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Pennsylvania Off the Beaten Path, 10th: A Guide to Unique Places [Paperback]

Christine O'Toole


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June 2 2009 Off the Beaten Path Series (Book 10)
Go beyond the usual tourist attractions to discover hidden treasures in the Keystone State.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: GPP Travel; Tenth edition (June 2 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762750529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762750528
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,185,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tired of the same old tourist traps? Whether you’re a visitor or a local looking for something different, let Pennsylvania Off the Beaten Path show you the Keystone State you never knew existed.
 
Track migrating raptors at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary near Pottsville; climb the 700 stairs of the South Side Slopes for a panoramic view of Pittsburgh; or see and hear nickelodeons, band organs, and music boxes at the DeBence Antique Music World Museum in Franklin.
 
Gaze upon the starry nighttime sky at Pennsylvania’s first official “Dark Sky Park,” in remarkably remote Cherry Springs State Park—one of the darkest spots in America!
So if you’ve “been there, done that” one too many times, get off the main road and venture Off the Beaten Path.

About the Author

Christine H. O’Toole has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, Pittsburgh Magazine, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. A native of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, she is a coauthor of Pennsylvania’s Forbes Trail.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Huge disappointment. Sept. 23 2011
By Ted's Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was ready to buy this but borrowed it instead. Wish I had read the one other one-star review before I wasted the gas picking it up. This book has no rhyme nor reason to it. It's all criss-crossing a state that I know so well in no logical way, even within the regions highlighted. The maps that are in the book are worthless. There are cities and places named that are not on any map in the book. There are places mentioned: restaurants, hotels, cities with maybe a website, maybe an address and maybe a mention of what city it is near but usually not. To me, 'off the beaten path' means places others don't go to, places you haven't seen even though you've been there several times, etc. This book has very little of that. Since I'm from the great Keystone State, I was looking for places to go that I have not been to yet for our upcoming vacation back East. Found very few such places within the three regions we'll be visiting.

My biggest complaint about this book is how it skips around. Might be really nice if she'd have started in one corner of a region and worked through it in a logical way with a little more attention to putting sites and cities she mentions on the few maps in the book. If you do have or borrow or buy this book, get a good map of Pennsylvania and use it while you read it. But don't bother to waste your time with this one. There are so many more better travel books for the fantastic state of Pennsylvania than this one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Just "Off"! May 25 2011
By Kathleen Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just received this book and began flipping through it, and already I'm disappointed. First of all, the listing says it's 192 pages. It's not. The book is 159 pages, including the index and appendix. Secondly, the author claims that George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" was filmed in Pittsburgh. It was not. It was filmed in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, one hour or so south of Pittsburgh. I used to play in the cemetery when I was a kid and now my own kids do. My Aunt still lives in the town and remembers the filming.

I have several of these "Off The Beaten Path" books and really have loved the idea behind them and have found them to be very useful. And fun. Unfortunately, this one is an exception. A travel guide doesn't have much wiggle room for inaccuracy.
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