Synopses & Reviews
Introducing the Eighth Wonder of travel books. A joyous, passionate gift book for travelers both the real and the armchair variety 1,000 Places to See Before You Die
delivers exactly the promise of its around-the-world, continent-by-continent listing of places guaranteed to give you shivers, the unique and wonderful places you must see on and off the beaten track.
Take a safari into Botswana's Okavango Delta, the world's largest oasis, where "if you see 10 percent of what sees you, it's an exceptional day." Sail the Grenadines, 32 islands and hundreds of dotlike cays strung like a necklace of gems across 40 miles of pristine waters. Tour the covered souks of Aleppo, where the labyrinthine streets seem straight out of A Thousand and One Nights and frankincense and myrhh are still sold. Hike the Tasman Glacier. Climb the Tuscan hills to San Gimignano. Stay at the Hassler in Rome, or Paris's Crillon you must, at least once. There's Canyon de Chelly, Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market, the backwaters of Kerala, Ipanema beach, the Buddhas of Borobudur, Mesa Verde's cave dwellings, the Oaxaca Saturday market, Ballybunion Golf Club.
The prose is gorgeous, seizing on exactly what makes each entry worthy of inclusion. And, following the romance, the nuts and bolts: addresses, phone and fax numbers, web sites, costs, best times to visit. Of special interest are subject-specific indexes gorgeous beaches, destination restaurants, world-class museums making the guide entirely user-friendly, no matter if you're dreaming or going.
"This hefty volume reminds vacationers that hot tourist spots are a small percentage of what's worth seeing out there....This is an excellent resource for the intrepid traveler." Publishers Weekly
"This hefty volume reminds vacationers that hot tourist spots are small percentage of what's worth seeing out there....This is an excellent resource for the intrepid traveler." Library Journal
"At last, a book that tells you what's beautiful, what's fun and what's just unforgettable — everywhere on earth." Newsweek
This joyous, passionate gift book is an around-the-world, continent-by-continent listing of unique and wonderful places everyone should see on and off the beaten track. Photos.
Around the world, continent by continent, here is the best the world has to offer: 1,000 places guaranteed to give travelers the shivers: sacred ruins, grand hotels, wildlife preserves, hilltop villages, snack shacks, castles, festivals, reefs, restaurants, cathedrals, hidden islands, opera houses, museums, and more. Each entry tells exactly why it's essential to visit. Then come the nuts and bolts: addresses, websites, phone and fax numbers, best times to visit. Stop dreaming and get going.
This title describes 1000 "must-see" spots, from beaches to museums to cathedrals to bustling markets, grand hotels to backwater inns, rugged safaris to the most pampering spas. It includes addresses, phone and fax numbers, websites, costs and best times to visit with subject-specific indexes.
Introducing the Eighth Wonder of travel books, the New York Times
bestseller that's been hailed by CBS-TV as one of the best books of the year and praised by Newsweek
as the "book that tells you what's beautiful, what's inspiring, what's fun and what's just unforgettable everywhere on earth."
Packed with recommendations of the world's best places to visit, on and off the beaten path, 1,000 Places To See Before You Die is a joyous, passionate gift for travelers, an around-the-world, continent-by-continent listing of beaches, museums, monuments, islands, inns, restaurants, mountains, and more. There's Botswana's Okavango Delta, the covered souks of Aleppo, the Tuscan hills surrounding San Gimignano, Canyon de Chelly, the Hassler hotel in Rome, Ipanema Beach, the backwaters of Kerala, Oaxaca's Saturday market, the Buddhas of Borobudur, Ballybunion golf club-all the places guaranteed to give you the shivers.
The prose is gorgeous, seizing on exactly what makes each entry worthy of inclusion. And, following the romance, the nuts and bolts: addresses, phone numbers, websites, costs, and best times to visit--all updated for 2010 with the most current information.
About the Author
Patricia Schultz is the co-author of Made in Italy. A former writer for Frommer's, Access, and Berlitz travel guides, she is a freelance travel writer, and her articles have appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Harper's Bazaar, and Departures.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION • xi
THE STORY OF THIS BOOK x i • HOW THE BOOK IS ORGANIZED x v
EUROPE • 1
From Windsor Castle to the Highland Games of Scotland, Vezelay in Burgundy to Ávila in Spain, Count Draculas Castle in Romania to Santas Village in Finland
GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND 3 • ENGLAND • SCOTLAND • WALES • IRELAND • NORTHERN IRELAND • WESTERN EUROPE 90 • AUSTRIA • BELGIUM • FRANCE • MONACO • GERMANY • GREECE • ITALY • NETHERLANDS • PORTUGAL • SPAIN • SWITZERLAND • EASTERN EUROPE 290 • CZECH REPUBLIC • HUNGARY • POLAND • ROMANIA • RUSSIA • SCANDINAVIA 312 • DENMARK • FINLAND • ICELAND • NORWAY • SWEDEN
AFRICA • 3 4 3
From the Great Pyramids of Giza to the Imilchil Betrothal Fair in Morocco, Kenyas Masai Mara to Namibias Skeleton Coast, South Africas Drakensberg Mountains to Stone Town in Zanzibar
NORTHERN AFRICA 345 • EGYPT • MOROCCO • TUNISIA • EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA 361 • BOTSWANA • ETHIOPIA • KENYA • MADAGASCAR • MALAWI • MALI • MAURITIUS • NAMIBIA • SEYCHELLES • SOUTH AFRICA • TANZANIA • UGANDA • ZAMBIA • ZIMBABWE
THE MIDDLE EAST • 397
From the Dead Sea to Jerusalems Old City, Petra in Jordan to Krak des Chevaliers in Syria, Dubais Gold Souk to Yemens Old Sanaa
ISRAEL • JORDAN • OMAN • SAUDI ARABIA • SYRIA • UNITED ARAB EMIRATES • YEMEN
ASIA • 417
From Beijings Forbidden City to Xians Terra-Cotta Warriors, Japans Sapporo Snow Festival to Calcuttas Marble Palace, Turkeys Whirling Dervishes to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam
EAST ASIA 419 • CHINA • JAPAN • MONGOLIA • SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA 440 • BHUTAN • INDIA • IRAN • NEPAL • SRI LANKA • TURKEY• TURKMENISTAN • UZBEKISTAN • SOUTHEAST ASIA 475 • CAMBODIA• INDONESIA • LAOS • MALAYSIA • MYANMAR • PHILIPPINES • SINGAPORE• THAILAND • VIETNAM
AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, AND THE PACIFIC ISLANDS • 513
From the Sydney Opera House to Ayers Rock, New Zealands Tasman Glacier to the Cook Islands Dance Festival, the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea to Tongas Heilala Festival
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND 515 • THE PACIFIC ISLANDS 540• COOK ISLANDS • FIJI • FRENCH POLYNESIA • MICRONESIA
• PAPUA NEW GUINEA • TONGA • WESTERN SAMOA
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND CANADA • 5 6 1
From Alaskas Inside Passage to Savannahs Historic District, the Art Institute of Chicago to the French Quarter in New Orleans, the Las Vegas Strip to New Yorks Finger Lakes Region, Monticello in Virginia to Jackson Hole in Wyoming, Skating the Rideau Canal in Ottawa to Heli-Skiing in British Columbia
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 563 • CANADA 747
LATIN AMERICA • 7 7 7
From the Mayan Ruins of Palenque in Mexico to Belizes Barrier Reef, the San Blas Archipelago of Panama to Buenos Airess Tango Bars, Chiles Wine Region to the Otavalo Market in Ecuador, Machu Picchu in Peru to the Penguin Rookeries of Antarctica
MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA 779 • MEXICO • BELIZE • COSTA RICA• GUATEMALA • HONDURAS • PANAMA • SOUTH AMERICA AND ANTARCTICA 804 • ARGENTINA • BOLIVIA • BRAZIL • CHILE • COLOMBIA • ECUADOR• PERU • URUGUAY • VENEZUELA • ANTARCTICA
THE CARIBBEAN, BAHAMAS, AND BERMUDA • 849
From Cap Juluca in Anguilla to the Shark Rodeo at Walkers Cay in the Bahamas, Cubas Jazz Festival to Sailing the Grenadines, Old San Juan in Puerto Rico to Saba Marine Park
ANGUILLA • ANTIGUA • BAHAMAS • BARBADOS • BARBUDA • BERMUDA• BONAIRE • BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS • CAYMAN ISLANDS • CUBA• DOMINICA • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC • GRENADA • THE GRENADINES• GUADELOUPE • JAMAICA • MARTINIQUE • NEVIS • PUERTO RICO • SABA • ST. BARTHÉLEMY • ST. KITTS • ST. LUCIA • ST. MARTIN • TOBAGO • TRINIDAD • U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
INDEXES • 895
SPECIAL INDEXES 895 • ACTIVE TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE • ANCIENT WORLDS: PYRAMIDS, RUINS, AND LOST CITIES • CULINARY EXPERIENCES• FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS • GLORIES OF NATURE: GARDENS, PARKS AND WILDERNESS PRESERVES, AND NATURAL WONDERS • GORGEOUS BEACHES AND GETAWAY ISLANDS • GREAT HOTELS AND RESORTS • LIVING HISTORY: CASTLES AND PALACES, HISTORICAL SITES • UNRIVALED MUSEUMS • ROADS, ROUTES, AND BYWAYS • SACRED PLACES • GENERAL INDEX 918