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Travel Guides
What a sunset! Wish you were here. These travel guides, websites, and directories are some of the most popular out there.  Most offer comprehensive travel and destination information. We have also included some guides covering special areas, such as backpacking.  Country guides usually include information on cities, while city guides usually only cover cities.  They are listed in alphabetical order.
 

Click on the appropriate letter-group to find a travel guide by name. 

Index

A-E F-J K-O P-T U-Z

Country Guides A-E         
  

Jump down to  B  C  D  E
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AAA Guides Buy at Amazon.com
The American Automobile Association (AAA) is is one of the largest sources of travel information in the United States and publish an extensive collection of travel guides covering the United States, and to a lesser extent, other countries of the world.  Your country may also have an automobile club.  Wikipedia has information on international affiliations with other auto clubs in the world.
 
About - Travel

They mine the web so you don't have to - finding hundreds of sites to link to organized under many categories.   They have one of the most comprehensive travel information sites on the web. It is well-organized and easy to navigate.
 
Access Guides  (no website) Buy at Amazon.com
They cover all the major cities of the world, as well as, regional guides such as the Caribbean and Wine Country. They did not have online information the last time we checked.
 
Adventure Guides Buy at Amazon.com
This is one of the most popular outdoor adventure websites to be found.  Captain Tony's Adventure Guide has comprehensive adventure information for all levels of endurance. 
 
Around The World Travel Guide  
This is an excellent site that lays out in book form with sections that cover everything you need to know if you want to travel the world. It is based on a two and a half year round-the-world trip that Marc and Karin Brosius took beginning in 1995. The site is updated regularly with contributions from other travelers including first-person observations. Thank you Marc, Karin and the other contributors for sharing your advice and experience with the rest of us.
 
Avant-Guides Buy at Amazon.com
Although these guides are limited to only a few cities and most are in the United States, they are written from the perspective of singles and couples.  They are not your usually family, general oriented travel guides.  They have practical, savvy information. In short, they're cool!
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Baedeker Guides (their site is in German only) Buy at Amazon.com
This is the oldest published tourist guidebook series in the world*.  Karl Baedeker, a German publisher, published the first Baedeker guidebook in 1835.  The books are lavishly illustrated with color photos and mostly cover European countries with a smattering of other countries outside Europe. Yes, they are published in several languages including English. They are well-written and include large fold-out maps with each book.

*Karl Baedeker and John Murray, an English publisher who published his first tourist guide book a year after Baedeker did in 1836 are both credited with developing the concept.  In the mid-20trh century, Eugene Fodor and Arthur Frommer popularized the travel guide as we know it today. Wikipedia has a good article on the history of travel guides.  The Baedeker guides are a collectable and several sites have information on the older Baedeker guides:  Site 1  Site 2.
 
Berkeley Guides (no website) Buy at Amazon.com
These are budget travel guides that are socially aware and mix an irreverent look at culture with practical, honest appraisals of places to eat, sleep, and see. 
 
Best Places Guides (no website) Buy at Amazon.com
Best Places list major cities and regional destinations in the USA and Canada.   They did not have online information the last time we checked.
 
The Big Blue Marble.com  
Paul Heller, the founder of this website sums it up nicely "I am dedicated to teaching you the ins and outs of how to travel-like-a-local rather than a tourist.  I believe that once you learn why traveling-like-a-local is the most satisfying, inexpensive, safe, and spiritually enriching way to see the world, you'll never want to be a tourist again." 
 
Birnbaum Travel Guides (no website)

Buy at Amazon.com

Birnbaum is a well-respected name in travel guides for specific countries, regions and cities of the world. Individual guides in the series are printed by different publishers and there is no online Birnbaum website. We take you to Amazon.com and their Search Results for "Birnbaum Travel Guides". From that page, you can search for specific titles. Enter keywords such as "Birnbaum Paris" or "Birnbaum Italy".  They did not have online information the last time we checked.
 
Blue Guides (no website) Buy at Amazon.com
These guides are for those who want to focus on the art, architecture, and history of a place including less well-known sights. they are arranged by accommodations, shopping, restaurants and by walks. They include maps and black and white photos.
 
BootsnAll.com  
They say they are the ultimate resource for the independent travelers. A nice, clean, well-organized site with in-depth information for the independent travelers. They have a friendly approach including discussion boards, travel stories ,travel guides and an Insider section where you can email people in the country or city you plan to visit to ask them questions. Isn't that great! They and Virtual Tourist are two of the best sites that let people exchange helpful, friendly information to find their way around the Global Village.
 
Bugbog Travel Guides and Pictures  

 

Bugbog is an independent, impartial travel guide website that will help you plan your next vacation quickly and efficiently.  They look at your travel needs and your planned vacation dates, and provide guides to the world's best destinations, with basic information, travel pictures and thousands of useful links.
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Cadogan Guides Buy at Amazon.com
"The Cadogan series of guidebooks is superb--comprehensive, intelligent, practical and well-written."--Washington Times as posted at the Amazon.com website.  They cover the world including detailed information on less traveled places. They have country, regional and city guides including Take The Kids City Guides.
 
Cheap Eats and Sleeps Guides (now retitled Great Eats and Sleeps Guides) Buy at Amazon.com

Sandra Gustafson has spent many years sleeping and eating in budget accommodations, finding those that are clean, comfortable, and often charming, and eating in budget restaurants in European cities and countries.  She has also done a lot of shopping and offers appraisals of both well-known and little-known shops.  She pays her own way and her information is objective and unbiased. Great Eats and Sleeps Guides provide informed, personal appraisals like a friend would give you after a trip.  Besides European cities and countries, she has a guide for eating economically in Greater Vancouver and San Francisco.  If you are a budget traveler, this is a nice companion to your typical travel guide.  Her website also has some Great Tips on Shopping, Eating and Sleeping.
 

CNN Travel Guide  

 

They have some good information on countries and cities. For some reason, they don't seem to let you go to a country directly. You have to pick a city and once you are on the city page, there is a link to other travel resources. They do let you go to regions of the world for news stories about countries in the region. This is a good place to find out up-to-date information about current threats to tourists in a country such as kidnappings and terrorist acts.
  
Columbus World Travel Guide   * * *  
This will take you to the World Travel Guide site maintained by Columbus Publishing.  It is the most straight-forward site we have seen to get you to information about a country. You are only 2 mouse-clicks away from getting to a specific country. Nice navigation!
 
Concierge Destinations
Concierge is associated with the popular Conde Nast Traveler magazine. They have beautiful coverage of countries and major cities of the world.  Clicking Destinations will take you to their Destination section where you can easily find a country or city.
 
Connected Traveler  * * * Destination Guides
Beautiful website connecting people with places and ideas. They have excellent coverage of countries and major cities of the world.  Clicking Destination guides will take you to their Destination guide section where you can easily find a country or city.
 
Countriesandcities.com 

 

This is a nice website that covers countries and cities of the world with a simple, clean user interface.  Their page for each country is a simple list of some good websites organized under various categories. Not every category is present for each country depending on the availability of information. Some typical categories are:  Maps, Travel information, Government websites, Directories, Airports, Airlines, Sports, and States/Provinces and Cities.  Their Cities section has a link to a single website that has comprehensive information for the city . This is often a government tourist website.
  
CountryWatch  
CountryWatch is a world leader in providing country specific business, economic, social and geopolitical information for all the countries of the world. It also has tourist information and the latest national news for each country. Very comprehensive and well done!
 
Culture Shock!  (no website) Buy at Amazon.com
These are not travel guides in the usual sense and do not have detailed information on sights and accommodations. Instead they are designed to acquaint you with the customs, culture and etiquette of a country including how to bargain, eat and avoid offending someone. Includes simple phrases and black and white photos.
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DMOZ Directory - Regional   * * *

Travel and Tourism

This is the Open Directory Project which ranks with Yahoo! and Google and all the other major search engines as a comprehensive source of web information.  Except they are non-commercial in the public interest. Click on a region, select a country and then select the Travel and Tourism category. This category has a number of sub-categories and good lists of tour companies and other travel-related information for the country.
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EscapeArtist.com

Country Guides

This is a "funky" site with great content and links. They have good, detailed, up-to-date information for both tourists and people who want to "escape" by moving overseas, living overseas, investing overseas or finding real estate and freedom overseas.  Their Living Overseas section also contains excellent tourist information.
 
Essential Guides  (no website) Buy at Amazon.com
This is not really one publisher's series of guidebooks.  A variety of publishers have travel books and phrase books with "Essential" in the title.  Amazon.com has collected them into a category called Essential Guides. For example, some cover cities and countries and some cover things like "The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel". You'll need to check them out for yourself. 
 
Excite Travel - Destination Guides

 

They have an excellent site covering both country and city destinations. (Scroll down past country destinations to get to the city destinations.)  They also have in-depth coverage of different travel categories such as family travel, outdoor adventure, business travel, etc.
 
Expedia™ Destination Guides

 

Their Destination Guides cover over 300 destinations in the world.  Clicking on the title above will take you to the ExpediaDestination Guide section. They also link you to Encarta® for even more in-depth information on the country you have selected.
  
Eyewitness Travel Guides

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DK Publishing has created some of the most beautiful guide books ever published.  Reading them almost makes you feel like you are there!  Besides beautiful pictures, their 3-D views of sections of cities from the air are amazing!
 
City Guides  A-E

Also just type in the city name + City Guide using your favorite search website. 
 
Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel

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We list Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Online in both our City and Country section and in this section because they have excellent coverage of cities all over the world. Clicking on their name will take you to their Destination page.
 
Birnbaum Travel Guides 

Buy at Amazon.com

Birnbaum is a well-respected name in travel guides for specific countries, regions and cities of the world. Different guides in the series are printed by different publishers and there is no online Birnbaum website. We take you to Amazon.com and their Search Results for "Birnbaum Travel Guides". From that page, you can search for specific titles. Enter keywords such as "Birnbaum Paris" or "Birnbaum Italy".
 
Cadogan Guides

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These guides provide not only the usual information for tourists, but also detailed cultural and historical information so you can get a better feel for a place.  They have both country and individual city guides.   They have a nice, clean interface and it is easy to navigate to a description of each guide.  They do not have any on-line information on the places.
  
CityGuide.com

 

They have a nice layout with easy-to-navigate extensive hotel listings, webcams, photos, maps, shopping and weather reports for cities of the world.  However, they do not have detailed general tourist information on cities.
 
CitySearch.com

 

This is one of the most popular city guide series on the web. They include movies, restaurants, events, arts and music, sightseeing attractions and sports for major U.S. and international cities.
 
City Guides
This site covers cities in the United States organized by state. You can also type in a city or town name or zip code on the home page to jump directly to the city guide for that place. This has a hometown flavor.  They let people post announcements of events and they have a good list of categories of each city from dining to shopping and services with weather, white pages and yellow pages. Comprehensive with minimal advertisements.  This website is part of AOL but you do not have to be an AOL subscriber to access the information.
  
Concierge

Destinations

Concierge is associated with the popular Conde Nast Traveler magazine. They have beautiful coverage of major cities of the world.   Clicking Destinations will take you to their Destination section where you can easily find a country or city.
  
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