1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. & Canada Before You Die

ISBN: 0761136916
ISBN 13: 9780761136910
By: Patricia Schultz

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It's the phenomenon: 1,000 Places to See Before You Die has 2.2 million copies in print and has spent 144 weeks and counting on The New York Times bestseller list. Now, shipping in time for the tens of millions of travelers heading out for summer trips, comes 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. & Canada Before You Die. Sail the Maine Windjammers out of Camden. Explore the gold-mining trails in Alaska's Denali wilderness. Collect exotic shells on the beaches of Captiva. Take a barbecue tour of Kansas City—from Arthur Bryant's to Gates to B.B.'s Lawnside to Danny Edward's to LC's to Snead's. There's the ice hotel in Quebec, the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, cowboy poetry readings, what to do in Louisville after the Derby's over, and for every city, dozens of unexpected suggestions and essential destinations. The book is organized by region, and subject-specific indices in the back sort the book by interest—wilderness, great dining, best beaches, world-class museums, sports and adventures, road trips, and more. There's also an index that breaks out the best destinations for families with children. Following each entry is the nuts and bolts: addresses, websites, phone numbers, costs, best times to visit.

Reader's Thoughts

Angel Cowgirl

Some good suggestions here, but obviously stretching to reach the 1,000 mark. So many hotels and resorts are listed that it seems like the author must have gotten some perks along the way. Irritatingly organized by region (Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, etc) rather than alphabetically by state or province.


I don't like that there are just towns that need to be seen. I was looking for fun places when going on a road trip and just tells me to go to a specific town and basically figure it out myself. Not at all what I wanted.


1.5 starI'm not sure there is anything in this book that you can't find with a good search online. Yes, it may help you find a couple of extra places - I don't know. The layout is poor and descriptions are underwhelming. The book does not fit the title. I don't need to know about three hotels in an area to see before I die, unless they are the most amazing structural marvels to mankind. Bleh. 2-stars because there is probably some valuable stuff in here.


The first thing I do when I pick up a book like this is look to see if the things I know for a fact are accurate. Since I was born and raised in Minnesota, that was the first place I checked. My theory being - if her writing on Minnesota is good and accurate, I can trust her writing on other locations. Her writing on Minnesota was astounding! I would give her an A for what she chose to write about, how she wrote it, and the accuracy of the information. I then found the rest of the book a delight. Of course, this is more of a pick up and put down reference type of read, but I found her writing to be fun and interesting. Every place sounded valuable to visit.

Debbey Sperberg lukaszewicz

I love lists especially of the to-do variety, I love to travel and because of this I love this book! Before I bought this domestic version, I acquired the original "1000 Places to See" which I also loved but since Im usually on the broke side there was a lot of sighing and "How will I ever see all these amazing places, how oh how" Well this book has a lot less of that, of course there are a thousand(!) places so unless I spend my rest of my life on the road (if only!!) I wont be completely this thorough, interesting, and insightful list but I do get to use my highlighter pens (yellow for "I want to go", pink for "oh yeah Ive been) quite a bit more!


I only read the Prince Edward Island part of this 1100+ page book, but it included this site: http://www.visitcharlottetown.com/ Site copyright 2002, still lists events for 2007. Book was published in 2011. Boo. Several other sites were not current, but readers are encouraged to report errors on the web site. Other than that, I like the concept of this book and would peruse it before going somewhere new, or when looking for something unusual to see nearby. As the opening quote says, "The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land." --Gilbert K. ChestertonFrom the Acknowledgments: "Maya Angelou once said you can judge people by how they handle tangled Christmas lights and lost luggage. Nick Stringas laughs at lost luggage, wrong turns, and canceled flights -- always with a smile the size of Montana -- reminding me that there's no such thing as a bad trip."Includes Special Indexes by category (adventure, culinary, kids, etc.).

Greg Jones

An OK guide to some out of the way places you might not have been. Unfortunately the places near me were all ones I'd previously discovered, and the write ups about them didn't make me want to visit! If I were heading to a new place for vacation, this would make an excellent resource, but there are probably better ones that would specific to any area I would visit.

Adrian Sanabria

I was disappointed. I was hoping for a book with some deep, personal insight into some of these places. Inside tips on where to go, what to do. Instead, this reads like a typical tourist guide. I checked out some of the places I've been on the list, and if you follow this guide, you're going to miss the best parts.

Cari Tavary

It has a lot of good ideas and places to see, eat, and visit. But it isn't really geared towards those with kids. More the museum, land mark kind of places. A great way to start planning a trip though! And it's really eye opening too!

Barbara Hancher

Good travel guide to US and Canada. Use it when I travel.

Carla Capshaw

I was so glad when this book came out. The original 1000 places is my travel Bible and this one comes a close second. I love having all these extras places to visit here at home.

Jeni Enjaian

For someone who loves to travel this is a must have. The descriptions of each place were well done and wide ranging. The only criticism I have is that the author often designates things such as "historic hotels" or "restaurants" for a certain city. I would rather landmarks be pointed out and hotels and restaurants (unless they are themselves a landmark like the Oyster House in Boston) for other guides like Frommer's or Lonely Planets. Maybe that way Ms. Shultz would have had room for a landmark in South Carolina outside the lowcountry. :)


Use this as my travel log. Marking each place off one by one!


I was so excited when I saw this at the bookstore! I am obsessed with the world edition so I of course had to buy this one. I like to visit and read about more exotic places than the US and Canada but this has lots of fun places close to home.

Lacy Cox

Lacy CoxAPA Citation: Schultz, P. (2011). 1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada before you die (Updated ed.). New York, NY: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.Call Number: Ref 402.03 Sch Reference: EncyclopediaRelevance & Relationship: This is one of the only travel books available in the reference collection. This book could be used in geography classes, marketing classes, and advertising classes. This is most relevant travel wise to students because most will not be able to explore the world, but might be able to explore the United States.Purpose: The purpose of this book is to identify interesting and famous places within the U.S. and Canada to visit. Validity: Publisher's Weekly provides a positive review and states that the scope is very in-depth. Format: Found in print form in the reference room. The book has two columns to describe destinations with numerous pictures (almost one per page). There is not a bulleted list but many key facts are found in bold letters such as best time to visit, prices, etc. Arrangement & Presentation: An introduction to the reader is provided with a table of contents that divides the states by regions and provides page numbers. There is also a section for U.S. destinations and Canadian destinations. A special index is also included that includes golf courses, nature information, and places for sports fans. There are several different indexes besides the special index listed. There is also an activity index, culinary experiences index, and alphabetical index of places. The multiple indexes make at least 10 different ways to access a destination.Diversity: There are several travel books but this is the only one specific to the top 1,000 places to visit in the United States. This is also the easiest to follow and find a destination. This should be applicable to most students who would more likely be able to travel the United States and Canada compare to world wide travel.Citation Review: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1000-...

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