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


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


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.

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!


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.

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.


This book made me reminisce and dream.When you pick up this book and browse through it, it would make you fall in love with the places, so absolutely, that you would really want to go to them. This is a wonderful companion book, and I'll sure to carry this on my travels. and make sure to myself that I'll travel these 1000 places before I die. :)

Steven Peterson

This is a fun book. The reader can build vacations around it. The work is based on the philosophy that (page x): ". . .travel has always been based on removing myself from what is comfortable and safe, on seeking out experiences that broaden my horizons and enrich me in ways superficial and profound." The author also notes that she (page xiii) ". . .discovered time and again the country that is my home." I'm from Illinois originally, so I immediately looked at the sites in the Prairie State. Many of these make a great deal of sense. Of course, one can always ask questions like: If Nauvoo, why not Bishop Hill? Still, good selections from my home state. I lived in New York for quite awhile. I love the inclusion of the Anchor Bar (home of "Buffalo chicken wings"). I enjoyed the weekend jazz music and the wings. This is where Buffalo chicken wings began. The inevitable question: Why not the Genesee River Gorge? Once more, no criticism of the author's choices--just that there are a lot of possibilities that don't show up in the book. Now, I live in Pennsylvania. And while I can understand the places included in this book, I also wonder why the exquisite Capitol Building of the Commonwealth in Harrisburg is not listed. However, that is part of the charm of such books. Engaging in a dialogue with the authors' choices. All in all, a very nice work and a good read.

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-...

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!


A good giant checklist and idea book of things you should do all over the US. Some of them are on the expensive end, but I find this as a great place to start when I am planning a trip to a new area. Definitely gives me the ideas about what's cool in that place and what the highlights are that I wouldn't want to miss.


You know those books you look at and go hmm well that could be interesting, this is one of those books. It makes me want to get into my car and just start driving to explore the lovely country side of the United States. Fill up the gas tank of your imagination and lets go for a spin.

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.

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.


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.

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