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The Rough Guide to the Pacific North West - 4th Edition Paperback – 24 Jun 2004
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Many Brits, when visiting the US, choose New York or Los Angeles as their destinations, but as The Rough Guide to Oregon & Washington proves, there are other breathtaking destinations in this country built on the grandest of scales. With this guide in ones pocket, its possible to explore every inch of Oregon and Washington, using the most utilitarian maps in any series of guides. These regions, apart from their awe-inspiring scenery, are celebrated for everything from hiking and microbreweries to a thriving music scene, and all such matters are treated authoritatively here.
The mighty Columbia River begins in Canada at the Rocky Mountains and takes a winding path through eastern Washington before making its way to the Pacific. Along this route is the astonishing Columbia River Gorge, and a section here on this area is extremely useful -- and inspiring. But not everything in the regions discussed here is merely scenic: a prominent relic of the World's Fair is the Space Needle with a shaft rising 605 feet and supporting the flying saucer-shaped floors near its crown -- a remarkable vision of the future seen from the past, and its just one of the many delights that will be opened to the reader by this comprehensive guide to two great regions. You may as well start saving for that trip right away... --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book begins with a colour section with a map and sections on where/when to go, followed by photographs of 28 things not to miss - including Mount St.Helens, Crater Lake, whale watching, Stanley Park in Vancouver etc. There is then the 'Basics' section with chapters on 'Getting there', 'Getting around', 'Outdoor pursuits', 'Gay and lesbian travellers' etc etc. Then we get the standard 'Guide' itself, divided up into eleven geographical areas, including Seattle, Portland and Vancouver. These area/city/town sections are further divided up into manageable areas and include detais of things to see, small maps, accommodation options (including cheap hostels), places to eat, nightlife etc. Finally there is a 'Contexts' section with notes on history, wildlife, books and films and also a detailed index
I should note that although I did purchase this book I later also looked at the Lonely Planet Guide to the Pacific Northwest and that did seem just as good if not better than the Rough Guide. It has a similar layout and when I checked accommodation options in one town in both guides the Lonely Planet did have the more detailed and accurate information. However, I'm sure that the Rough Guide will serve us well both in planning the trip and using when we travel around the area.