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How will Arizona’s housing market be impacted by the southern California fires? Frommer’s Arizona and the Grand Canyon 2012 (Frommer’s Color Complete) Frommer’s Arizona and the Grand Canyon 2012 (Frommer’s Color Complete) Cool Arizona Marketing images Cool Arizona Marketing images 3 Comments J. Paulsonn May 28, 2012 at 11:45 pm 16 of 18 people found the following review helpful Do people plan vacations by “theme”?, May 12, 2009By J. Paulsonn (Ohio) – This review is from: Lonely Planet Arizona New Mexico and the Grand Canyon Trips (Regional Travel Guide) (Paperback) Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program (What’s this?)Most travel guides organize their information geographically. This one takes a different tack and attempts to organize trips by theme. As much as I normally like Lonely Planet guides, this one does not work for me. I toured Arizona with this book in tow, and found the information frustratingly superficial, scattered, and unfocused. A paragraph on Sedona, AZ may be followed by one for Phoenix (100+ miles away) followed by one on Tucson (another 100+ miles). This book jumps around a LOT. Do people really plan vacations by “theme”?If I’m in an area, say just south of Phoenix, I want to be able to look in a guidebook and find interesting places to visit in that vicinity. This is the way most travel guides are organized, and rightly so. This book will be of little help for that kind of reference.Sure, this book can be an entertaining read–but it is more suitable for armchair travel and trip planning than take-along reference. Besides, one of the joys of travel is variety–how many people really want to base a tour of the Southwest solely on beers, green chilies, or the margarita? This book even tells you what music to play in your car as you travel Route 66–what happened to spontaneity and travel serendipity?Still, there are some useful tours: the chapter on the Rim-to-Rim hike through the Grand Canyon makes sense. The “48 Hours in Greater Phoenix” tour is similarly focused. I should also point out some rather courageous coverage of polygamist Mormon sects in southern Utah. These particular chapters succeed because they are more geographically centered than the scattershot theme tours.If you like the idea of taking a trip based on one theme, buy it, but there are much better guides out there for real reference.Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Admiralu "Ursula" "admiralu" May 28, 2012 at 11:49 pm 5 of 6 people found the following review helpful Get a AAA Arizona, New Mexico Tourbook Instead, May 21, 2009By Admiralu “Ursula” “admiralu” (Camarillo, California United States) – This review is from: Lonely Planet Arizona New Mexico and the Grand Canyon Trips (Regional Travel Guide) (Paperback) Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program (What’s this?)This is the second Trips book that I have read. The scattered organization of the series is supposed to give readers trip ideas, but the book tries way too hard to be hip and cool. Too many ideas are presented with little information about the attractions or locations. The major sections of the book are trips by region – Arizona, New Mexico and the Grand Canyon; trips by state – Arizona and New Mexico; and attraction – Grand Canyon. Each major section includes selections from multiple authors for driving, dining and lodging along with a suggested music selections. I really don’t like it when authors try to suggest songs to readers and act like they are the best ideas. While some of the trips make sense: Rafting the Colorado, Gunfighters & Gold Mines, Southwest by train; Some are Unusual: Big Skies & Weird Science, Into the Vortex, Albuquirky, Out of this World and Some are designed around food and drink: Green Chile Adventure, Steak Lovers Arizona, Grapes & Hops in the desert, Brewpub crawl and Margarita Marathon. At most you get a line, maybe a paragraph about an activity or location, a sidebar and an end of section wrap up with phone numbers and websites to visit. The too brief information contains their “hip” suggestions for what to do, most of which was not interesting to me.Lonely Planet does a great job with their main travel books, but they really need to rethink the Trips series. Too many authors, lots of suggestions in all directions and not enough information really hinder this book. I highly recommend the AAA Tourbooks that are free to AAA members, in this case the Arizona and New Mexico Tourbook. They are annually updated, comprehensive and packed with valuable information that is missing from the Trips series. One example is a section on the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. In the Trips series it mentions a rough road and a hike. The AAA Tourbook will let you know about camping conditions, restrictions that apply with on the reservation and that you should not photograph the Navajo people, their property or their homes without permission. A gratuity is usually requested and that many roads in the reservation are private property. They also mention notes about steep canyon drives, activities that may be too strenuous for some and other important really useful information. What a difference it makes. You can pick your own trip ideas from a well organized book. The Trips book is seriously lacking.Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment S. Barrett May 29, 2012 at 12:32 am 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A trip for every taste, June 15, 2009By S. Barrett (Santa Cruz, CA) – This review is from: Lonely Planet Arizona New Mexico and the Grand Canyon Trips (Regional Travel Guide) (Paperback) Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program (What’s this?)58 themed itineraries with easy-to-use maps, advice and tips from local experts plus the “must-do” trips and family-friendly/pet-friendly listings are some of the delights in this Lonely Planet guide.Starting with the iconic trips which include cruising the Mother Road (Route 66), Gunfighters and Goldminers which covers the area from Prescott, AZ to Bisbee, Saguaro National Park in the Tucson and surrounding areas, Lake Powell on the Colorado River, Four Corners, where you can stand with a foot in Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico are but a few of the exciting trips to take using this expert guide. I like the sidebar that shows the starting and ending points, miles traveled, best time of year to make the trip and the time you should allot to see everything.In addition, there are sections on food and drink, day trips in the Phoenix vicinity, 48 hours in Las Vegas, Grand Canyon Region trips, Art excursions; in short, everything to make your travels more enjoyable. Tips from local travel experts will highlight places to see and things not to miss.Also included is a listing of places to eat and sleep in every major location plus websites for further details. Additionally, there are suggestions for linking trips for those having more time.Having traveled this part of the country, I found the guide superb as well as accurate in meeting expectations for every major tour. The only item I felt could have been touched on was the world famous birders’ paradise near Sierra Vista, AZ. This is a major attraction and only a few miles from Tucson, Tombstone and Bisbee. However, it was completely omitted in this otherwise outstanding guide. Perhaps this is because the guide is planned with themed trips rather than exploring all the attractions of a particular area. I felt this might not work as well for some people since they probably don’t plan their travels based upon “themes.” Still, the authors have done an outstanding job and this is reflected in the details given in the various sections.Recommended.Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | CommentComments are closed.