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.

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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.


I was really pleased to see that I have already seen a lot of the places listed in this book. It made me realize how lucky and blessed I was that my parents made sure that my siblings and I saw these places while we were growing up.


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.

Barbara Hancher

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


This book is great! I was surprised at how many thing that were recommended for my home state of Indiana. I would recommend this book for families taking trips anywhere in the United States and Canada.

Melissa Bond

An adventurous read, but having already visited many of the places featured, it can sometimes seem more of an advertisement for failing tourist traps than true gems that must be on every single person's bucket list. Nevertheless, this is a great book to have when you travel, just to see something that is not so often seen. And for those who do not travel, you can clearly imagine what each place is truly like by the colorful descriptions written on each and every place.

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!

Alex Telander

1000 PLACES TO SEE IN THE USA AND CANADA BEFORE YOU DIE BY PATRICIA SCHULTZ: When travel writer Patricia Schultz published 1000 Places to See Before You Die on May 22nd, 2003, she expected the book to do relatively well like her other travel writings. She has written for Frommer’s, Berlitz, and Access travel guides, and has published articles in Condé Nast Traveler, Islands, and Harper’s Bazaar: a fairly accomplished travel writer in her field. This was the general idea for bookstores also: 1000 Places would do relatively well being a travel book and an original idea. No one predicted an amazing, bestselling success; one of the top gifts for Christmas of that year; and an unstoppable expansion into new uncharted territories: a calendar, a TV show, a registered trademark, a soon-to-be information-filled website (www.1000beforeyourdie.com), and an idea that will spawn countless sequels, such as Shultz’s latest release 1000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die, released almost exactly four years later.What makes this new book unique for Americans and Canadians is that there is at least one chapter (if not more) in this book that each person will know very well, for it is about where they live. They likely will know the big tourist spots, the areas one must visit, and the locations that are known worldwide; these are all included in 1000 Places to See in USA and Canada Before You Die. However, Schultz takes you further with short detailed articles on areas you may never have heard of, even if you live in that particular area. I live in California and have for some time. I’ve seen a lot of the popular locations Schultz mentions: Alcatraz Island, Catalina Island, Yosemite, and the Mission Santa Barbara; but on reading this chapter I was thrilled to discover new locations I’d never heard of within California, such as Ojai, a delightful town located north of Los Angeles, as well as the annual Festival of the Arts, held in Laguna Beach each summer. Included in this chapter on California are also articles on popular restaurants for both Los Angeles and San Francisco.Schultz takes you on a journey through every state of the United States, and every province in Canada, providing the reader with valuable information that doesn’t take up that much room. Each article is a couple pages long and ideal for reading in a brief space of time, say, waiting for a train or plane, or taking a cab ride across a city you’ve never been to before. One of the keys to this book and Schultz’s last, is the economical way they have been published in paperback form (however, 1000 Places to See in USA and Canada Before You Die is also available in hardcover), and while they may not fit in your pocket, they easily slip into a backpack or purse, weigh little, and are very easy to navigate with a table of contents and extensive index. Schultz goes one step further with her latest book in providing the reader with “special indexes” in addition to the regular one, which includes: first-rate hotels, resorts, and spas; lists of unique restaurants and places to eat; scenic drives; getaway islands; and where to take the kids, to name a few.The saying is: “So many places, so little time.” But thanks to Patricia Schultz, travelers now have two invaluable resources that while not making it possible to see every important place in the world in one lifetime, nevertheless quantify and qualify what there is so see and why you should see it; whether you’re sitting on a couch in your home deciding where to travel to; or 35,000 feet up on your way to a new and never before seen country; or traveling along a rarely and hidden location you’ve never heard. Over a hundred years ago, every traveler was required to have their Baedeker on them at all times; in the twenty-first century, it is now 1000 Places to See . . . For more book reviews, and author interviews, go to BookBanter.


I really didn't read every word of this book, but it's one I can come back to. I checked off only 158 places that I've visited, out of 1,000 - and I thought I was well-travelled! There are actually places even in Illinois (like Nauvoo and the Frank Lloyd Wright home in Oak Park) that I haven't seen. I'm adding Macinac Island and a few spots in Louisville , KY later this summer, but I have a long way to go!

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.

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.

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!

Renee Yesso

Just like the whole world edition...fun to read, but a lot of the places to see are golf courses and the like. Those don't exactly make my top 1000 list. But I want to see everything, so I like reading travel books.


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.).


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

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