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by Greg Ward

Comprehensively covering New Mexico & Arizona, and stretching into some highly visited parts of Nevada (Las Vegas) and Southwest Colorado (Mesa Verde National Park), the Rough Guide to Southwest USA covers the region not just as a collection of states but both in the manner people tend to visit and by defining what the Southwest means. The area is one of the great road trip destinations in America, full of scenic national parks, unusual geological formations, unique cities like Santa Fe, vintage Americana, and Wild West towns. There are great features on Southwest movie locations, native peoples, adobe architecture and the like, and plenty of practical details and descriptions for hikes and other outdoor activities.
Download The Rough Guide to Southwest USA 4 (Rough Guide Travel Guides) epub
ISBN: 1843536838
ISBN13: 978-1843536833
Category: Travel
Subcategory: United States
Author: Greg Ward
Language: English
Publisher: Rough Guides; 4th edition (October 2, 2006)
Pages: 608 pages
ePUB size: 1456 kb
FB2 size: 1283 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 573
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The Southwest is to the United States what the Outback is to Australia. It's huge. It's hot. It's thinly settled, but more than anything, it's blessed with an incredible inventory of natural attractions and indigenous cultural sites. Because of the vast distances and sheer number of exploratory options, planning is essential. Whether you choose this book, or the equivalent guide published by Lonely Planet, you'll need a reference of some kind.

This guide limits its geographic reach in order to offer depth of coverage. Other than Las Vegas, Nevada is excluded. Only southern Utah is included, and west Texas is excluded entirely. This approach is only partially successful. I would say that the coverage in Las Vegas is excellent, and quite comprehensive, but the coverage of the fascinating mountain towns of southwestern Colorado is absolutely inadequate. So it can be a hit and miss affair. Generally, I would say its coverage of natural and indigenous sites is better than its coverage of the cities and towns.

Listings are far from comprehensive, but those included are selected for quality and authenticity. Historical and cultural contexts deserve special attention. While the standard chapters dedicated to regional history and culture are included, the sidebars and topical text boxes add real substance to the book. Maps are simple, but are colorful and attractive. Good maps of natural features are included. Photography is simple and complements the text. The photography is not meant to be a feature in and of itself.

Two standout topics: Indigenous civilization and the Grand Canyon. Both of these topics are prominently featured and well presented. If your plans include these sites, this is a good book to have.

Pragmatic material includes all the information appropriate for visitors from abroad.
Best guidebook to the Four Corners/Southwest area of many I looked at. I checked out four or five from the library, before I brought the latest edition of this one. Author Greg Ward knows what he's talking about. I also appreciated the historical details of the area and ethnographic info on the Native peoples. I have lived in or around the Southwest for many years, but had not been to some of major tourist spots for decades. Now that I'm retired, I wanted to revisit favorite national parks and ruins. This book was very helpful and accurate - and I liked the author's attitude. He's pretty honest about some of the less attractive aspects of growth and income inequality across the region. My husband and I took a week-long road trip using the book and are planning another trip to spots we missed (later this year when it gets cooler again). We toured, hiked, ate great food, made big use of our senior parks passes! What a beautiful region of the world - we are lucky not to have to travel far to get there!
I like the curmudgeon tone the descriptions sometimes take, for example, in describing the food choices on the small town of Tropic east of Bryce NP (on p.400), it says "No one would make a special trip to eat in Tropic's limited array of restaurants, but once you're here it's not worth driving anywhere else either." It's a refreshing change from the usual happy bunny tone of most guidebooks. It also hits on details other guidebooks missed, for example, of the five area guide books I have it is the only one that describes the back door path to Bryce canyon through the small road cutting though tropic. This would be my second choice for a Southern Utah park trip.
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This is a great travel guide when you want to concentrate on the activities that can be done in an area. Hits all the best (Most frequented) spots and lets you know where not to waste your precious travel time. I am glad I purchased the Kindle fire edition. Links are given in the book and you are able to access when you have Wifi. I found the layout of the book easy to follow and it is easy reading. This guide has made our trip to the southwest more enjoyable as we would have missed some gems covered in the guide. Great Value.
Very useful info in a well organized format.
I've just started reading the book and would have to say that I like the layout of the book. The maps are Ho-Hum but accurrate. He is fixated with one budget motel chain and I can't figure out why. I also like that the author likes to call a spade a spade. If the subject is a waste of time or money he points that fact out. Would be a great buy at twice the money!!
Very detailed. Found gobs of information to help me in planning my trip.
An enjoyable, informative and comprehensive exploration. Useful tips and insights into history and culture and geography. Our must have guide on kindle for our upcoming tour.