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Frommer's American Southwest (Frommer's Complete Guides) Paperback – 27 Oct 2009

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 4th Edition edition (27 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047050465X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470504659
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,207,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The wooden reredo at Santa Fe′s San Miguel Mission, the oldest church in the U.S. See chapter 7.

  • Detailed maps throughout
  • Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information

  • Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife

  • Itineraries, walking tours, and trip–planning ideas

  • Insider tips from local expert authors

About the Author

Lesley S. King (New Mexico coverage, plus chapters 2, 3, 4, and appendix) grew up on a ranch in northern New Mexico, where she still returns on weekends to help work cattle. A freelance writer and photographer, she’s a contributor to New Mexico Magazine and an avid kayaker and skier. She has written for the New York Times, United Airlines’ Hemispheres magazine, American Cowboy, and Audubon. She is writer and host of Written on the Wind, a television documentary series. She is also the author of Frommer’s Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque and Frommer’s New Mexico . Karl Samson (Arizona coverage) finds that the sunny winter skies of the Arizona desert are the perfect antidote to the dreary winters of his Pacific Northwest home. Each winter, he flees the rain to explore Arizona’s deserts, mountains, cities, and small towns. It is the state’s unique regional style, Native American cultures, abundance of contemporary art, and, of course, boundless landscapes that keep him fascinated by Arizona. Summer finds him researching his other books, including Frommer’s Washington, Frommer’s Oregon, and Frommer’s Seattle & Portland. Residents of northern New Mexico for more than 30 years, Don and Barbara Laine (Colorado and Utah coverage) have traveled extensively throughout the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest. They are the authors of Frommer’s Colorado, Frommer’s Utah, Frommer’s Rocky Mountain National Park, and Frommer’s Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks; are the lead authors of Frommer’s National Parks of the American West; and have contributed to Frommer’s Texas and Frommer’s USA. The Laines have also written Little–Known Southwest and New Mexico & Arizona State Parks (both for The Mountaineers Books). Mary Herczog (Las Vegas coverage) lives in Los Angeles and works in the film industry. She is the author of Frommer’s New Orleans and Las Vegas For Dummies, and has contributed to Frommer’s Los Angeles . She still isn’t sure when to hit and when to hold when playing blackjack. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Planning a trip to a region as large and diverse as the American Southwest involves a lot of decision making, so in this chapter we've tried to give you some direction. Read the first page
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
out of date and out of touch 22 Aug. 2005
By Kathleen Wright - Published on
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I took this book with me on my vacation to the southwest and I found it disappointing. The restaurants it suggested in Flagstaff were all quirky or trendy. Lake Havasu City is completely different from what they describe, as the major tourist section went bankrupt TWO YEARS AGO. It describes Las Vegas, but none of the natural and historic wonders so close to it like Valley of Fire State Park, which is filled with ancient petroglyphs, incredible scenery, and wildlife. It was somewhat useful, but I'd recommend getting it from the library just to get some ideas of places to go. Don't rely on it for comprehensive, up-to-date information.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
great tour book! 23 April 2010
By Pitkin - Published on
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My family is going on our first ever tour of several national parks soon and this book is terrific. It is informative, well-laid out, and full of helpful information. It is great to have background on each park, trustworthy lodging recommendations and suggestions for interesting side-trips. There are many, easy-to-read maps for each chapter. I appreciate the suggested itineraries for half-day, one day, and two day stays in each area. A great resource!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A good overall guide 2 Mar. 2012
By Cheryl L. Leber - Published on
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This book is very nice, has lots of information about the entire Southwest area. However, I'm finding that if you're looking for lots of information on a specific area, this may not be the book. I think that being that it covers such a large area, there is less information on each place. I'm wishing now that I would've just purchased the Santa Fe, Taos, and Albuquerque book rather than the entire Southwest
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Like asking a pro who's been there before 7 April 2013
By Murray C. Mann - Published on
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Fine-tuned vacation plans and maximized our trip perfectly with the help of this guide. Fodors and Lonely Planet are quite good, but I always come back to Frommers.
Some helpful pointers... 26 Jun. 2009
By Steffferrrzzz - Published on
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I wish I had more time to read this book before going on my vacation this year, but we did pull out some helpful hints from the book.

It provided some good feedback on local restaurants, as well as some kooky out of the way attractions we really enjoyed. I would definitely recommend it for your southwestern getaway.
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