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Travel: A Guide to 2000 Guides
Compiled by Robert Dahlin -- 1/31/00

Abbeville packages Carnival in Rio (Feb., $45) by Helmut Teissl with a full-length CD of live recordings to combine the sights and sounds of the world's largest party.

On a five-year jaunt around the world by rail, Graeme Outerbridge photographed everything that caught his eye, and the results are collected in Trains: A Photographer's Journey (Apr., $35). Two new tributes to individual states add to the publisher's series: Maine by Edgar Allen Beem and New Hampshire (May, $12.95 each) by Patricia Harris and David Lyon. Text by Walter F. Morris Jr. and photos by Jeffrey Jay Foxx document the Maya's world today in Living Maya(May, $24.95 paper).

The Everything Guide to Washington, D.C.: Monuments, Museums, Family Attractions, Hotels, Restaurants, and More by Lori Perkins and ...New York City: Hotels, Restaurants, Shopping, Major Attractions and the Best Kept Hot Spots in the Big Apple (Apr., $12.95 each paper) by Rich Mintzer identify spots that don't cost a fortune.

In between cultural excursions, travelers can keep in shape with London Fitness Guide 2000: The Only Guide You Need to Sports and Fitness Facilities in London (Feb., $24.95 paper) by Lydia Campbell, published by Mitchell Beazley. Arsenale Editrice is the publisher of three February titles: Another Venice by Jacopo Fasolo, Palaces of Florence by Patrizia Fabbri and Churches of Florence ($9.95 each paper) by Timothy Verdon. Bargain hunters prowling Ireland and the U.K. can locate specialist dealers in Miller's Antiques Shops, Fairs & Auctions 2000 (Mar., $24.95), edited and published by Miller's Publications. Wine bars, trattorias and elite restaurants are rated in Gambero Rosso Rome 2000 (Apr., $15 paper), edited by Clara Barton et al., published by Gambero Rosso. Another European destination is profiled in Ireland: Stone Walls & Fabled Landscapes (Feb., $35) by Richard Coniff, published by Frances Lincoln.

ore than a century of travel, exploration, adventure and tragedy in New Hampshire's White Mountains is chronicled by Nicholas Howe in Not Without Peril (Apr.; $22.95, paper $16.95). Adrienne Hall recounts good and bad times while hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in A Journey North (Apr.; $22.95, paper $16.95).

The second entry in a series of contemporary art and architecture handbooks by Sidra Stich is art¢SITES Britain & Ireland (Mar., $19.95 paper), which offers information and commentary on museums, sculpture parks, festivals and more.

More than 200 sites representing the history and archaeology of Scotland from 5000 B.C. to A.D. 1700 are collected in Gerald M. Ruzicki and Dorothy A. Ruzicki's In Search of Ancient Scotland: A Guide for the Independent Traveler (Mar., $17.95 paper).

This new company combining Moon and Foghorn Outdoors is now home to many imprints (see sidebar); all titles are paperback.

Among new Moon Travel Handbooks are Road Trip USA Getaways: San Francisco: California Driving Adventures Beyond the Bay Area (Mar., $9.95) and Road Trip USA: California and the Southwest (June, $19.95), both by Jamie Jensen. Other forthcoming domestic guides include Yellowstone -- Grand Teton (Apr., $14.95) by Don Pitcher, Connecticut (May, $16.95) by Andrew Collins, Coastal California (Aug., $17.95 paper) and San Francisco (Aug., $13.95), both by Kim Weir. New international guidebooks include Havana (Apr., $16.95) by Christopher P. Baker, Vancouver: Including Victoria (Apr., $14.95) by Andrew Hempstead and Mexico City (June, $14.95) by J Cummings.

Foghorn Outdoors announces the new guides California Wildlife: The Complete Guide (Apr., $16.95) by Tom Stienstra and 101 Great Hikes of the San Francisco Bay Area (Apr., $12.95) by Ann Marie Brown and two camping titles, Arizona and New Mexico Camping (Feb., $18.95) by Nancy Coulter-Parker and Montana, Wyoming and Idaho Camping: Featuring Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks and the Frank Church -- River of No Return Wilderness (Aug., $18.95) by Judy Kinnaman.

New entries under the City¢Smart Guidebook imprint are Boston (Apr., $15.95) by Lisa Matte, Vancouver (Apr., $15.95) by Ray Chatelin, Baltimore (May, $12.95) by J Sugarman and Toronto (May, $12.95) by Marcia Douglas. New to the Travel¢Smart line is Iowa/Nebraska (Apr., $15.95) by Kyle Munson.

Avalon's Adventures in Nature series introduces British Columbia (Apr., $18.95) by Holly Quan and Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (June, $18.95) by Peter Davis Krahenbuhl. Second editions in its Kidding Around series include Kidding Around Boston (Apr.) by Helen Byers, ... Chicago (Apr.) by Carolyn Crimi and ...Washington, D.C. (Apr., $8.95 each) by Debbie Levy. Stand-alone titles scheduled from Avalon are Cities to Go: The Top 25 High-Energy, Make-Every-Minute-Count City Getaways (June, $17.95) by Rich and Kay Haddaway and Great American Motorcycle Tours (May, $17.95) by Gary McKechnie.

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Relief maps and in-depth trail descriptions point the way to rugged off-road mobility in nine new paperback titles, including Mountain Bike America: Oregon (Mar., $15.95) by Lizann Dunegan, ...Vermont (Mar., $14.95) by Jen Mynter, ...Moab (Apr., $17.95) by Lee Bridgers and ...Greater Philadelphia (Apr., $17.95) by Bob Di'Antonio. Snowy recreation in both the U.S. and Canada is the focus of Mid-Atlantic Winter Sports & Ski America (Mar., $19.95) by John Phillips.

Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow and the Norman Rockwell Museum are among the places described in Muses in Arcadia: Cultural Life in the Berkshires (May, $19.95 paper) by Tim Cahill et al. In the Great Destinations series, May brings a fourth edition of The Adirondack Book by Elizabeth Folwell ($18.95 paper).

A new Berlitz Pocket Guide for this season is Cape Town (Aug., $8.95 paper), which includes excursions to Robben Island -- where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned -- wineries, game reserves and more. Books to 18 destinations have been rewritten and now feature new maps and new photography; among them are Corfu (Apr.), Cyprus (Apr.), Walt Disney World and Orlando (May), Dublin (July), Toronto (July) and California (Aug., $8.95 each paper).

First printings of 50,000 copies each have been announced for Best Restaurants in London and England (Mar.) and ...Paris (Apr., $9.95 each paper) by Richard Brault.

Fifty-nine itineraries are outlined in Great Bike Rides In and Around Winston-Salem (Mar.) by Judi Lawson Wallace and Ken Putnam Jr., while 50 footpaths are detailed by C. Franklin Goldsmith III et al. in The Best Hikes of Pisgah National Forest (June, $12.95 each paper). Debbie Nunley and Karen Jane Elliott visited more than 100 notable restaurants to research A Taste of Pennsylvania History: A Guide to Historic Eateries and Their Recipes (June, $16.95 paper).
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Palestine with Jerusalem (Apr., $18.95 paper) by Henry Stedman is said to be the first travel guide to recognize Palestine as an individual country with its own unique history, culture and government. China: Yunnan Province (Aug., $18.95 paper) by Stephen Mansfield ranges from the northwest Tibetan highlands to the semi-tropical jungle bordering Laos and Vietnam. Benedict le Vay uncovers oddities in Eccentric Britain: The Guide to Britain's Follies and Foibles (Aug., $18.95 paper).
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Urban trios are depicted in two March titles: Italy Three Cities: Venice, Padua, Verona and ...Rome, Naples, Sorrento ($14.95 each paper), both by Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls. The same authors also offer Sardinia and Corsica (July, $17.95 each paper). Quirky little museums are among the spots noted in Holland (May, $19.95 paper) by Rodney Bolt, while history, myth and culture fuse in Greece: The Peloponnese (June, $21.95 paper) by Dana Facaros and Linda Theodouru. Among other new guides are London/Brussels (Mar., $14.95 paper) by Andrew Gumbel and Antony Mason and Beijing/Peking (July, $21.95 paper) by Peter Neville-Hadley.

Happy Endings

In TV's bygone days, Groucho Marx offered consolation prizes to contestants who bombed on his quiz show by asking, "Who is buried in Grant's tomb?" Some bewildered guests required assistance. If anyone's still puzzled, C-SPAN publishes Who's Buried in Grant's Tomb?: A Tour of Presidential Grave Sites by Brian Lamb et al. in May. PW's Southern correspondent, Robert Summer, has an interest in grave matters, too; in June, Hill Street Press publishes his Rest in Peace: Historic Cemeteries in the South. Summer's favorite spot? "The cemetery surrounding Christ Church on St. Simons Island, Georgia," he answers. "It's the burial spot for the people Eugenia Price wrote about, and the last grave ever to be made there is that of Eugenia Price
herself." Fran Vicks, director of the University of North Texas Press, reports that Final Destinations: A Travel Guide for Remarkable Cemeteries in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas (Apr.) by Bryan Woolley et al. includes Billy the Kid's grave in New Mexico. "They couldn't get him in jail when he was alive," she says, "but his grave is enclosed in bars because people were stealing his headstone."

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More than 200 color photos are featured in Spectrum Guide to Ethiopia and ...Nepal (Mar., $22.95 each paper), edited by Camerapix. Mohamed Amin and Duncan Willetts provide the photos for Journey Through Seychelles (Apr., $45), text by Adrian Skerrett, and ...Kenya (May, $45), text by Brian Tetley.

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A year-long voyage through the Scottish islands is presented one island per week in An Island Odyssey (Mar., $25) by Hamish Haswell-Smith. Bartle Bull circles Russia's Lake Baikal, the world's deepest freshwater lake, on horseback in Around the Sacred Sea (Mar., $30).

The title says it all in Oddball Illinois: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places (Mar., $12.95 paper) by Jerome Pohlen.

Personal assessments of specific rooms, facilities, meals and services in Barcelona, Seville and Madrid fill the pages of Sandra Gustafson's Cheap Eats in Spain: A Traveler's Guide to the Best-Kept Secrets and ...Cheap Sleeps in Spain... (Apr., $14.95 each paper) by Sandra Gustafson. April also brings revised fourth editions of Gustafson's ...Cheap Eats in London... and ...Cheap Sleeps in London... ($14.95 each paper).

Heidi Arthur and Jane Pollock, two New York moms, hit the road to determine New York's 50 Best: Fun-Filled Family Road Trips Beyond the City Limits (May, $14 paper). Bibliophiles visiting Gotham will appreciate New York's 50 Best: Bookstores for Book Lovers (Feb., $12 paper) by Eve Claxton. Festivals, parades, pools and beaches are spotlighted by Michael Woloz in New York's 50 Best: Summer in the City (with a Special Section on Outdoor Dining) (May, $12 paper). Touring Lower Manhattan (Apr., $14 paper) by Andrew S. Dolkart is a New York Landmarks Conservancy Book. On the opposite coast, City Tripping: Los Angeles (June, $15.95 paper), edited by Tom Dolby and Tina Hay, picks out the hottest diversions.

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Helping motorists through unfamiliar routes, signs and traffic laws, 16 Signpost Guides are scheduled for March, including Bavaria & the Austrian Tyrol by Brent Gregston, ...Ireland by Donna Dailey, ...New Zealand by Gareth Powell, ...Florida by Mick Sinclair and ...California by Maxine Cass and Fred Gebhart ($22.95 each paper). Also in March, a series for backpackers and frugal folk brings Independent Traveler's Guide: Australia 2000 by Gareth Powell, ...Europe... by Tim Locke and ...New Zealand... ($19.95 each paper) by Melanie and Chris Rice. April's Must-See Amsterdam, ...Paris and ...Rome ($14.95 each paper) are among half a dozen guides pointing out top sights.

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A popular Irish destination is the subject of The Lie of the Land: Journeys Through Literary Cork (Jan., $15.95 paper) by Mary Leland. The difficulties of a foreign tongue are at the heart of Across the Lines: Travel, Language and Translation (Apr.; $55, paper $19.95) by Michael Cronin.

The lightly traveled western three-quarters of the state open up in the third edition of Massachusetts: An Explorer's Guide (May, $18.95 paper) by Christina Tree and William Davis.

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The final resting places of U.S. presidents -- as well as the libraries, legacies and future burial spots of surviving executives -- are described and pictured in photos in Who's Buried in Grant's Tomb?: (May; $24.95, paper $14.95) by Brian Lamb et al.

Those venturing outside the Windy City's downtown area can turn to Alternative Chicago: Unique Shopping, Eating and Imbibing Pleasures for the Fiscally Challenged (Apr., $10.95 paper) by Bill Franz.

Historical backgrounds and location data for neighborhood public art works are provided by Urban Art Chicago: A Guide to Community Murals, Mosaics, and Sculptures (May, $14.95 paper) by Olivia Gude and Jeff Huebner.

Anglers may hope to improve their catch with Top Rated Fly Fishing: Salt & Freshwater in North America (Apr.), Top Rated Saltwater Fishing: Bays, Estuaries, Flats & Offshore in North America (May) and Top Rated Freshwater Fishing in North America (Apr.), all edited by Maurice Valerio, who also edited Top Rated Paddling Adventures: Can ing, Kayaking & Rafting in North America (Apr.) and Top Rated Western Adventures: Guest Ranches, Pack Trips and Cattle Drives in North America (Apr., $18.95 each paper).

Beginning in February, the guides formerly known as Eyewitness Travel Guides will be published as Dorling Kindersley Travel Guides; the first titles are Sicily (Feb., $19.95 paper), Berlin (May, $19.95 paper), Canada (May, $24.95 paper), Jerusalem & the Holy Land (May, $24.95) and Milan & the Lakes (May, $19.95). Dorling Kindersley Travel Guides Deluxe Gift Editions are boxed sets combining a leather-bound travel guide, a separate fold-out city map and information cards serving as theater maps, menu decoders, wine charts and more; the latest entry is Sydney (Apr., $40). A large fold-out map and a booklet of useful information about a city, region or country are the two components of the Dorling Kindersley Travel Planners series, which is expanded with Florida (Feb.), France (Feb.), Australia (Apr.), California (Apr.) and Canada (Apr., $9.95 each paper). The Dorling Kindersley City Maps series grows with laminated maps to Amsterdam, Dublin, Florence, Los Angeles, Madrid and Venice (May, $7.95 each).

In The Water in Between (June, $23.95), Kevin Patterson recounts the many challenges he met while sailing to Tahiti.

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Former writer for the Frommer guides, Dan Levine launched the Avant-Guide series in 1998 to address the market of 25- to 49-year-olds wishing to zero in on the street-smart centers of their destinations. Neighborhoods, restaurants, clubs, shopping opportunities and more are further explored in the newest entries: Avant-Guide Paris, ...New Orleans and ...Las Vegas (Apr., $19.95 each paper).

A photographic trip through towering peaks is presented in Rocky Mountains: Wilderness Reflections (June, $24.95 paper) by Tim Fitzharris.

Contrasts to and parallels with American social and political issues were brought to light during a 1995 -- 1996 trip taken by the author and related in Second Chances: A Travel Narrative of South Africa (Mar., $12.95 paper) by Martha B. Hopkins.

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A practical look at the Eternal City's hidden charms is found in Living in Rome (Apr., $50) by Bruno Racine. Philippe Meyer, a noted French radio commentator, presents the key to his city with A Parisian's Paris (Feb., $24.95).

Among the news here is the announcement of three new series. Fodor's Road Guide USA series launches with 15 May titles covering driving vacations in the 48 contiguous states, including Fodor's Road Guide USA: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee; ...California; ...Florida; and ...Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota ($16 each paper). Fodor's Around the City with Kids series begins in February with five titles: Fodor's Around Chicago with Kids, ...Los Angeles..., ...New York..., ...San Francisco... and ...Washington, D.C.... ($10 each paper). Fodor's to Go series is made up of credit-card-size magnetic microbooks and includes 48 Hours in London, ...New York City, ...Paris, How to Pack, French for Travelers and Spanish for Travelers ($4.95 each).

Other first-edition international guidebooks being introduced by Fodor's include Brazil (Jan., $19 paper), Argentina (Feb., $18 paper), Morocco (Mar., $19 paper), Naples and the Amalfi Coast (Mar., $15.50 paper), Venice and the Veneto (Mar., $15.50 paper), Pocket Buenos Aires (Apr., $9.50 paper), Pocket Rio de Janeiro (Mar., $9 paper), Cuba (May, $18 paper) and Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan (June, $20 paper). Escape to Provence and ...Morocco (May, $18 each paper) collect travel experiences in unforgettable places. Three new Citypacks are Barcelona, Madrid and Brussels & Bruges (June, $12 each paper). Closer to home, there's Baseball Vacations: Midwest (May, $10 paper) and Compass: Pennsylvania (Apr., $19.95 paper). Plus look for Cityguide Atlanta and ...Los Angeles (June, $19 each paper).

Daniel Jeffreys casts a bemused eye on the unusual hiding within the mundane in America's Back Porch (May, $24).

After leafing through The Texas Guide (Apr., $21.95 paper) by Gary James, those longing for a terrific spinach enchilada will rush to Sarah's Restaurant in Fort Stockton. Colorado's Best: The Essential Guide to Favorite Places (Apr., $16.95 paper) by Bruce Caughey and Doug Whitehead is organized by region and activity. Gringos who want to stay on the Rio Grande's far side can turn to Live Better South of the Border in Mexico (Mar., $16.95 paper), a second edition by "Mexico" Mike Nelson.

Not up to facing strange food while traveling? Try the Eat Smart series, of which the fifth title is Eat Smart in Poland: How to Decipher the Menu, Know the Market Foods & Embark on a Tasting Adventure (Mar., $12.95 paper) by Joan and David Peterson.

Scenic and historical landscapes inspire Great American Rail Journeys: The Companion to the Popular Public Television Programs (June; $34.95, paper $24.95) by John Grant. Organized by topic rather than region are Indigo Guide: Costa Rica, ...Bahamas and ...Florida Keys (June, $19.95 each paper). Nearly 240 places to stay are candidly critiqued in Hostels Austria & Switzerland: The Only Comprehensive, Unofficial, Opinionated Guide (May, $14.95 paper) by Paul Karr. Suggesting 25 weekend getaways, Quick Escapes Boston (Apr., $15.95) by Sandy MacDonald and ...Cleveland (July, $14.95 paper) by Marcia Schonberg are for people without a lot of time, folks who may also want to consider Day Trips from Milwaukee by Martin and Dan Hintz and ...Sacramento (July, $14.95 each paper) by Stephen Metzger. Those with an amorous bent can find evocative spots in Romantic Days and Nights in Houston (Aug., $15.95 paper) by Margaret Luellen Briggs. Published in cooperation with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy are Rails-to-Trails Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire (May) by Cynthia Mascott, ...Florida (July) by Timothy O'Keefe, ...Washington & Oregon (July) by Mia Barbera and ...California (Aug., $14.95 each paper) by Tracy Salcedo-Chourre.

Dozens of maps and 100 photos contribute to Lake Michigan: A Guide to Small Towns, Rural Areas and Natural Attractions (May, $TBA) by Donna Marchetti.

New to the Culture Shock! series are Success Secrets to Maximize Business in Japan (Jan.) by Ken Coates and Carin Holroyd, ...Britain (Jan.) by Peter North and ...Hong Kong (Apr., $12.95 each paper) by Harvey and Margaret Trip. Also due are Culture Shock! Argentina (Apr.) by Fiona Adams and Havana at Your Door (Apr., $12.95 each paper) by Mark Cramer. From the WestWinds Press imprint comes Hidden Coast: Coastal Adventures from Alaska to Mexico (June, $14.95 paper) by J l Rogers. From the Epicenter Press imprint's Umbrella Guides, California Lighthouses (Feb., $12.95 paper) by Sharlene and Ted Nelson visits each structure along the California coast. Mountaineering triumphs and tragedies are recalled in To the Top of Denali: Climbing Adventures on North America's Highest Peak (May, $14.95 paper) by Bill Sherwonit, published by the Alaska Northwest Books imprint. In May, that imprint also adds to its Alaska Pocket Guide Series with Alaska's Natural Wonders: A Guide to the Phenomena of the Far North by Robert Armstrong and Marge Hermans and Alaska's Prince William Sound: A Traveler's Guide ($12.95 each paper) by Marybeth Holleman.

Three national parks and four national monuments are just a few of the sights identified in Standing Rocks and Sleeping Rainbows: Mile by Mile Through Southeast Utah (June, $18.95 paper) by Kathleen E. Rivers.

This guidebook series organized by neighborhood offers updated editions of ACCESS Washington, D.C. (May), ...London (May), ...Gay U.S.A. (July), ...New York City (Aug.) and ...Philadelphia (Aug., $20 each paper).

Rest in Peace: Historic Cemeteries in the South
(June, $12.50 paper) by PW's Southern correspondent, Robert Summer, surveys six states from Virginia to Florida. Activities on a different plane are advocated in Romantic South Carolina: More Than 300 Things to Do for Southern Lovers (July, $10.95 paper) by Robert Ellis. Additional notable sites are cited in Southern Bound: Literary Landmarks in the South (Feb.) by Lola Montgomery and Hot Wax & Dusty Tracks: Music Landmarks in the South (Mar., $12.50 each paper) by Deb Sommer.

Edward Marriott voyages to a primeval world on the edge of destruction in Savage Shore: Life and Death with Nicaragua's Last Shark Hunters (Mar., $24), a Metropolitan title. Towering peaks around the globe can be scaled with the aid of World-Class Climbs: Twenty Great Mountaineering Adventures -- A Traveler's Guide (Apr., $15 paper) by Barton Biggs, an Owl original.

Fresh Air Fiend
(May, $26) by Paul Theroux is a new collection of travel essays by the author of The Great Railway Bazaar. According to the publisher, Literary Trail of Greater Boston: A Tour of Sites in Boston, Cambridge and Concord (Apr. $10 paper) is "the only full-length guide to the country's richest literary landscape." Due in June are updated editions of three titles in the paperback Best Places to Stay series -- Best Places to Stay in New England, ¦Pacific Northwest and ¦California ($19 each).
Eat Your Hearth Out
Like armies, tourists travel on their stomachs -- or on their antacids.
To help wayfarers appreciate distinctive chow and dietary customs while visiting foreign lands, in March Lonely Planet launches a series of cuisine-oriented pocket-size guides, beginning with World Food Italy, ...Mexico, ...Morocco, ...Spain, ...Thailand and ...Vietnam. Further on the horizon are such culinary destinations as Turkey, Hong Kong and East Africa. In May comes World Food Ireland, written by the series editor, Martin Hughes, who is based at Lonely Planet's Australian offices in Melbourne. "Except for the most adventurous," he notes, "people often travel despite the food. These guides will empower travelers and fire their imagination for the local cuisine. Each book features everything from understanding the menu and how to behave when dining in someone's home to drinking etiquette, useful phrases and a culinary dictionary." All the illustrated World Food guides adhere to the same basic format, but some have additional chapters. "There's an interview with Laura Esquivel in Mexico," reports Hughes, "and, of course, a special 'Where to Drink' chapter in Ireland."

Arranged chronologically, One-Day Trips Through History (Mar., $14.95 paper) by Jane Ockershausen leads the curious to such sites as a working colonial kitchen and a WWII submarine. Diners in the D.C. area hungry enough to overlook greasy place mats and peeling paint will find good food at good prices in The Quest for the Holy Grill(Apr., $9.95 paper) by Donovan Kelly.

Jon and Joyce Huber reveal where to scuba and snorkel with Best Dives of Bahamas, Florida & Bermuda(Mar., $16.95 paper). The Adventure Guide to the Chesapeake Bay -- Including Maryland & Washington, D.C. (Apr., $17.95 paper) by Barbara Radcliffe Rogers and Stillman Rogers is new to this series. What to see and where to shop in upstate New York are specified by Francine Silverman in The Catskills Alive!(Mar., $15.95 paper). The latest in a pocket-size, all-color series is Charming Small Hotels Ireland(Mar., $14.95 paper) by Andrew Duncan. Two other series bring Landmark Visitors Guide to the Cote d'Azur(Mar., $12.95 paper) and ...Cracow (Mar., $14.95 paper) and the Nelles Guide to Kenyaand ...Nepal (Apr., $15.95 each paper).

Italy's irresistible allure continues to beckon with A Garden in Lucca: Finding Paradise in Tuscany (Mar., $23.95) by Paul Gervais. A walk on the wilder side is possible thanks to Crime Scene U.S.A.: A Traveler's Guide to the Locations of Famous and Infamous Murders, Robberies, Kidnappings, and Other Criminal Acts (Apr., $12.95 paper) by Neal Yonover, which draws information from the Bureau of Amateur Detectives and Gatherers of Evidence (BADGE), a national organization dedicated to the preservation of crime scenes.

Among the new destination guides are Frommer's British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies (May, $17.99 paper) and ...Turkey (Aug., $21.99 paper). A new series collecting useful facts on inns and small hotels launches with Frommer's Britain's Best Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns (June, $19.99 paper), which covers England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Frommer's Great Outdoor Guide to Southern New England (May, $17.99 paper) is new, while ...Northern California (May, $15.99 paper) is in its second edition. Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Las Vegas (May) and ...Rome & Florence (June) are new editions in this series (May, $12.99 each paper). Stripping away the myths, Frommer's What the Airlines Never Tell You (May, $9.99 paper) focuses on, among other issues, the growing menace of unruly passengers, safety and on-time records of each carrier. Chris and Tilde Stuart, founders of the African-Arabian Wildlife Research Centre, enliven the Unofficial Travel Guide series with their first edition of The Unofficial Guide to Safaris (Aug., $21.99 paper).


Shopping, dining, accommodation and sightseeing tips are assembled in The Treasures and Pleasures of Singapore and Bali: Best of the Best, ...Hong Kong..., ...Thailand... and ¦Australia... (Apr., $16.95 each paper), all by Ron and Caryl Krannich.

"Yet There Isn't a Train I Wouldn't Take": Railway Journeys (Mar., $39.95) by William D. Middleton is a collection of true stories about favorite trips taken by an inveterate train traveler.

The Traveller's Guides to the Battles & Battlefields of WWII, just one of several new series, offers A Traveller's Guide to D-Day and the Battle for Normandy (Feb.) by Carl Shilletto and Mike Tolhurst and ...to the Battle for the German Frontier (Mar., $14.95 each paper) by Charles Whiting. An alternative to warfare is a rather more bookish series, Cities of the Imagination: A Cultural and Literary Companion, which leads off with Buenos Aires: A Cultural and Literary Companion (Mar.) by Jason Wilson, Oxford... (Mar.) by David Horan, Mexico City... (Apr.) by Nick Caistor, Rome... (May) by Jonathan Boardman and Edinburgh... (May, $15 each paper) by Simon Pia. Walking in the Alps (Mar., $22.95 paper) by Kev Reynolds and Walking in Tuscany (Apr., $15.95 paper) by Gillian Price send hikers on their way. Visitors with an eye to longer stays will find suggestions in Vacation Rentals in Europe: A Guide (Mar., $15.95 paper) by Michael and Laura Murphy, and those interested in independent journeys can turn to Alternative Travel Directory: The Complete Guide to Travel, Study, & Living Overseas (Mar., $19.95 paper) by the editors of Transitions Abroad magazine.

Orlando's newest multi-theme park resort is detailed in Universal Studios Escape: The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Theme Park Adventure (Mar., $14.95 paper) by Kelly Monaghan, who has also revised an eighth edition of Air Courier Bargains: How to Travel World-Wide for Next to Nothing (Apr., $15.95 paper).

Bargain hunters are the audience for Las Vegas on the Dime: An Insider's Guide to Great Deals (July, $12.95 paper) by Michael Toole. The best attractions for families are listed in Discover the Southwest with Kids (July, $16.95 paper) by Mary Vasuveda and Gwynne Spencer. Second editions are due of The Best of Orange County California (Apr., $14.95 paper) by Gregory Lee and The Brewpub Explorer of the Pacific Northwest (Feb., $14.95 paper) by Hudson Dodd and Matthew Latterell.

From Louisiana to Florida and up to the District of Columbia, Marina Harrison and Lucy D. Rosenfeld cover Southern Gardenwalks: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Gardens of the South (Mar., $17.95 paper). Alice Joyce performs a similar service with West Coast Gardenwalks: The Best Gardens from San Diego to Vancouver (Apr., $18.95 paper).

Knopf City Guides series offers two new titles in April: Barcelona recommends Gaudi's architecture and a museum devoted entirely to paintings by Miro, among other sights; Brussels ($14.95 each) includes a special Business Fact Guide detailing services for business travelers as an added feature.More than 1,000 maps, drawings and photos brighten the pages of Budapest (Apr., $25) in the Knopf Guide series.

Catering to special interests, the Discovery Travel Adventures series contains essays, historical background, travel tips and specially commissioned maps. Forthcoming titles are Scuba Diving (Feb.), Bird Watching (Apr.), Caves, Cliffs & Canyons (Apr.), Paddle Sports (Apr.) and Backcountry Treks (May, $19.95 each paper). Among the 14 new Insight Guides titles are Laos & Cambodia (Feb.), Syria & Lebanon (Feb.), Poland (Mar.), Netherlands (Apr.), Denmark (May), Tunisia (May) and Sicily (June, $23.95 each paper). Cambodia (Feb., $7.95 paper) is the latest Insight Compact Guide; the next nine guides include Sri Lanka (Jan.), Athens (Mar.), Ireland (May), Sydney (May) and Tokyo (May, $12.95 each paper).

Insight joins forces with American Map Corp. to produce laminated folding FlexiMaps to such places as Bermuda, Hawaii and Rio de Janeiro (Mar., $7.95 each). Providing more than 1,500 words with translations and pronunciations, the new Jiffy Menu Readers include France, Germany, Greece and Spain (Jan., $7.95 each). A reference guide to flags, population and capital cities is included in New Headline World Atlas (Jan., $5.95 paper) from Hammond World Atlas, which similarly releases Hammond Concise World Atlas (Apr.; $45, paper $29.95).

Country inns, colonial guesthouses and luxurious island resorts can be contacted in time for the upcoming Olympic Games with Bed and Breakfast Australian Style (Feb., $14.95 paper) by Jane Schonberger and George Morency.

The Lobster Kids' Guide to Exploring Toronto
by Natalie Ann Comeau, ...Calgary by Kate Zimmerman and ...Vancouver (May, $15.95 each paper) by Jeni Wright give the lowdown on popular and lesser-known kid-friendly attractions.

World Food is a new series reviewing everything from the evolution of cuisine to kitchen philosophy; among the first titles are World Food Italy by Matthew Evans and Gabriella Cossi, ...Mexico by Bruce Geddes and Paloma Garcia, ...Spain by Richard Sterling and Allison Jones and ...Thailand (Mar., $12.95 each paper) by J Cummings. Watching Wildlife Australia (June, $19.95 paper) by Jane Bennett et al. is the first release in a new series aimed at nature-loving travelers. Also new is a series for cyclists, which begins with Cycling New Zealand (May, $21.95 paper) by Nicola Wells et al., ...Britain (Aug., $19.95 paper) by Ian Connellan et al. and ...France (Aug., $19.95 paper) by Katherine Wilding et al. Steve Rosenberg advocates underwater adventures with Diving & Snorkeling Monterey Peninsula & Northern California (July, $15.95 paper). William Dalrymple chronicles 10 years of traveling through Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India in The Age of Kali: Indian Travels and Encounters (Apr., $14.95 paper).

This imprint of Gulf Publishing offers new editions of Backroads of Texas (Feb., $18.95 paper) by Ed Syers and Larry Hodge and Beachcomber's Guide to Gulf Coast Marine Life: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida (June, $16.95 paper) by Susan B. Rothschild and Nick Fotheringham.

Longstreet Highroad Guide to the Oregon Cascades
by Terry Sheely is in its 11th edition, while ...Chesapeake Bay (May, $18.95 each paper) by Deane and Garvey Winegar reaches its fourth.

Tales of those who have completed the entire 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail comprise On the Beaten Path (Apr., $24.95) by Robert Alden Rubin, who survived the hike and lost 70 pounds doing so.

The National Geographic imprint brings 16 international Destination Maps, including Barcelona, Orlando, Prague and San Francisco in January and Florence and Venice ($8.99 each) in March.

Vacationers headed for Africa can find an abundance of information in Travel South Africa (Mar., $29.95 paper), by Tim O'Hagen, Africa's Great Wild Places (Mar., $49.95) by Chris and Tilde Stuart and Africa's Last Edens (Mar., $48.95) by Francois Odendaal. Additional activities are noted in African Adventurer's Guide to Mozambique and ...Namibia, both by Willie and Sandra Oliver, and ...Zambia (Mar., $19.95 each paper) by Nicholas Plewman and Brendan Dooley. The seventh book in the camping series is The Best in Tent Camping: West Virginia: A Guide for Campers Who Hate RVs, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portable Stereos (Apr., $18.95) by Johnny Molloy, who also wrote Day and Overnight Hikes in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest (May, $12.95 paper).

Maps, itineraries, star-rated sights, hotels and restaurants are some of the features in the Green Guides, new editions of which are Pacific Northwest (May), Prague (May), Hungary/Budapest (May), USA East (July) and USA West (July, $20 each paper). June titles in the new NEOS Guides series, which offers information about exotic travel, include Cuba ($22 paper), Syria/Jordan ($24 paper), Tunisia ($22 paper) and Turkey ($26 paper). Red Guides to restaurants and hotels continue with Deutschland (Jan., $26), Italia (Jan., $26), London (Feb., $12 paper) and Benelux (Feb., $25). Dublin, Brussels and Munich and the Royal Castles of Bavaria are new concise In Your Pocket Guides (Mar., $9.95 each), and Berlin (Feb.) and London (Apr., $12.95 each) are new to Michelin's series of maps.

Mile-by-mile history, scenery, attractions and facilities are indicated along the popular highway stretching from Detroit to Florida in Along Interstate-75, 2000 Edition by Dave Hunter (Jan., $19.95 paper).

More than four dozen outdoor and nature-related activities and destinations are detailed in Natural Adventures in the Mountains of North Georgia (Apr., $12.95 paper) by Mary Ellen Hammond and Jim Parham.

Up-to-date data and maps covering major highways and secondary roads refresh The Milepost: 2000 Edition (Mar., $24.95), edited by Kris Graef, now in its 52nd year.

Visitors wishing to fit in will find out how in As the Romans Do: The Delights, Dramas, and Daily Diversions of Life in the Eternal City (Apr., $20) by Alan Epstein. Robert Twigger samples everyday Tokyo life in Angry White Pyjamas: A Scrawny Oxford P t Takes Lessons from the Tokyo Riot Police (Apr., $15 paper), a Quill original.
Weird Ways
To research the 260 events compiled in America Bizarro: A Guide to Freaky Festivals, Groovy Gatherings, Kooky Contests, and Other Strange Happenings Across the USA (St. Martin's/Griffin, July), author Nelson Taylor reports, "I wrote a letter to every Chamber of Commerce in the United States." After evaluating such mind-bending activities as the World Cow-Chip Throwing Contest in Oklahoma and the STA-BIL National Lawnmower Races in Illinois, Taylor concludes, "The top four bizarre states -- in order of bizarreness --
are Texas, California, Arkansas and Illinois." Jerome Pohlen is pleased as punch with Illinois's stellar ranking. He is the author of Oddball Illinois: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places (Chicago Review Press, Mar.). Pohlen explains, "This isn't for armchair travel. I supply exact directions. You can take your picture lying down at the Valentine's Day Massacre site. There are no more than 20 miles between any of the sites." To demonstrate that the U.S. has no monopoly on travel oddities, Globe Pequot, which distributes titles from Bradt, describes that publisher's Eccentric Britain: The Guide to Britain's Follies and Foibles (Aug.) by Benedict le Vay as "a practical guide to finding your way through a maze of madness."

A wide range of trails located near major urban areas are charted in 50 Trail Runs in Southern California (Apr., $16.95 paper) by Stan Swartz et al. Selected Climbs in the Cascades, Volume 2 (May, $22.95 paper) by Jim Nelson and Peter Potterfield features 100 routes. Explanations of geologic formations add heft to Hiking Washington's Geology by Scott Babcock and Robert Carson and ...Colorado's... (Apr., $16.95 each paper) by Ralph Lee Hopkins. Some 62 riding days are suggested by Michael McCoy in Cycling the Great Divide: From Canada to Mexico on America"s Premier Long-Distance Mountain Bike Route (June, $14.95 paper). Conservation activist Andy Kerr reviews exploration, natural history and political future in Oregon Desert Guide: 70 Hikes (June, $14.95 paper).

Trail guidance and tips for finding good picnic spots are included in National Geographic Guide to 100 Easy Hikes: Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware, Northern Virginia (Mar., $15 paper) by Barbara A. N . National Geographic Guides to America's Outdoors: Pacific Northwest (May) by Robert S. Devine and ...Northern Rockies (May, $24 each paper) by Jeremy Schmidt and Thomas Schmidt provide the keys to natural sites and wilderness adventures. In March, The National Geographic Traveler: California ($27.95 paper) by Greg Critser, ...San Francisco ($22.95 paper) by Jerry Camarillo Dunn Jr., ...Italy ($27.95 paper) by Tim Jepson and ...Rome ($22.95 paper) by Sari Gilbert and Michael Brouse offer site descriptions, mapped walking and driving tours and historical vignettes. Wildlife encounters, cultural exploration and learning escapes in the U.S. and Canada are pinpointed in National Geographic Guide to Family Adventure Vacations (Apr., $25 paper) by Candyce H. Stapen. Paul McMenamin takes matters a few steps further with National Geographic Ultimate Adventure Sourcebook (May, $30 paper), which covers everything from kayaking to mountain climbing.

Francophiles (et autres personnes) will be delighted to know that the paperback AA Guides are adding Illustrated Guide to France and Secret France: Charming Villages and Country Tours (Mar., $27.95 each) and Journey Through France (Apr., $27.95) and Village France (Apr., $25.95). Detailed information on federal buildings and monuments, and castles and monasteries, respectively, can be found (along with a wealth of other information) in the new Blue Guide Washington D.C. (Mar. $25.95 paper), edited by Candyce Stapen, and Blue Guide Romania (June, $23.95 paper), edited by Caroline Juler.

From Passport Books: New to the paperback Footprint Handbook series are Ireland (Apr.) by Sean Sheehan and Patrick Levy, Scotland (Aug.) by Alan Murphy and Mexico (Aug., $19.95 each) by Sarah Cameron. Three new entries and many revised editions in the redesigned AAA New Essentials series -- all 4" x 71/2" paperbacks at $8.95 -- bring the total number of titles to 67. Brand-new are Essential Analucia (Apr.) by Des Hannigan, ¦Edinburgh (Apr.) by Sally Ray and ¦Malta & Gozo (May) by Pat Levy. Among the revised editions are ¦New York by Mick Sinclair, ¦Paris by Elisabeth Morris, ¦Amsterdam by George McDonald and ¦Costa del Sol by Mona King. Diving and snorkeling meccas are covered in The Dive Sites of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao (Mar., $24.95 paper) by Jack Jackson. Exercise of a different sort merges with sightseeing in Walking Edinburgh by Robin Gauldie and Walking England's Cathedral Cities (Mar., $14.95 each paper) by Rowland Mead. More perambulation is suggested in Top 15 Walks in Dublin (Jan. $14.95 paper) by Gerry Boland. A pick-me-up after all those miles is advocated by Historic Pubs of London (June, $24.95) by Ten Bruning. And still more on the U.K. arrives in May: The Britain Guide ($18.95 paper) by the Automobile Association carries the comprehensive subtitle Stately Homes, Castles, Gardens, Galleries, Museums, and Other Attractions in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Information on pop culture, customs and tourist sites can be found in the When in¦ Do as the Locals Do paperback series; coming in June are When in France, Do as the French Do (June) by Ross Steele and When in Germany... ($10.95 each) by Hyde Flippo.

From Country Roads Press: New to the 52 Weekends Series is 52 Carolina Weekends (Apr., $14.95 paper) by Grace McEntee.

From Contemporary Books: info on the myriad tourist attractions in Central Florida is thoroughly updated in the Econoguide revised edition of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, Sea World, and Other Major Central Florida Attractions by Corey Sandler ($15.95 paper).

The travels and lives of adventurous women are recalled in Parrot Pie for Breakfast: An Anthology of Women Pioneers (May, $16.95 paper) by Jane Robinson.

Michael Balfour tours two distant cities in Bangkok (with more than 100 color photos by Klaus H. Carl) and Sydney (Apr., $20 each). Color photos also fill Venice (July, $20) by Veronique Lafleche.

Complete with built-in organizer pockets to hold papers, receipts and souvenirs, Passporter Walt Disney World 2000 (Mar., $19.95) by Jennifer Watson and Dave Marx has detailed layouts, fold-out maps and descriptions of every attraction in the entertainment complex.

InnGetaways Southeast: A Photographic Guide to Bed & Breakfasts and Inns
in AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, & VA; ...North Carolina: A Photographic Guide to Bed & Breakfasts and Inns; and ...Virginia... (Mar., $16.95 each paper) reflect author Don Vandeventer's personal visits to these accommodations. More than 1,000 establishments are portrayed in Pelican's Complete Guide to American Bed and Breakfasts (May, $19.95 paper), edited by Kimberly C. DiGrado. A Glasgow native blankets her homeland in The Scottish Bed and Breakfast Book (Mar., $15.95 paper) by June Skinner Sawyers. Maverick Guide to Bermuda (Apr., $19.95 paper) by Catherine Harriott has answers even for couples planning to get married there.

Covering the central part of the state, Best Backroads of Florida, Volume I, The Heartland (Jan., $14.95 paper) by Douglas Waitley introduces a series of books that will ultimately traverse all of Florida. A green thumb isn't necessary to enjoy what can be located through Guide to the Gardens of Georgia (Apr., $14.95 paper) by Lilly Pinkas.

Reviewed by park personnel and regional experts to ensure accuracy, The Grand Canyon Handbook (Feb., $14.95 paper) by Susan and Phil Frank advises when to go and what to see.

Joy Sikorski proposes a cornucopia of things to do -- from the adventurous to the vegetative -- when on vacation in How to Draw a Clam and Various Other Time-Outs (June, $16.95).

Phillips Academy, Andover Campus Guide
(July) by Roger G. Reed and Susan J. Montgomery and Duke University Campus Guide (Aug., $24.95 each paper) by John M. Bryan take history lovers on insider tours.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Alice Steinbach, who redefined herself while living in Paris, Oxford and Milan, recounts her self-discoveries in Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman (May, $23.95). Returning many times to the French village of Conques, the late Hannah Green wrote about her dedication to St. Foy in the posthumous Little Saint (July, $25.95).

And you think you've got travel horror stories? Check out the mishaps chronicled in I Really Should Have Stayed Home: The World's Worst Vacations (June, $16.95 paper), edited by Roger Rapoport and Bob Drews. This sequel to 1994's I Should Have Stayed Home: The Worst Trips of Great Writers tells of families shipwrecked in the Caribbean, humiliated at Orlando theme parks and much more. Featuring three-week trip plans with suggested daily itineraries, the Getaway Guides series -- all paperbacks at $16.95 -- launches this month with The Getaway Guide to California; coming are ¦the American Southwest (May), ¦Colorado (July), ¦Washingtonand Southern British Columbia (July), ¦New Orleans and the Gulf Coast (Sept.) and ¦Texas (Nov.).

Nearly 3,000 places and activities in the U.S. and Canada provide both practical and spiritual inspiration in The Christian Traveler's Companion (Mar., $14.99 paper) by Amy S. Eckert and William J. Peterson.

The Millennial City fits in the pocket with The Mini Rough Guide to Jerusalem 2000 (Jan., $9.95 paper) by Daniel Jacobs. Additional first editions of Mini Rough Guides serve up the scoop on Las Vegas (May) by Greg Ward and Rome (June, $9.95 each paper) by Martin Dunford. Full-size first edition Rough Guides (all paper) for this season range as far afield as Laos (Jan., $17.95) by Jeff Cranmer and Steven Martin, South India (Jan., $19.95) by Dave Abram et al., Dominican Republic (Feb., $16.95) by Sean Harvey, Sardinia (Mar., $16.95) by Rob Andrews, Scottish Highlands & Islands (Apr., $14.95) by Rob Humphreys and Donald Reid, Cuba (June, $17.95) by Fiona McAuslan and Matt Norman and Switzerland (Aug., $18.95) by Matthew Teller. Among the 32 revised editions published between now and the end of August is one for those who don't want the party ever to end: the third edition of The Rough Guide to Year 2000 (Mar., $8.95) by Nick Hanna.

Published to coincide with the 2000 Republican convention is the latest addition to the city-specific Courage Books series, Philadelphia: A Photographic Celebration (July, $13.98).

A 40-year-old drive-in where you flash your lights for service and where to find the Corolla wild horses are among the revelations in 100 Secrets of the Carolina Coast (May, $12.95 paper), a Savvy Traveler's Guide by Randall and Maryellen Duckett. A Treasury of Iowa Tales (Mar., $8.95 paper) by Webb Garrison with Janice Beck Stock aims to break down stereotypes of the Hawkeye state.

From trout fishing in New Mexico to finding the way to Taos, Michael Checchio crosses a land rich in history and inspiration in Sundown Legends: A Journey into the American Southwest (Apr., $22.95), a Thomas Dunne Book. Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure (May, $29.95) by Michael Palin, of Monty Python fame, will tie in with a travelogue and biography fueling a four-part PBS series.

From the Griffin paperback imprint: Theodore Roosevelt IV provides the foreword to the Audubon Guides to the National Wildlife Refuges, a series debuting in March with nine titles, including California and Hawaii by Loren MacArthur, Northern Midwest by John Grassy and Tom Powers, Rocky Mountains by John Grassy, Southwest by Daniel Gibson and Alaska & the Northwest by Loren MacArthur and Debbie Miller ($19.95 each). More than 1,000 refuges of a different sort are tracked down in The Beer Lover's Guide to the USA: Brewpubs, Taverns, and Good Beer Bars (Mar., $14.95) by Stan Hieronymus and Daria Labinsky. Tom Snyder, founder and president of the Route 66 Association, celebrates the road's 75th anniversary with Route 66: Traveler's Guide and Roadside Companion (Mar., $12.95). Snyder strikes again with Pacific Coast Highway: Traveler's Guide (July, $12.95).

Pleasures for grown-ups and kids are singled out in Rita Aero's Walt Disney World: The Essential Guide to Amazing Vacations (Apr., $19.95) by Rita Aero. State-by-state, Nelson Taylor lays out weird events, contests and other happenings in America Bizarro: A Guide to Freaky Festivals, Groovy Gatherings, Kooky Contests, and Other Strange Happenings Across the USA (June, $14.95). The dark side of celebrity takes the spotlight with California Babylon: A Guide to Sites of Scandal, Mayhem, and Celluloid in the Golden State (June, $13.95) by Kristan Lawson and Anneli Rufus.

Two new Let's Go Map Guides are Sydney (Apr.) and Hong Kong (June, $8.95 each). The Let's Go Guidebook series marks its 40th anniversary this year, and among the updated books are Australia ($22.99), Eastern Europe ($22.99) and Peru & Ecuador ($19.99).
Getting High
self-described "weekend climber," Jeff Grathwohl, director of the University of Utah Press, says, "Climbers like exactitude, but the numbers aren't static." The inconstant digits in question are the precise measurements of the highest points in each of our nation's 50 states. "Up until quite recently, the calculations were based upon trigonometry, upon triangulation. Now sophisticated Global Positioning System satellite receivers are being hauled up to the peaks" (by the U.S. Geological Service for greater accuracy in computation). "Highpointers," Grathwohl continues, "are people who attempt to climb all 50 highest points." For these adventurers, in June comes Highpoints of the United States: A Guide to the Fifty State Summits by Don W. Holmes. But not all the peaks are vertiginous. With tongue in cheek, the press director relates, "The most interesting highpoints to me are a trailer park in Florida and, on a farm in Iowa, the end of some guy's feed trough, where he's tacked up a sign that says 'Highest Point.' There's a picture of it in the book."
The publisher's Best Places paperback series spreads through the Golden State with first editions of Southern California Best Places: Restaurants, Lodgings, Touring (Jan., $19.95) by Erika Lenkert, San Diego... (Jan., $18.95) by Maribeth Mellin and San Francisco... (May, $18.95) by Rebecca Poole Foree and Matthew R. Poole. Second editions are in store for Alaska Best Places: Restaurants, Lodgings, and Adventure (Feb., $19.95) by Nan Elliot and Native Peoples of the Northwest: A Traveler's Guide to Land, Art, and Culture (Apr., $18.95) by Jan Halliday et al. Best Places editors have prepared second editions of San Juan & Gulf Islands Best Places Destinations Guide and Olympic Peninsula... (Mar., $12.95 each).
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Unusual villas, monasteries, farmhouses and more are depicted in Special Places to Stay: British Hotels, Inns, and Other Places (Mar., $19.95 paper) by Tom Bell, Special Places to Stay in Italy (May, $14.95 paper) by Susan Pennington and Special Places to Stay: French Hotels, Inns, and Other Places (June, $19.95 paper) by Susan Luraschi.

A pair of titles from Trailblazer Publications take a look at African sights. Sahara Overland (Apr., $29.95 paper) by Chris Scott is a driving guide spanning the entire desert, while Trekking in the Moroccan Atlas (July, $17.95 paper) by Richard Knight sizes up hiking destinations in the Atlas Mountains. The Taj Mahal (Mar., $11.95 paper) is in the Our World in Colour Series published by Local Colour Ltd. Simon Calder presents both a travelogue and guide in The Panamericana: On the Road Through Mexico and Central America (July, $19.95 paper), from Vacation Work Publications, which also releases Traveller's Survival Kit: Madagascar & Comoros (Aug., $18.95 paper) by James and Deborah Penrith. An Australian novelist takes us Down Under in Ruth Park's Sydney (May, $15.95 paper) by Ruth Park, published by Duffy & Snellgrove. Secluded places to eat and stay are revealed in The Hidden Places of England (Apr., $17.95 paper) by Barbara Vesey, from Travel Publishing Ltd.

Captain of a research schooner crewed by high school students, Randall Peffer spins tales of Massachusetts exploration in Logs of the Dead Pirates Society: A Schooner Adventure Around Buzzards Bay (May, $23.95). A candid look at vacation cruising is provided by Liners to the Sun.

Second editions update outdoor recreation possibilities in Adventuring in Australia (Feb., $19 paper) by Eric Hoffman and ...New Zealand (Feb., $20 paper) by Margaret Jefferies.(July; $35, paper $19.95) by John Maxtone-Graham.

Jan Morris's first book on America in more than a dozen years is Lincoln: A Foreigner's Quest (Feb., $23), an account of her journey down the Lincoln Heritage Trail. Sy Montgomery joined forces with photographer Dianne Snow while traveling to the Amazon seeking the encantado, the title creature of Journey of the Pink Dolphins: An Amazon Quest (Mar., $26).

The paths to 53 vintners are marked by Linda Jones McKee and Richard Carey in Pennsylvania Wineries (Apr., $19.95 paper). Ecotourists to that state can locate birding spots, wildflower preserves and more with Great Natural Areas in Western Pennsylvania (Mar., $19.95 paper) by Stephen J. Ostrander. The names of Brandywine, Valley Forge and Gettysburg ring through Pennsylvania Battlefields & Military Landmarks (May, $18.95 paper) by Arthur P. Miller Jr. and Marjorie L. Miller. More than 40 favorite paths are outlined in Great Hikes in the Poconos and Northeast Pennsylvania (May, $19.95 paper) by Boyd and Linda Newman. A trio of Pennsylvania Trail of History Guides are Daniel Boone Homestead by Sharon Hernes Silverman, Ephrata Cloister by John Bradley and Pennsbury Manor by Larry E. Tise (Aug., $10 each paper).

Visitors to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and adjacent areas can be guided by Exploring the Highest Sierra (Mar., $17.95 paper) by James G. Moore.

A new edition of Rome and a Villa: A Memoir (July, $18 paper), the classic travel book written mostly between 1948 and 1951 by the late Eleanor Clark, features an introduction by noted translator William Weaver.

Venerable neighborhoods regain accessibility with Retro NY: Rediscovering Old New York (Apr., $16.95 paper) by Chuck Lawliss.

The appeal of idyllic locations around the globe is shown off in Hip Hotels: Escape (Feb., $29.95 paper) by Herbert Ypma. Fairy-tale palaces built in exotic styles are captured in Tim Beddow's color photos in Damascus: Hidden Treasures of the Old City(Mar., $65) by Brigid Keenan. Friend to Igor and Vera Stravinsky, Robert Craft recounts journeys with them and other trips in Places: A Travel Companion for Music and Art Lovers(May, $20.95).

Paris: The Collected Traveler: An Inspired Anthology & Travel Resource and Central Italy... (Aug., $14 each paper), collected by Barrie Kerper, are both divided into two parts: the first contains essays and articles by such writers as Mavis Gallant and Frances Mays; the second presents information on everything from reading a menu and converting currency to renting a bike.

Thirty strolls proposed by London writers are assembled in Time Out Book of London Walks and 23 enjoyed by Parisians and Francophiles are gathered in ...Paris Walks (Apr., $14.95 each paper). Both are first editions, as is Time Out Chicago Guide (July, $14.95 paper), which gives the lowdown on after-hours entertainment and accommodations for all budgets. The landscapes that inspired Van Gogh and Cezanne serve as backdrops for the first edition of Time Out South of France Guide (July, $14.95 paper), while museums, galleries, coffeehouses and cafes are critiqued in the new Time Out Vienna Guide (June, $14.95).

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With color reproductions taking the reader through Italy's first public museum, The Brera Gallery: The Official Guide (Jan., $29.95 paper) is further described as the facility™s first official guide. TCI also adds two new titles to the Heritage Guides to Italy series in February: The Marches and Umbria ($16.95 each paper).

Venice: An Anthology Guide
(Feb., $24.95 paper) by Milton Grundy, published by Giles de la Mare, collects observations by writers from Dickens to Jan Morris and divides the city into seven walks and four excursions. Pavilion publishes The Silk Route: From Europe to China (Mar., $24.95) by Harry Holcroft. Denise Stobie introduces an ancient culture in Exploring Celtic Britain (Mar., $29.95), published by Collins & Brown. Penguin UK is the publisher of England's Thousand Best Churches (Mar., $45) by Simon Jenkins. A more secular subject is the focus of Great Pubs of the River Thames: From the Cotswolds to the East End (May, $29.95) by Mark Turner, published by Prion. From Collins Willow comes Golf Course Guide to Britain and Ireland (Feb., $17.95 paper) by Peter Alliss. More than 1,000 gardens are profiled and mapped in The Good Gardens Guide 2000 (Feb., $24.95 paper), edited by Peter King, published by Bloomsbury UK. The National Trust Handbook 2000 (Apr., $9.95 paper), edited and published by the National Trust of Britain, surveys more than 300 properties throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Venezuela (June, $22.95 paper) by Dominic Hamilton and South Africa (June, $24.95) by Jack Barke are both trip planners and fodder for armchair dreaming.

Frank McCourt is among the many contributors to Travelers' Tales Ireland: True Stories of Life on the Emerald Isle (Apr., $17.95 paper), edited by James O'Reilly et al., and Barry Lopez is one of many writers collected in The Gift of Rivers: True Stories of Life on the Water (Apr., $14.95 paper), edited by Pamela Michael. The female point of view dominates A Woman's Path: Women™s Best Spiritual Travel Writing (May, $16.95 paper), edited by Lucy McCauley et al. Physical strength and emotional endurance are sorely tried in Storm: A Motorcycle Adventure of Risk, Exposure, and Revelation Around the Baltic Sea (Apr., $24) by Allen Noren. Getting down to fundamentals, Jane Wilson-Howarth gives us Shitting Pretty: How to Stay Clean and Healthy While Traveling (Apr., $12.95 paper).

Travelers can get all wet with Diving Bali: Asia's Tropical Paradise Underwater (Jan., $24.95 paper) by David Pickell and Wally Siagian and can stay dryer with Exciting Bali: A Visual Journey (Apr., $9.95 paper), both Periplus Editions. New Periplus Travel Maps include Australia, Bangkok, Ko Samui, Chiangmai, Phuket and Sydney (Apr., $7.95 each).

Comprising a paperback threesome of first editions are Hidden Disneyland & Beyond (Apr., $13.95) by Lisa Oppenheimer, Hidden Wine Country (June, $13.95) by Richard Harris and Ray Riegert and Hidden Utah (June, $14.95) by Kurt Repanshek. Hidden Idaho (Mar., $14.95) by Richard Harris is in its third edition.

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Ulysses Due South Guide Puerto Plata, Sousa (Dominican Republic) (Mar., $9.95 paper) by Pascale Couture and Benoit Prieur describes all the local resorts and suggests excursions. Building on its Canadian base, Ulysses publishes many north-of-the-border guides (all paperback): Ulysses Travel Guide Montreal 2000-2001 (Mar., $14.95) by Francois Remillard et al., ...Quebec 2000-2001 (May, $21.95) by Collective, Quebec City (July, $12.95) by Francois Remillard and Stephane G. Marceau, ...Canada 2000-2001 (May, $21.95) by Collective, and Ontario's Best Hotels & Restaurants (June, $12.95) by Pascale Couture. Other guides include Las Vegas (June, $12.95) by Alain Legault, Tunisia (July, $19.95 paper) by Yves Seguin and Marie-Josee Guy and New York City 2000-2001 (May, $14.95) by Francois REmillard.

Edward Wessex, a.k.a. HRH Prince Edward (Queen Elizabeth II's youngest son), capitalizes on his insider position to open the door to his hometown in Crown and Country: A Personal Guide to Royal London (May, $35), a tie-in to the TV series of the same name.

South and Central America, Africa, Southeast Asia, Oceania and the Caribbean are all surveyed in A Naturalist's Guide to the Tropics (May, $25 paper) by Marco Lambertini.

Thirty-eight field trips to publicly accessible landscapes are charted in Exploring North Carolina's Natural Areas: Parks, Nature Preserves, and Hiking Trails (May; $29.95, paper $19.95), edited by Dirk Frankenberg.

Final Destinations: A Travel Guide to Remarkable Cemeteries in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas
(Apr., $18.95 paper) by Bryan Woolley et al. revisits even the cemetery used in the film Easy Rider.

The uppermost tip-top of every single state is illustrated and routed by Don W. Holmes in Highpoints of the United States: A Guide to the Fifty State Summits (June, $14.95 paper).

Colorado Museums and Historic Sites
(May; $45, paper $21.95) by Victor J. Danilov is described as the first complete guide to the state™s many facilities open to the public.

Strong arms will be needed to complete all 53 routes through more than 400 miles of ocean, river, bay, creek and the Gulf of Mexico that Johnny Molloy puts together in A Paddler's Guide to Everglades National Park (June, $16.95 paper). In the Sand Dollar series of reprints, Going to Miami: Exiles, Tourists and Refugees in the New America (Feb., $14.95 paper) is by David Rieff. A Victorian town in central Florida is the subject of Cassadaga: The South's Oldest Spiritualist Community (May, $29.95), edited by John J. Guthrie Jr. et al.

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All-day and all-night guides complete with double-sided maps include San Francisco (Apr.), Amsterdam (June) and Paris (Aug., $16.95 each paper).

Anecdotes and historical notes fill out Backroads of Northern California: Your Guide to Northern California's Most Scenic Backroad Tours (May, $19.95 paper) by David M. Wyman.

A 10th anniversary updated edition of Detroit Kids Catalog: A Family Guide for the 21st Century (Apr., $15.95 paper) by Ellyce Field paves the way for the Motor City's 300th birthday in 2001.

100 Great Hikes in and near Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley (Mar., $17.95 paper) by Phillip Ferranti is a revised and expanded edition. Wyoming's Continental Divide Trail: The Official Guide (May) by Lora Davis and New Mexico's... (June, $24.95 each paper) by Bob Julyan are full of color photos.

The recently purchased Byways series will grow with Utah Byways: 60 Trips Including Canyonlands, Arches, and Capitol Reef National Parks (Apr., $16.95 paper) by Tony Huegel. Wilderness is the exclusive U.S. distributor of The Independent Hostel Guide 2000: Britain & Europe (Feb., $7.95 paper) by Dave Dalley and published by the Backpackers Press.

John Ross knows where the game is and tells all in North America's Greatest Bird Hunting Lodges & Preserves: More than 200 Hotspots in the U.S. and Canada (Mar., $19.95 paper). He has also updated North America's Greatest Fishing Lodges: Over 300 Hotspots in the U.S., Canada & Central America (Feb., $19.95 paper). Exciting heights rise up in North America's Greatest Mountain Vacations: 100 Peak Destinations in the U.S. and Canada (May, $19.95 paper) by Mark and Amy Williams.

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Spanning the last 60 years, Travels in Galloway: Memoirs from Southwest Scotland (Mar., $15 paper) by Donald MacIntosh introduces a wide spectrum of people and places.

New chapters on Providence, R.I., and Portland, Maine, expand the sixth edition of Getaways for Gourmets in the Northeast (Mar., $18.95 paper) by Nancy and Richard Woodworth.

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