1,000 Places To See Before You Die Book Review And Giveaway

1000 Places To See Before You Die

1,000 Places To See Before You Die * New * Full-Color * Second Edition

  • Author: Patricia Schultz
  • Reading level: Adult non-fiction reference
  • Paperback: 1,200 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0-7611-5686-4
  • SRP: $19.95

No doubt about it, I have seen America first. With 46 down and four to go (Alaska, Oregon, Kansas, and Nebraska), I am always on the lookout for savvy travel tips. Let’s face it, it takes good planning to make a successful trip. One must pick and choose carefully. There is neither enough time and/or money just to go-go-go. That’s where books like the #1 New York Times bestseller 1,000 Places To See Before You Die comes in. It is exactly what it is tagged as, a traveler’s life list.

Contents include Europe, Africa, The Middle East, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Bermuda and, most importantly for me, the United States of America and Canada.

As I began reading this book, I asked myself, “How can I fairly evaluate what it says about places to which I have never been?” I decided I would focus on places I had visited. I am a city girl. I enjoy urban life so that is where I begin. Metropolitan San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Charleston are the best–something for everyone and anyone. I frequent places like close by Cape May and New York City, the Finger Lakes, Walt Disney World, and New Orleans by choice. Why? They are my favorites. Just remember thee is more, much more.

What vistas the Badlands, the Black Hills, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, the Pacific Coast Highway, Oahu and Maui provide! What scenic wonders the Florida Keys, the Everglades, the Chesapeake Bay, the Hudson Valley, and Saratoga Springs give! What heights the Grand Tetons, the Smoky Mountains, the Adirondacks, the Catskills, and the Berkshires show! What history Mystic Seaport, Gettysburg, Colonial Williamsburg, Kennedy Space Center, Roswell, and Route 66 hold! What entertainment Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Graceland, the Grand Ole Opry, the Daytona Speedway, Jackson Hole, Las Vegas, and the San Diego Zoo bring! (Every one of those !!!!! shows strong positive pleasant memories and no disappointments. I think that’s a pretty good recommendation for these short trip stops.)

If Chevrolet was still using its jingle, “See the U. S. A. in your Chevrolet,” I’d be a living advertisement. But, to be fair, I have ventured outside America to our neighbor to the north on occasion. . It’s strange seeing what we might be if the Revolutionary War had not been. Tourist meccas like Quebec, Montreal, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Vancouver and the Pacific Rim are eye-popping.

I appreciate 1,000 Places for its organization, excellent index, factual information, descriptions, travel tips, and recommendations–all professionally stated and solid on target. My only criticism of it is that it needs more and bigger pictures in the book itself to tell its casual reader, “Pick me. Pick me.” Be sure to explore the App www.1000Places.com.

Here is a brief video trailer for the book.


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