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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (28 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858285569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858285566
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,292,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

I'm an author, editor and photographer, and live in Stoke Newington, north London.

I've written sixteen travel, history and music books for Rough Guides as sole author, and shared authorship on several more. I also work for Lonely Planet, and am currently updating the New Mexico chapter of the Lonely Planet: Southwest USA.

This year I'll also be working on new editions of the Rough Guides to Brittany and Normandy and to Spain.

I've recently completed new editions of the Rough Guides to Southwest USA, the entire USA, and Belize, and written the new Pocket Rough Guide to Las Vegas, as well as several sections of DK's Music: The Definitive Visual History.

As an editor, my recent projects have included Lloyd Bradley's Sounds Like London, Dylan Jones' Elvis Has Left The Building, Michael Haag's Inferno Decoded, and the Rough Guide to Turkey.

My Rough Guide to the Titanic, published in 2012, is a definitive guide to the most famous maritime disaster in history. You can read about it on my blog, blogtanic.wordpress.com, and website, gregward.info.

My photographs have been published in my own titles, and also in magazines, newspapers and other books.



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Although it's a cliché, the front cover of the long overdue second edition of The Rough Guide to Southwest USA does neatly summarise the region's appeal in one picture. The classic road movie image of a long open road to freedom in Mexico captures the imagination of visitors. They drive in search of the Grand Canyon, Billy the Kid's Wild West, native Americans and Monument Valley's red rocks, spurred on by images from hundreds of films, from Fort Apache to Easy Rider.

Rough Guide Southwest USA gives you all the practical, honest advice you will need to turn your celluloid fantasies into a viable holiday adventure--although a road map like the USA Southwest Insight Map would be useful too. Rough Guide suggests you can tour the former Spanish colony for as little as $250 a week. Covering Nevada, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico, the guide escorts you through a landscape of cactuses, cottonwoods, cave drawings, canyons and cliffs, which the author calls, "the most extraordinary and spectacular region of the United States". You can also drive the US-666 to the foot of Shiprock volcanic mass; explore the "sheer weirdness" of Southern Utah; and stop at Roswell's perverse UFO museums.

If you are planning to visit only the region's cities, such as Las Vegas, Phoenix or Santa Fe, Rough Guide probably isn't the guide for you. However, if you want to drive off into the wilderness and explore Native American culture, it's spot on. Among of the book's strongest elements are its articles on the Navajo, Hopi, Apache, Ute and other native peoples (and their traditions, language and arts). --Sarah Champion

About the Author

Greg Ward has written for Rough Guides since 1985. He is author of Rough Guides to  Hawaii, The Grand Canyon, Brittany & Normandy, Las Vegas Directions and Maui Directions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mof on 26 Aug 2009
Format: Paperback
Like many people I have used dozens of helpful travel guides to a variety of locations but I can honestly say I this is the best, and most comprehensive, I've ever seen. Greg Ward has written what is essentially the "Bible" to the classic road trip region of the 4 Southwestern states which you are likely to visit from Phoenix, or Las Vegas (which is also included). Its 600 pages make most other guides seem superficial by comparison. As well as the first-hand practical information, this book includes a wealth of background detail,for example 32 pages on the history of the region and culture of the Native American peoples. All of this is remarkably well written in a concise,articulate style by an author who is clearly passionate about this part of the States, but is objective enough to suggest what is worth visiting and what may be disappointing. The book has accompanied me on two trips to the Southwest and I would warmly recommend it to anyone planning a visit to this amazing region.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P. Haack on 19 Sep 2008
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We bought and used this guide during our recent trip to the South West. We liked the author's style - this certainly is not a dry guide book. He might be a bit opinionated but he was nearly always spot on. The Motel reviews and recommendations were accurate and very helpful in choosing the right place to stay, particularly in small places.
I can warmly recommend it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Salty Sal on 24 Mar 2006
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This book took a battering on our Southwest road trip. It was so handy it went everywhere. It helped us find good places to stay the night on thespur of the moment. If yuo're heading that way - check out the tiny town of Bluff near Four Corners in Utah. Top place and the most unexpected vegetarian restaurant.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Laurence Williams on 13 Sep 2011
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I travel overseas extensively on self-planned tours, so I find travel books useful as I don't think that Internet travel sites etc can fully replace the information that a good travel book can supply.

Firstly, it may be stating the obvious but a real bonus of taking a book such as this one, dedicated to the specific region you are going to is that whilst it is still relatively large/heavy (it does after all cover a vast area !), it is not as weighty as a book covering the whole country, it is more detailed for the area and ALL all of it is potentially useful - and so it proved for me.

I bought this Rough Guide specifically to plan a month-long touring holiday of the fantastic National Parks of Utah, a trip to nearby Monument Valley + a short stay in Las Vegas (all of which is covered); unusually, having taken the book with me on the trip I found it far more useful than on previous trips when similarly equipped with travel books.

The main reasons for this were the comprehensive maps, the accommodation section (I don't usually use them, but as my plans changed they came up trumps on 2 occasions this time !) and the little 'titbits' of local attractions which I gained from massively, enabling me to visit additional viewpoints (courtesy of my change in plans whilst there) I had not been aware of and which proved to be as stunning as just about anything else I had already planned to see in Utah. This is more pertinent to this region since it is so vast and unpopulated eg accommodation can be sparse, you've MUCH less chance of finding someone to ask for directions/tips and mobile phone coverage in Utah is not brilliant either....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cc on 29 April 2012
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A well-wrtten, detailed and informal guide which totally made our recent holiday driving through 5 south western states ( Nevada, Utah, Colorado , Arizona and a tiny part of New mexico). Gave us some fabulous scenic routes and took us off the main highways to discover gems such as Chloride just off Route 66 from Flagstaff to Kingman. Barely looked at the Dorling Kindesley guide to Arizona apart from the photographs !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Evans on 27 Oct 2011
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This was the second edition of this title I have purchased. As ever, the rough guide is brilliant for new visitors but this version was disappointing in that the great dining tips seem to have been removed.
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By fiona nicholls on 27 Sep 2013
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Very useful guide for tourists like myself. Plenty of detail and easy to read xxxxx xxx x xxx x xx
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Highly recommended - the item was exactly as described, and the levels of service were very high - will be happy to use again
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