Escaping the U.P's winter weather is on a lot of people's minds right now. The Peter White Public Library has a number of new travel books that will fuel that wanderlust.
Patricia Schultz travels the U.S. and Canada to compile the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. U.P. offerings in the volume are Isle Royale, the Keweenaw Peninsula, Pictured Rocks, Mackinac Island and Whitefish Point. Schultz also identifies active adventures for travelers, culinary experiences, first-rate hotels, cultural sites, great beaches, scenic trips and windows on the past. This book is a fun way to plan a vacation or to evaluate how many of North America's notable sites you have visited.
A Country In The Moon by Michael Moran recounts the author's adventures searching for the heart of Poland. Once the largest country in Europe, Poland has survived through invasions, the Holocaust and communism to thrive. Moran recounts 15 years living, traveling and working in Poland as an outsider and captures the aftermath of the chaos caused by World War II and Soviet domination.
More than 13,000 pet-friendly AAA approved hotels and campgrounds are listed in the 11th edition of Traveling With Your Pet published by AAA. Dog parks, pet-friendly attractions, public lands open to pet visits, list of emergency animal clinics and vets are also listed in this comprehensive volume that covers the U.S. and Canada.
The Oregon Coastal Access Guide by Kenn Oberrecht provides a mile by mile guide to scenic and recreational attractions along 400 miles of Pacific coast. Following a route along U.S. Highway 101 from the Columbia River to the California border, this comprehensive book details public beaches, trails, bike routes, climate, shipwrecks and festivals.
Armchair travelers will enjoy See the USA, the Art of the American Travel Brochure by John Margolies and Eric Baker. This colorful volume contains over 200 illustrations taken from travel brochures of the early 20th century. Arranged by region and type of attraction, this historic look at the art and design used to attract travelers to sites all over the U.S.
Despite the snow on the ground, it is not too early to start planning bicycle trips for summer 2011. Rail-Trails Midwest Great Lakes covers trails in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. Published by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, this guide book describes each trail surface, provides detailed maps and gives driving directions to each trail.
RV Vacations for Dummies by Shirley Slater and Harry Basch includes tips and recommendations from the experts at Frommer's Guides. This book is a good first step for any traveler interested in exploring the RV lifestyle. Introductory information about selecting an RV, developing a budget, outfitting the RV and eating on the road are all included. Fourteen detailed trips are listed, as well as suggestions for snowbird getaways, cool factory tours and zany museums. A list of toll free numbers and websites will help provide additional information.
Michael Mewshaw has written hundreds of travel articles and numerous novels. For his 65th birthday he decided to embark on an overland trip across North Africa. Between Terror and Tourism documents his eye-opening journey from Egypt to Morocco. Covering 2,100 miles in three months, his journey was at times terrifying and at others paradise. Despite warnings to the contrary, he lived to recount his adventures in a part of the world many misunderstand.
Not everyone has the time or budget to travel extensively, but librarian extraordinaire Nancy Pearl has rectified that situation. Book Lust To Go is a compendium of recommended reading for travelers, vagabonds and dreamers. Over 120 destinations around the world are as close as the library's shelves. Pearl picks fiction and nonfiction to keep the traveler on the go or the armchair traveler entertained. This globetrotting guide points readers to new adventures all over the globe.
The Intercoastal Waterway-Norfolk to Miami by Jan and Bill Moeller explains how to travel the 1,094 mile waterway. This mile-by-mile guide can be used with nautical charts. Since 1979 this book has been the bible for waterway travelers. John Kettlewell, editor of the "Intercoastal Waterway Chartbook," has expanded the latest edition with enhanced coverage of pilotage, anchorage alternatives and waterway highlights. An indispensible travel companion for anyone hoping to navigate this popular water route.
Tessa Morris-Suzuki is professor of Japanese history in the college of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. One of the foremost experts on Asia today, she has written many books about Japan and Korea. In To the Diamond Mountains Morris-Suzuki retraces a route taken by Emily Kemp almost 100 years ago. Morris-Suzuki and three friends walked a route trough China and North and South Korea. The book contrasts conditions 100 years ago to those found today.
Whether you undertake an adventure on foot or bicycle, by boat, car or RV, the Peter White Public Library is a wonderful place to research your journey.
- Pam Christensen