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Whether you're a local looking for a long weekend escape, a visitor looking to explore or you simply need some ideas when family and friends come to visit, Lonely Planet's Trips series offers the best itineraries - and makes it easy to plan the perfect trip time and again. Theme icons make finding the perfect trip simple - no matter what your interest. Easy-to-use maps for every trip, plus driving times and directions. Explore the region with trips ranging from two to 10 days, and day trips from New York City, Washington DC and Philadelphia. Local experts share their favourite trip ideas, including a sports journalist's baseball tour, a photographer's art tour and a music inspired tour from a New York musician. Iconic Trips chapter covers must-do trips across the region, from Beach-Hopping the Mid-Atlantic to Upscale Appalachian Trail. Tune in on the road with our regional music playlists. Family-friendly and pet-friendly listings throughout. Green index lists the region's most environmentally friendly options.

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Many good ideas, but incomplete 5 mai 2009
Par Aderyn - Publié sur
Format: Broché Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
This Lonely Planet guide has many good ideas for places to see and things to do, but lacks the touches that would make it a better guidebook. Despite claiming "many easy to use maps," street-level maps are vague, at best, and often not provided at all. The highway maps also lack detail, although the routes are clearly marked.

The authors promise you'll travel "like a local: on the run, riding the subways..." but there are no maps or guidance about where to find subway or bus stops or which routes to choose to reach the suggested destinations (example: "Coney Island. Grab a train to the Brooklyn coast and step off into the fresh sea air." That's it.)

Of course, one of the first things a local does with one of these guides is check her/his own area and see if s/he agrees with the book. I did find that many of the suggestions for the "48 Hours in Manhattan" tour (the only one with which I was already familiar) did, in fact, agree with those I've been given and shown by the locals, even including some of the street vendors.

In the "sleep" suggestions for each trip, information is given for hours, telephone service, family-friendly and pet-friendly lodgings. Initially, this made me think this would be the book to have along if traveling with my dog. However, almost none of the listed hotels/motels have the pet-friendly or family-friendly icons. It would be much more helpful if at least one of each were listed for each trip, or even most of the trips, particularly for pets. At least if you show up with kids at a "non-family-friendly" hotel, they're still going to let Junior in; the same cannot be said for Fido.

This would be a useful guide for someone who already lives in the area, to glean suggestions for trips and activities you may not have tried, or a good companion guide, along with more thorough guides and maps, for a traveler. However, it's really just an idea book, not a stand-alone, turn-by-turn reference for the trips it suggests.
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Good Starting Point for a Trip in the Mid-Atlantic Region 15 mai 2009
Par S. D. Fischer - Publié sur
Format: Broché Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
This well-organized guide provides 50 itineraries (listed by state as well as by theme) which include sites in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The index helps to find something specific (such as a certain attraction or all fairs and festivals in the Mid-Atlantic region).

Each of the 50 itineraries include the recommended duration of the trips (number of days), distance to travel, and even the best season to go. There is a brief description of each recommended stop as well as suggested detours if you have a little extra time. Each itinerary also includes a summary of Trip Information in one to two pages which includes where to stay, where to eat, and what to do (all with addresses, phone numbers and websites). There are even several music playlists with recommended radio stations for the various regions.

This is a good starting point if you live in the Mid-Atlantic region and are trying to get ideas for a trip relatively close to home, or if you are interested in visiting the region but aren't sure what you might like to do once you get here.

I highly recommend getting a travel guide on the specific cities you decide to visit (New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC, etc.) as it is not possible to go into any great detail in one book that covers so many states (each with so many places to visit and so much to do).
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This guide makes planning your trip easy, 15 octobre 2009
Par ZenWoman - Publié sur
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This book is really designed for planning road trips, there are many other guide books that go into greater detail of art/history/culture of a place, some tell you what to visit giving you maps of main attractions and ticket prices, and yet others go into the specifics of where to stay, what to eat, and have lists upon lists of hotels, inns and restaurants.

This book touches on those details but it is mainly a book for planning your trip at home around some themes like best Slow food and Sloe Gin in Philly, 48 hours in Manhattan, and deciding where you want to go. Once you're on the actual trip you may want to refer to another guide book for the specifics.

I found this series of books perfect for planning, it makes it easy to understand what might work best for you based on your interests. They lay out the iconic trips you could take through the region and some popular routes. Trips are planned along themes - must-do trips, iconic trips, trips for foodies, trips for national park enthusiasts, trips for the eclectic treasure hunter or offbeat trips, trips for the urbanites, shorter day trips. They also recommend some trips as favorites. Each trip is divided into a section that points out the main points of interest and gives you a short 2-3 page flavor of the trip. Each trip ends with an info sheet that gives you the main details on 1-2 pages - Getting There, Do (what to do), Eat (restaurants, haunts), Sleep (where to stay), Useful websites (to plan the trip)

When you open the book the left side gives you the icons and what they're used for through out the book. The next page gives you a quick map to familiarize yourself with the region. Some pictures follow giving you a taste of what you can expect to see and experience. Next you have the chapters going into each type of trip. For this guide here is the listing, it first gives you the listing by states and then also gives you a listing for the same trips by theme, then again by season, and lastly expert recommended trips:

Trips by region:
Iconic trips through the region example - Ultimate Urban Adventure, East Coast Eats etc.
New York trips
NJ and PA trips
DC, Maryland and Delaware trips
Virginia trips

It then lists the same trip by themes:
Trips based on Routes
Outdoor themed trips -e.g. Ithaca is Gorges, Niagara Falls
Food and Drink trips - Sidewalk dininig in NYC, Maryland Crab Quest
History and Culture
Offbeat - By the time we got to Woodstock, Open 24 hours
City based trips

Then come the same trips listed by season, example We The People and Boys of Summer for summer, and some that are great for year round.
Next section is the expert recommended trips, example Slow food and Sloe Gin in Philly etc.

I recommend this guide for planning, it really helps you plan the trip without having to do extensive research upfront.
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Jam-packed road trip book 7 juin 2009
Par Ginahmk - Publié sur
Format: Broché Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
Having lived in NY, PA, MD for most of my life, I was thinking..."what can this book tell me I don't know?" LOTS! This book is a great overview of lots of places, things to do, divided up by road trips, centered around certain themes. So, there are 50 themed itineraries such as: ultimate urban adventure, C&O canal, trips by state, The Civil War tour. You can pick what you like and focus on that, such as beach-hopping. It is all packed into this 368 page book with a good index in back, in case you want to find breweries, bicycling, or theatre to name a few. Even has Moby's favorite NYC places! The downside? You will only get snippets of information to whet your taste for the adventure. It is up to you to research it more if you want the details. Also, this seems to focus on car trips, not what you could see by the train, although there is no reason you can't plan it that way. Good addition to travel library, even for an old East Coaster like me.
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One Volume Guide for One Day Trips 18 juin 2009
Par A Customer - Publié sur
Format: Broché Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
I run a travel company (concentrating on business and cultural travel to Russia and the former Soviet Union), and have read probably every guidebook in English to Russia. There are different guidebooks for different purposes, but I need to recommend just one or two general books for most travelers.

When we bring people over from Russia to the US, they will want to visit NY, Washington, Miami and Los Angeles on their first trip. On their second trip, they want to go out of the big cities. This guidebook is great for people looking to explore the NY-Washington region off of I-95 by car.

Although many of the destinations can be reached by train (or bus), it is not really for those who are using public transportation.
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