Travel

Boston. book cover

Boston.

917.4461 /Eyewitness
Travel

Kara's picture

We had a great road trip to Boston a couple years ago. This book helped us find places to visit and great walking tours. I'd recommend starting at Faneuil Hall and checking out the great tours from the National Park Service. -Kara

Diners, drive-ins, dives : an All-American road trip-- with recipes! book cover

Diners, drive-ins, dives : an All-American road trip-- with recipes!

Guy Fieri

917.3764 /Fieri
Cookbooks, Travel

Kara's picture

I really enjoy Guy Fieri's television show. I think it would be fun to take a road trip and visit the restaurants he features on his show. I think I'd have to mix it up with a lot of exercise and moderation, though. The food looks yummy but I'm not sure how healthy it is! -Kara

The Grand Circle tour : a travel and reference guide to the American Southwest and the ancestral Puebloans book cover

The Grand Circle tour : a travel and reference guide to the American Southwest and the ancestral Puebloans

Michael Royea

917.9204 /Royea/2014
Travel

The Grand Circle Tour is a circuit around a ring of National Parks and Native American sites in the Four Corners Region of the Southwest. It encompasses some of the most significant ancient history in North America: remnants of the Anasazi civilization. From the well-known sites like Zion and Bryce to the little known and well-preserved areas, Royea provides the kind of detailed guidance never before available in guidebook form. The Grand Circle Tour consists of two parts: Part 1 is divided into 14 days and visits 21 different sites, with an additional 20 sites covered that are nearby. The second part of the book has a timeline for the Anasazi. It's a history of Native American occupation of the Southwest from 10,000 BC to the present day. The book can be used as a general travel guide or as the basis for an in-depth, historical tour. It is so filled with historical and cultural detail (complimented by photos, maps, and site plans) that it can even provide a satisfying armchair "tour" of the region.

Kara's picture

We've done parts of this tour on a couple different road trips. Some of my favorite places are the Petrified Forest National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, and Arches National Park. Unfortunately we didn't leave enough time for exploring Utah so hope to go back to spend more time in Bryce Canyon, Zion and Arches. -Kara

The great Iowa touring book : 27 spectacular auto tours book cover

The great Iowa touring book : 27 spectacular auto tours

Mike Whye

917.7704 /Whye/2004
Travel

Kara's picture

This has been a great resource for finding weekend getaways and day trips. -Kara

Best hikes near Denver and Boulder. book cover

Best hikes near Denver and Boulder.

917.8804 /Falcon
Travel

Kara's picture

This is a great resource for finding hikes in and around Denver and Boulder. The photo from my profile was taken on a hike we found in this book. There were beautiful views of Boulder and other scenic vistas. -Kara

Tip of the iceberg : my 3,000-mile journey around wild Alaska, the last great American frontier book cover

Tip of the iceberg : my 3,000-mile journey around wild Alaska, the last great American frontier

Mark Adams

917.9804/Adams
Travel

Kara's picture

I dream of driving to Alaska and then spending time there. I'm not sure about 3,000 miles, but this sounds like a grand adventure and an opportunity for vicarious travel. -Kara

Complete national parks of the United States : featuring 400+ parks, monuments, battlefields, historic sites, scenic trails, recreation areas, and seashores book cover

Complete national parks of the United States : featuring 400+ parks, monuments, battlefields, historic sites, scenic trails, recreation areas, and seashores

Mel White

917.352 /White
Travel

From New England to Alaska, this 544 page resource is filled with helpful advice, historical background, and practical facts on how to reach scores of park system properties, when to go, and what to do there.

Kara's picture

I want to visit all of the National Parks in the United States. I have a good start, but there are so many to see. This book is a great checklist of places we've visited and places we want to go. -Kara

Best hikes near Minneapolis and Saint Paul book cover

Best hikes near Minneapolis and Saint Paul

David Baur

917.76579 /Falcon/2016
Travel

Kara's picture

We want to spend more time in the Minneapolis area. It's an easy drive from Iowa City and there's a lot to do in the area. This is a great book for learning how to navigate the city and find some great hiking within the City and nearby. -Kara

Colorado excursions with history, hikes and hops book cover

Colorado excursions with history, hikes and hops

Ed Sealover

917.8804 /Sealover/2016
Travel

Colorado is replete with natural beauty, award-winning breweries and a history that reflects its wild and rugged character. Author Ed Sealover offers this detailed guide to ten three-day excursions full of nature, history and unique watering holes. Discover sprawling parks and celebrated landmarks throughout the state. Visit oddball destinations like the trail of America's favorite cannibal and the renowned ghost town of Saint Elmo. Work up a thirst on the hiking trails of Rocky Mountain National Park and unwind on the single block in the state that is home to a brewery, a winery and a distillery. Uncover the craft, creative and cultural gems that make the Centennial State a curious wanderers dream.

Kara's picture

We love exploring Colorado. The hiking is beautiful and the breweries are fun. In Denver we enjoy renting B-Cycles and cycling between breweries. Last summer we discovered Buena Vista and would love to return there for more exploration. This is a great book for finding new places to visit. -Kara

Four Seasons in Rome : on twins, insomnia, and the biggest funeral in the history of the world book cover

Four Seasons in Rome : on twins, insomnia, and the biggest funeral in the history of the world

Anthony Doerr

914.5632 /Doerr
Travel, Biographies

"The recipient of an American Academy fellowship, Doerr, his wife, and their twin newborns are on their way to Rome for a year. Cultural isolation, the death of John Paul II, struggles to complete a novel, and the tales of first-time parenthood uniquely blend together as Doerr meanders his way through a one-year Roman holiday. Along the way, he meets Romans quick to praise his twins, Romans quick to prejudge an American, and Romans happy to share the secrets of their city with him. Set against this backdrop, Doerr finds it difficult to focus on the novel he plans on writing; instead, like so many other visitors, he falls for the Eternal City. For readers who have been to Rome, Doerr's reflections will leave them longing for a return trip. For those who have not, Doerr's stories of piazzas and pizzas will have them checking travel arrangements. Either way, this memoir is a wonderful combination of a writer's two dominant struggles: cultural identity and family."--

Candice's picture

Anthony Doerr (author of All the Light We Cannot See) was a brand-new father of twins when he was granted a sabbatical in Rome. He takes on the Eternal City and the newborns all in one go, and is rewarded for it. A sort of epic love poem to Rome and family, and all there is to be aware of and savor. -Candice