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The Rough Guide to the Pacific North West - 4th Edition Paperback – 24 Jun 2004

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 4th Revised edition edition (24 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843532859
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843532859
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 one’s pocket, it’s 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 it’s 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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"I used this book to plan a recent trip to Oregon. It's coverage was first class."

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By A Customer on 9 Mar. 2005
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Be careful. I bought this book assuming it was an update of the previous Rough Guide which included the Canadian Rockies and Aberta as well as Alaska. Not an unreasonable assumption since it is called the 4th edition. However, this guide covers a different area- it has far more detail about the US states and little about Canada. It would be less misleading if they had given it a different title since in effect it's the 1st edition of a new book rather than a 4th edition as it claims to be.I'm sure it's excellent if it's the exact area you want .
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As a regular user of Rough Guides this was a disappointment - the text is interesting enough, but the content doesn't match with the title; calling it the Rough Guide to Pacific Northwest/subtitle Oregon, Washington, Southern British Columbia is misleading because it covers only the western parts of the first two states, and Southern British Columbia seems to the writers to be Vancouver Island and Vancouver. Not what I'd hoped for, they should change the title NOW, or warn customers what the book really contains. First time I've felt cheated!
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My wife and I have always used Rough Guides in preference to other guide books and have done several road trips in the States with various USA Rough Guides and found them very useful. For planning a forthcoming trip to the Pacific Northwest we decided to get this regional guide instead of just using our USA Rough Guide because it obviously gives greater detail and also because it includes southern British Columbia as well as Washington and Oregon.

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.
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This guidebook is very helpful when planning a trip. Most towns - even small ones - get a mention, and the information is accurate.
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Book was in good condition as described
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