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Drives of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's Most Spectacular Trips

Format:  Hardcover,

319 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Oct 2010

ISBN-13: 9781426206771

ISBN-10: 1426206771

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Pack your suitcase, load up the car, and head for the open road In the tradition of "National Geographic Traveler "magazine's award-winning annual feature showcasing the world's best auto trips, National Geographic presents "Drives of a Lifetime: ""Where to Go, Why to Go, When to Go." This lavishly illustrated, hardcover travel planner and gift book gives you every bit of information you'll need to navigate 400 amazing driving routes in some of the world's most fascinating locales.
This practical travel planner provides specific, in-depth descriptions of the sights each drive offers. A clear, detailed, easy-to-read map of each route. Useful information on the best time to travel. And insider tips to help you get the most out of every fabulous trip. Abundant sidebars call your attention to standout sights along the drive or entertaining background information on the region and its culture.
While handy indeed as a planner, "Drives of a Lifetime "doubles as a full-color gift book with more than 200 dazzling, large-format photos and crisp, evocative text that will enchant armchair travelers. The book immerses you in the unique appeal and beauty of hundreds of inviting locales.
Sample entries include the road to the spectacular ancient ruins in and around Angkor Wat in Cambodia; the Natchez Trace Parkway, along an ancient Native American trail through Mississippi; the scenic old coastal route from Dublin to Wexford in Ireland; an off-road dune drive in Dubai; the famous ocean views along the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, Canada; the Winelands Route through South Africa's Western Cape; a drive among the incredible land formations in South Dakota's Badlands; and an archaeological tour through Syria. In addition, you'll find several fun Top Ten lists: skyscraping drives, Mediterranean island roads, African wildlife excursions, and more.
Chapters organized by theme include Ultimate Road Trips, featuring famous drives such as Highway One down the California coast; Over Hill and Mountains; By Sea and Shore; The Road Less Traveled, highlighting unpaved and untamed routes and safaris; Village Byways through some of the world's most picturesque hamlets; and Historic Trails, tracing the paths of history's great builders and explorers.
Whether you travel these storied routes by car or through the pages of the book--countless wonders await your discovery in
"Drives of a Lifetime."

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Oct 2010
ISBN-13: 9781426206771
ISBN-10: 1426206771
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 319
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 4.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.25 x 12.5 x 1.0

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Review by Library Journal (2010-12-17)

This volume continues the series of the same name published in the popular magazine National Geographic Traveler. Trips from all over the world are grouped thematically into such categories as "By Sea and Shore", "Village Byways", and "Driving Through History" and range from a 90-minute drive through the Pine Ridge country of Nebraska to a ten-week trip the length of Africa. The photographs are typical of National Geographic publications-richly colored and dramatic-and travelers will find much to inspire their wanderlust.

The minimal text, only a sentence or two for more than half of the trips, will leave planners searching for additional information elsewhere (regional Frommer's, Eyewitness, or Lonely Planet guides are good choices), although a website address is included for each trip to help with the process. The small maps are useful for only orienting readers.

Verdict: While this attractive book is likely to end up as a gift for many travelers, it is appropriate for all public library travel collections; its geographic scope and excellent photographs will appeal to many.

-Linda M. Kaufmann, Massachusetts Coll. of Liberal Arts Lib., North Adams

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Pack your suitcase, load up the car, and head for the open road! In the tradition of National Geographic Traveler magazine's award-winning annual feature showcasing the world's best auto trips, National Geographic presents Drives of a Lifetime: Where to Go, Why to Go, When to Go. This lavishly illustrated, hardcover travel planner and gift book gives you every bit of information you'll need to navigate 400 amazing driving routes in some of the world's most fascinating locales.

This practical travel planner provides specific, in-depth descriptions of the sights each drive offers. A clear, detailed, easy-to-read map of each route. Useful information on the best time to travel. And insider tips to help you get the most out of every fabulous trip. Abundant sidebars call your attention to standout sights along the drive or entertaining background information on the region and its culture.

While handy indeed as a planner, Drives of a Lifetime doubles as a full-color gift book with more than 200 dazzling, large-format photos and crisp, evocative text that will enchant armchair travelers. The book immerses you in the unique appeal and beauty of hundreds of inviting locales.

Sample entries include the road to the spectacular ancient ruins in and around Angkor Wat in Cambodia; the Natchez Trace Parkway, along an ancient Native American trail through Mississippi; the scenic old coastal route from Dublin to Wexford in Ireland; an off-road dune drive in Dubai; the famous ocean views along the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, Canada; the Winelands Route through South Africa's Western Cape; a drive among the incredible land formations in South Dakota's Badlands; and an archaeological tour through Syria. In addition, you'll find several fun Top Ten lists: skyscraping drives, Mediterranean island roads, African wildlife excursions, and more.

Chapters organized by theme include Ultimate Road Trips, featuring famous drives such as Highway One down the California coast; Over Hill and Mountains; By Sea and Shore; The Road Less Traveled, highlighting unpaved and untamed routes and safaris; Village Byways through some of the world's most picturesque hamlets; and Historic Trails, tracing the paths of history's great builders and explorers.

Whether you travel these storied routes by car or through the pages of the book--countless wonders await your discovery in

Drives of a Lifetime.

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