Runaway Destinations: I'm Outta Here (Figuratively Speaking)
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Canadian "Tropics" & Northwest United States: Totem Polesby Pat Kramer
That "geographic" description above covers a lot of territory, from wilderness areas, mountain peaks and magnificent shoreline, to sparkling metropolitan cities like Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria. Totem Poles provides a superb overview to one aspect of First Peoples and Native American culture in the region. Meanwhile, a travel guide, Victoria & Vancouver Island by Dan Klinglesmith, is one of the best for introducing visitors to Victoria, my #1 hideawaya place in Canada where it's gone as long as two years between snowfalls.
From San Francisco South to Cambria: Hearst Castleby Victoria Kastner
The California coast from San Francisco south does not lack for runaway destinationsthe Monterey Peninsula, Santa Cruz, Big Sur and Cambria, the latter only a few miles from the "country house" of newspaper tycoon, William Randolph Hearst. The history of the Hearst Castle is as impressive as the estate itself. If you can't hear it firsthand during one of the five distinct tours offered, this book is a fine substitute.
New England: Acadia National Parkby Hilary Nangle
A trip covering "destinations of the rich and famous" in New England features Newport, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Cape Cod and, at the northern end of this seashore trip, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. This is an excellent guide to the Acadia areathe park itself and all of its attractions, plus much of the surrounding countryside and its quaint towns. If you yearn for a slightly different experience, though, sneak away inland to beautiful Vermont.
Las Vegas: Cirque du Soleil: 20 Years Under the Sunby Tony Babinski
Las Vegas is a short-term destination, as the thrills, bright lights, buffets and all else can wear thin after awhile. However, for a week... Wow! You don't have to spend time in the casinos to enjoy yourself, from free activities like the Bellagio fountain and Rio's Carnival in the Sky, to ticketed events like awe-inspiring performances by Cirque du Soleil (five venues in the city as of 2006). The title above is a marvelous pictorial history of the Cirque's first 20 years.
Upper Peninsula of Michigan: A Most Superior Landedited by Susan Newhof Pyle
You can barely take a step in the UP without tripping over a piece of its rich, fascinating history, but that's a big part of the region's charm. That, and the remoteness of the lightly populated peninsula. A Most Superior Land includes articles by more than two dozen authors about aspects of UP history. For example, the sauna, coping with snow, Isle Royale and, of course, the copper strike of 1913-14.