefly), a plethora of stuff to do, see, eat, etc. A good place to start perhaps, and to generate ideas for further deeper research about what might be most interesting to do in and worth the time to explore more thoroughly.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Encyclopaedic travel guide to the USA 17. Juli 2014
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It's difficult to write a USA travel book simply because of size and scope without the book being 10,000 pages. At over 1200 pages, Lonely Planet USA is a solid book for planning a multiple month long trip throughout the USA or if you need a coffee table book to inspire wanderlust in the US.

Overall the book is well laid out. Maps are typical Lonely Planet clean and well-labeled and the book is well organized. There's a fair amount of cultural background and history which actually surprised me. I did some spotchecking of places I've been and it's pretty accurate. I thought the Chicago section did a good job at covering the city and doing a fair job at giving you an idea of what to see and do. Naturally I didn't expect a thorough exploration of every city and I expected things would be left out for the sake of size. Same with my spotchecking of the Pacific Northwest and Florida - regional highlights with the understanding that things would be left out. It'll give me an idea of what to see and do but I'd still want more local information and to do research.

So who's this book for? If I were doing a month long tour of the USA for my first time here, this would be a great starting point to flush out the highlights and see what's feasible. Even armchair domestic tourists would find this a decent book to go through to generate ideas. Obviously this book is wide in breadth and not deep, but will at least get you started in planning or even thinking about a trip in the US. At the same time, this book isn't comprehensive, nor should you expect it to be.

3.5 stars.
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