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A travel destination that is still rather out of the way, this former kingdom and, later, province of
Yugoslavia, is now independent and gaining ground as a beautiful location for Europe fans eager for new places to go. By all means,
take this handsome guide with you.
The Bronx: The Ultimate Guide to New York City’s Beautiful Borough. By Lloyd Ultan and Shelley Olson. Rutgers Univ., paper, $24.95 (9780813573199).
You’ve done Manhattan, of course, and covered Brooklyn pretty well. Now try the Bronx, and this indispensable guide shows off that borough to its best advantage.
Cape Scott and the North Coast Trail: Hiking Vancouver Island’s Wildest Coast. By Maria Bremmer. Partners Publishers Group, $ (9781550176919).
Need a new venue for hiking and camping? But one that is a top-quality in exciting experiences as you are used to? Look no further than this well-illustrated, comprehensive guide to hiking the north coast of Vancouver Island.
The Cognoscenti’s Guide to Florence: Shop and Eat like a Florentine. By Louise Fili and Lise Apatoff. Princeton Architectural, paper, $15.95 (9781616893217).
The authors guide tourists to the incomparable Tuscan city by way of eight walks, in the process visiting more than 70 of the best shops that native Florentines hold in high regard. The book is compact in size and alluringly illustrated.
Cultural History Guides (Interlink, paper).Brittany. $15 (9781566560887).New York. 3d ed. $15 (9781566567107).
These guides continue to be very informative for pre- or post-travel reading.
Drink London: The 100 Best Bars and Pubs. By Euan Ferguson. Quarto, $14.99 (9780711235816).
Condensed, beautifully illustrated, and brimming with great enthusiasm, this delightful guide sends the London tourist to the door of 100 outstanding drinking establishments in the English capital.
Falcon Guides (Rowman & Littlefield, paper).Field Guide: Southern Rocky Mountain Wildflowers. $19.95 (9780762784783).Nature Guide: Yosemite National Park. $16.95 (9780762781614).Where to Camp: Camping Utah. $19.95 (9780762783533).Where to Climb: Best Climbs Los Angeles. $24.95 (9780762796328).Where to Climb: Rock Climbing: The San Francisco Bay Area. $30 (9780762786671)Where to Hike: Best Hikes Near Colorado Springs. $19.95 (9780762780778).Where to Hike: Hiking the Four Corners. $21.95 (9780762791941).Where to Hike: Hiking Pinnacles National Park. $22.95 (9781493000098).Where to Paddle: Paddling Wisconsin. $22.95 (9780762738281).Where to Walk: San Francisco. $14.95 (9780762796007).
There is absolutely nothing wrong with a relaxing vacation on the beach or a vacation devoted to visiting great museums, but these gorgeously and helpfully illustrated guides, pulsing with energy, show just how stimulating it is to be out in nature and observing and absorbing the wonders of all you can take in visually.
Field Guide to Oregon Rivers. By Tim Palmer. Oregon State Univ., paper, $24.95 (9780870716270).
The best way to participate in Oregon’s network of rivers and streams is to utilize this guide to 120 waterways throughout the state, exploring by canoe or raft or by hiking along the shore.
Fodor Guides (Random/Penguin, paper).Caribbean. $24.99 (9780804142625).Essential Europe: The Best of 24 Exceptional Countries. 2d ed. $24.99 (9780804142106).New England. 31st ed. $23.99 (9780804142175).Southern California: With Central Coast, Yosemite, Los Angeles & San Diego. $19.99 (9780804142793).Spain. $25.99 (9780804142786).
Information is comprehensive and well ordered, wrapped in sprightly prose, all geared to ensuring the tourist has the most edifying, enjoyable visit possible.
The Great Loop Experience: From Concept to Completion. By George and Patricia and Hospodar. Atlantic, paper, $24.96 (9781601389404).
As complete a guide as could be asked for, this one is for instructing sailors of their own boats over the “great loop,” the connected inland waterways that circle from Florida all the way to Canada and back again.
Ireland’s Best Walks: A Walking Guide. By Helen Fairbairn. Dufour, paper, $27 (9781848892118).
The Emerald Isle is nothing if not staggeringly beautiful, and its varied gorgeousness, from coastline to mountains to valleys, can best be experienced on foot; more than 60 long and short one-day walks are followed in this essential guidebook.
London for Lovers: Romantic Days and Nights out in the City. By Sam Hodges and Sophie Vickers. IPG, paper, $26.95 (9780224095525).
This charming, well-illustrated guide takes loves to all kinds of romantic locations and institutions and walks through the vast and never static British capital.
Lonely Planet (Lonely Planet, paper).
An Innocent Abroad: Life-Changing Trips from 35 Great Writers. Ed. by Don George. $15.99 (9781743603604).Best in Travel: 2015. $14.99 (9781743603628).The Best Place to Be Today: 365 Things to Do and the Perfect Day to Do Them. $19.99 (9781743601655).The World. $29.99 (9781743600658).
Lonely Planet guides have been touted for a long time for comprehensive, no-nonsense information, and these three new titles join their series partners in full sail of helpfulness.
National Geographic Guides (National Geographic). Abroad at Home: 600 Best International Travel Experiences in North America. paper, $24.95 (9781426214998).Journeys Home: Inspiring Stories, Plus Tips & Strategies to Find Your Family History. $26 (9781426213816).
We’ve come to expect NatGeo travel guides to be arrestingly—no, beautifully—illustrated, which these two new ones certainly are; but the books’ beauty is matched by copious information brimming with heart and soul.
Reef Libre: Cuba--The Last, Best Reefs in the World. By Robert Winter. Taylor Trade: Roman & Littlefield, $45 (9781630760731).
Travel thoughts are naturally turning toward Cuba these days, with the likely prospect of thawing relations between the U.S. and our southerly island. This amply and gorgeously illustrated book shows off the photos of experienced diver “Snorkel Bob,” who trains his underwater camera on the extraordinary reefs in Cuban waters and also his land camera on very evocative street scenes in Havana and elsewhere.
Sunflower Landscapes Guides (Interlink, paper).Cinque Terre & the Riviera di Levante. $17.99 (9781856914529).Corfu. $17.99 (9781856914581).Cyprus. $17.99 (9781856914321).Ibiza & Formentera. $17.99 (9781856914369).Peloponnese (Southern). $17.99 (9781856914512).
These pocket-size guides focus on Mediterranean and Atlantic islands, presenting a series of both long and short walks, spectacular drives, and great places to stop for a picnic. Many maps included.
Sunflower Walk and Eat Guides (Interlink, paper).Avignon. $14.99 (9781856914526).Cape Town. $14.99 (9781856913317).Corsica. $14.99 (9781856912952).Kefalonia. $14.99 (9781856914505).
Each of these 10 to 12 easy-to-moderate walks are highlighted by recommendations for restaurants on route that serve local cuisine.
Traveller’s History Guides (Interlink, paper).A Traveller’s History of Southeast Asia. 2d ed. $14.95 (9781566564397).
Treat yourself to some pre-trip reading; a good, solid background on the region’s history will only enhance the trip itself.
Vicksburg National Military Park: The Memorial Art and Architecture. By Michael W. Panhorst. Kent State Univ., paper, $19.95 (9781606352199).
Civil War buffs will thrill over this guide to the significant battlefield memorial art and architecture found in and around Vicksburg National Military Park, which add up to Vicksburg being the “commemorative art park of the South.”
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