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Frommer's American Southwest (Frommer's American Southwest)by Lesley S King
Synopses & Reviews
You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go— they've done the legwork for you, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other series offers candid reviews of so many hotels and restaurants in all price ranges. Every Frommer's Travel Guide is up-to-date, with exact prices for everything, dozens of color maps, and exciting coverage of sports, shopping, and nightlife. You'd be lost without us
Meticulously researched, with every recommendation based on personal experience, Frommer’ s American Southwest is the only guide you’ ll need to experience all the adventure and natural wonders of this amazing corner of the country. In this detailed and completely up-to-date guide, you’ ll find geat places to stay in every price range: luxury resorts, historic B& Bs, family-friendly motels, ranches, rustic cabins, and more.
We’ ll show you all the sights, from dinosaur fossils and ancient cliff dwellings to Wild West saloons and Native American pueblos. You’ ll rely on our complete coverage of the national parks and monuments, including the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, and Canyon de Chelly. Whether you’ re looking for family fun or daredevil thrills, Frommer’ s American Southwest will help you design the adventure that’ s right for you.
Frommer's. The best trips start here.
Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer.
The best of the Southwest, from Native American culture and outdoor adventures to luxurious spas and world-class resorts.
Outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not.
Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip whatever your budget.
Off-the-beaten-path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions.
Over 4.2 million people traveled to Southwestern cities in 2005. This guide includes destinations in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, plus info on the Four Corners Region and Las Vegas.
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.
Table of Contents
List of Maps.
What’s New in the Southwest.
1. The Best of the Southwest.
2. Planning Your Trip to the Southwest.
3. Suggested Southwest Itineraries.
4. The Active Vacation Planner.
5. The Four Corners Area.
6. Santa Fe.
9. Pueblos, Reservations & the Best of Northern New Mexico.
10. UFOs & Carlsbad Caverns: Southern New Mexico from Top to Bottom.
12. Phoenix, Scottsdale & the Valley of the Sun.
13. The Deserts, High Plains & Sky Islands of Southern Arizona.
14. Sedona & the Colorado River: The Best of Central & Western Arizona.
15. The Grand Canyon & Northern Arizona.
16. Southern Utah’s National Parks.
17. Las Vegas.
Appendix: The Southwest in Depth.
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