Frommer's USA

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Wiley, Feb 17, 2009 - Travel - 1088 pages
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America’s #1 bestselling travel series

Written by more than 175 outspoken travelers around the globe, Frommer’s Complete Guides help travelers experience places the way locals do.

• More annually updated guides than any other series

• 16-page color section and foldout map in all annual guides

• Outspoken opinions, exact prices, and suggested itineraries

• Dozens of detailed maps in an easy-to-read, two-color design

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About the author (2009)

Each Frommer's guide is personally researched and thoroughly updated by a single author or a small team--unlike Fodor's, which compiles their guides on an assembly line. David Baird is a writer, editor, and translator based in Austin, Texas. He spent part of his childhood in Morelia, Mexico, and later lived for 2 years among the Mazatec Indians in Oaxaca, while he was doing graduate fieldwork.

Shirley Slater and Harry Basch are a husband-and-wife travel-writing team whose books, articles, and photographs have been published internationally over the past 25 years. Former stage, film, and television actors, they have written their syndicated column "Cruise Views" for the "Los Angeles Times" and other major newspapers for more than 20 years, produced six annual editions of "The North American Ski Guide" for Prodigy Computer Services, and written "Shirley and Harry's RV Adventures" (a monthly newsletter) plus four books on worldwide cruising.
In 1990, at the 60th World Travel Congress in Hamburg, Germany, the authors were only the third writers (and the first freelancers) to receive the prestigious Melva C. Pederson Award from the American Society of Travel Agents for "extraordinary journalistic achievement in the field of travel."
On assignment for publications as diverse as "Bon Appetit" and "Travel Weekly," they have covered 188 countries by barge, elephant back, hot-air balloon, luxury cruise ship, cross-country skis, paddle-wheel steamer, and supersonic aircraft, but their favorite method of transportation is by RV. In their first motor home, a 27-foot Winnebago Brave, and their current 36-foot Itasca Sunflyer, they have logged more than 100,000 miles traveling all over the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Aboard other RVs--from mini-motor homes to 36-foot wide bodies with slide-outs--they have traveled an additional 60,000 miles exploring the back roads and campgrounds of America. The journeys in this book are all based on the authors' personal experiences.

Bill McRae was born and raised in rural eastern Montana, though he spent the better years of his youth attending university in Great Britain, France, and Canada. He has previously written about Montana and Utah for Moon Publications and about the Pacific Northwest and Seattle for Lonely Planet. Other publications he has written for include "National Geographic" and "Microsoft Expedia," Bill is also coauthor of "Frommer's Canada," He makes his home in Portland, Oregon.

A native of California and resident by turns of Ottawa, Amsterdam, Vancouver, and now Rio de Janeiro, Shawn Blore is an award-winning magazine writer and the best-selling author of "Vancouver: Secrets of the City." In 2003, he took up the prestigious Canadian Journalism Fellowship at the University of Toronto's Massey College. He's also the author of "Frommer's Vancouver & Victoria" and "Frommer's Brazil.

Matthew Richard Poole, a native Californian, has authored more than two dozen travel guides to California, Hawaii, and abroad, and is a regular contributor to radio and television travel programs, including numerous guest appearances on the award-winning "Bay Area Backroads" television show. Before becoming a full-time travel writer and photographer, he worked as an English tutor in Prague, a ski instructor in the Swiss Alps, and a scuba instructor in Maui and Thailand. Highly allergic to office buildings and mortgage payments, he spends most of his time traveling the globe and searching for new adventures. His other Frommer's titles include "California, California from $70 a Day, San Francisco from $70 a Day," the "Irreverent Guide to San Francisco," and "Portable Disneyland.

Long before she could read, Beth Reiber spent hours pouring over her grandparents' latest "National Geographic" magazines. After living several years in Germany as a freelance travel writer working for major U.S. newspapers and in Tokyo as editor of "Far East Traveler," she authored several Frommer's guides, including "Frommer's Japan" and "Frommer's Hong Kong." She also contributes to several Frommer's guides, including "Europe from $85 a Day, Europe by Rail, Frommer's China," and "Frommer's USA." When not on the road, she resides in Lawrence, Kansas, with her two sons, a dog, and a cat.

Linda Romine has been a professional writer for nearly two decades. With a background in music, she has worked on the editorial staffs of various newspapers and magazines as a reporter, music critic, travel editor, and restaurant reviewer.

Karl Samson lives in Oregon, where he spends his time juggling his obsessions with traveling, gardening, outdoor sports, and wine. Each winter, to dry out his webbed feet, he flees the soggy Northwest to update the "Frommer's Arizona" guide. However, he always looks forward to his return to the land of good espresso. Karl is also the author of "Frommer's Seattle,

K.K. Snyder, former reporter and features writer for "The Albany Herald," admits that while she wasn't born in the South, she got there as quickly as she could and has lived there for the past 23 years. She now works in public relations for one of the nation's finest not-for-profit hospitals and as a freelance writer for a number of publications.

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