Your Summer Travel Companion: Off the Beaten Path

Saturday, July 18, 2009 Posted by Dina N

Summer is vacation season for many. With the kids out of school and the weather warming up, we start thinking about changing the scenery and exploring other places. Personally, I love to travel but dislike the crowds that popular locations attract. I recently came across a great travel guide that Reader's Digest revised and updated this year.

Off the Beaten Path lists more than 1,000 travel destinations that are rather overlooked as typical touristy spots. It is printed on high quality paper and beautifully illustrated, complete with travel maps. Armed with this book, you can become a modern road warrior in search of exciting natural wonders, breathtaking scenery, and surprising destinations. When you return from your trip, keep Off the Beaten Path on the coffee table and boast to all your friends about the discoveries made during your last vacation.

The book is organized by state, and every destination is listed with an address, phone number and website, when available. There is short description of its history, how the name came about, and so on. You can find out whether the place is open year round, charges admission, or encourages donations. Icons below each site information show what you can do there: picnicking, camping, fishing, swimming, hiking, bicycling, and so on. Pet friendly and accessible facilities, as well as wi-fi access are indicated, too. For each state, there is a list of seasonal events by month, complete with a state website where you can find additional information. I particularly enjoyed reading the curious tidbits that appear in "Did You Know?" boxes throughout the book.

For every state, there is a well-designed map that shows the numbered location of every point of interest in the book. The legend explains the additional information available on the map - for example, whether the road is free or toll, the distance between major highways, and recreation and features of interest.

I found several spots within a couple of hours from my house that would be perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway. State parks, museums, reserves, the possibilities are many and exciting. For kids, I found fun and educational places that would be attractive for the whole family.

Whether you are planning a road trip or a field trip, this wonderful book will help you find interesting places that you probably never heard of - and are still relatively uncrowded.

Many thanks to FSB Associates for this review opportunity and for the cover art used in this post.


  1. Janelle said...

    Not only have I enjoyed reading Readers Digest for years, but I find the information they provide on a variety of topics to be very reliable. The information in Off the Beaten Path is no exception. Thanks for a great review!

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