Fodor’s Great American Vacations, subtitled 25 Affordable Family Trips
to the USA’s Best-Loved Destinations, sets out to provide vacationing
families with the information they need to explore these popular sites.
It features 10 cities: Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New
Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco and
Washington, D.C. Eight national parks are also included: Badlands, Grand
Canyon, Grand Teton, Great Smoky Mountains, Hot Springs, Mammoth Cave,
Yellowstone and Yosemite.
In addition, the book covers several natural and man-made
attractions: the Black Hills, the Blue Ridge, Cape Cod, Gettysburg, the
Lincoln Trail, Mount Rushmore, the Ozarks, Pennsylvania Dutch Country,
Walt Disney World and Williamsburg.
Each chapter discusses exploring one of these destinations, then
details exactly what there is to see and do. Topics include children’s
programs, scenic drives, historic attractions, arts and entertainment,
shopping, dining and lodging, including campgrounds where available.
Opportunities for outdoor activities, such as bird-watching,
hiking, horseback riding, golfing, fishing, rafting and boating, are
also described. In addition, each chapter contains a map, plus data on
guided tours, seasonal events and bargain opportunities in that
Although this paperback’s 400-plus pages are packed with essential
information for visitors, it does not attempt to address the specific
needs of motorhome travelers. It does, however, succeed in meeting its
goal of providing practical assistance for families who are visiting one
of these vacation sites for the first time.
Great American Vacations ($19.95), edited by Mary Beth Bohman, is
on sale at bookstores nationwide, or via the publisher’s Web site: fodors.com.