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


This is okay for what it is. If you know nothing about these areas then this is a good place to begin researching. Ultimately, it is a beginning, not an end to planning trips.

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.

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. :)


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!


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-...

Barbara Hancher

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

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!


This book gives you an excuse to live life fully (not that any of us need one) while making it crystal clear that there are only 365 days in a year, so one needs to get busy traveling.


A graduation gift, I was pleasantly surprised to find a concise list of "must-sees" throughout the country. While travel information of this sort is probably more accurate, broad, and tailorable online, the book does the trick of bringing it all to one place. Fun to read through and check of places I've been, daydream about places I'd like to go, and research activities for an upcoming move.


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.


I love travel lists, and I loved this book. It's especially great if you have unlimited money, because it emphasizes expensive spas, hotels, and restaurants. I don't have unlimited money, but I still loved this book.


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.

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.

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