Great regional guidebooks from Moon

April 9, 2009 | By | Comments (0)

Guide books

Travel guides are like carpenters’ tools, or chefs’ knives.  Each has its purpose, and part of the trick in using one is knowing which to pick.

For example, if you’re heading off the grid, Lonely Planet is your go-to guide, while Frommer's and Fodor’s are perfect for a general overview of a place.

I’m also a big fan of Moon guides, which offer a nice hybrid of the two extremes.

Florida Gulf Coast

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That’s why I was excited to discover that the company is expanding its U.S. offerings in a big way. I just got its new books on Tampa & St. Petersburg, and Florida’s Gulf Coast. These are areas that are often overlooked by the larger publishers.

And Moon has plenty more coming. This year it will release more than two dozen new titles. Many will be of interest to U.S. coastal travelers; Look for new books on Virginia’s Coast, Wisconsin’s Door County, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the North Carolina Coast, the Jersey Shore, Baltimore, Cleveland, and the Olympic Peninsula.

What’s your favorite guidebook? Let us know in the comments.

Top photo: ooOJasonOoo via Flickr

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