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  • Paperback: 1088 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; 11 edition (March 9 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470387467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470387467
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 5.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,210,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's impossible for a single guidebook to completely cover a country as massive and diverse as America, but Frommer's USA comes close. Sure, some will quibble with destination choices (for example, the editors mention Martha's Vineyard, but not Nantucket) but overall, this 1,000-plus-page tome hits the mark. Chapters focus on both major cities and larger regions (New England, Southern California, etc.), covering such basics as activities, lodging, and affordable restaurants, and doing so in excruciating detail (admission prices, hours of operation, directions, whether or not a hotel has valet parking). You'll also find plenty of full-page maps and quirky little sidebars (gourmet food stores in Napa, best Chicago blues bars). As if that weren't enough, there's an online travel directory with Web addresses for everything from Ticketmaster to Zagat's to Amtrak. If you plan on seeing even a sliver of what this country has to offer, take this guidebook with you. --Jill Fergus --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Frommer's. The best trips start here.

Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer.

  • With attractions and events in all 50 states, Frommer's USA helps you plan your best trip from coast to coast (and all the places in between).
  • Outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not.

  • Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip whatever your budget.

  • Off-the-beaten-path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions.

Find great deals, the latest travel news, trip ideas, and more at Frommers.com


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While on the road (Las Vegas, Arizona and New Mexico) I reviewed three USA guides and my first choice was Fodor's, then Frommer's and finally, Let's Go.
Frommer's practical recommendations are judicious ("We highly recommend that you rent a car when in Las Vegas". YES). The guide's 'What to See & Do' is worth adhering to. The maps are excellent and locate accommodations and dining rapidly for you. The comments for restaurants were normally 'spot on the money', but, restaurants can turn over ownership and management quickly and quality can drop. I experienced this in the case of the Frommer's recommended restaurant 'Maria Teresa' in Albuquerque. This is a property needs to be revisited and possibly dropped from the guide.
Very disappointing (and the PRIMARY reason for the 3 star rating) is the absences of any prices for accommodations or restaurants! This is the first major guide I have ever reviewed that omitted prices! This is a major flaw for this guide.
There are better guides for your money. Consider Fodor's (see my review) or if you are economically challenged consider 'Let's Go USA' (see my review). Conditionally recommend
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Not as complete as Fodors, and there are better guides. Dec 16 2003
By fdoamerica - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While on the road (Las Vegas, Arizona and New Mexico) I reviewed three USA guides and my first choice was Fodor's, then Frommer's and finally, Let's Go.
Frommer's practical recommendations are judicious ("We highly recommend that you rent a car when in Las Vegas". YES). The guide's 'What to See & Do' is worth adhering to. The maps are excellent and locate accommodations and dining rapidly for you. The comments for restaurants were normally 'spot on the money', but, restaurants can turn over ownership and management quickly and quality can drop. I experienced this in the case of the Frommer's recommended restaurant 'Maria Teresa' in Albuquerque. This is a property needs to be revisited and possibly dropped from the guide.
Very disappointing (and the PRIMARY reason for the 3 star rating) is the absences of any prices for accommodations or restaurants! This is the first major guide I have ever reviewed that omitted prices! This is a major flaw for this guide.
There are better guides for your money. Consider Fodor's (see my review) or if you are economically challenged consider 'Let's Go USA' (see my review). Conditionally recommend
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful for Travel in the USA Dec 6 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I drove from coast to coast using this book and an road map atlas. It was of great help. My only complaint is that there were very few maps in the book. If you are planning a road trip, then don't count on this book as an atlas. Regardless of that, this book has almost everything you need, phone numbers, directions, descriptions, and a long list of places to stay. It's well worth it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of our Fave Guidebooks June 17 2012
By HoustonSue - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
We are a repeat purchaser on this guidebook. Since we retired, we have done some cross-country travel, and this is a wonderful guide to plan the best routes to take to enjoy some sightseeing along the way.
Useless June 3 2012
By Nancy Tan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is useless. As a faithful Frommer's fan, I was deeply disappointed. Probably because it tried to cover too large a region, it ended up not giving decent coverage to any region.

It seems to me that this book is a compilation of Frommer's already existing city and regional guides, except less complete, with one or two sketchy description of the areas in between. This is useless for anyone planning a car trip where pleasant meanderings and stops are the highlights. For example, after 26 pages on New York City, which would have been covered far better in Frommer's New York City guide, there were 3 pages on the Hudson River Valley, 3 pages on the Andironacks, one page on Niagara Falls and just a few lines over one page on the Finger Lakes area, where only Corning was named as a destination!

For a car trip exploring the different states, I found the Moon series of travel guides far more helpful. I frankly can't think of what kind of trip this USA guide would be good for.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
pretty good April 3 2000
By Aya Tami - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Since I am planing to go to road trip in this summer, I went through a lot of travel books across america. This is the best one out there. It not only includes hot spots in all over the usa, but also has a detail rates in hotels and motels. I love it. I am sure I will have a great time with this book handy!

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