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Published: Saturday, July 13, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Go-to books to help you plan great getaways

  • This image provided by Countryman Press shows the cover of ī500+ All-American Family Adventuresī by Debbie K. Hardin. The book is designed to help fam...

    This image provided by Countryman Press shows the cover of ī500+ All-American Family Adventuresī by Debbie K. Hardin. The book is designed to help families plan vacations and day trips that are both educational and entertaining, all centered around the American experience, from national parks and historic sites to fun activities. (AP Photo/Countryman Press)

  • This image from Oxford University Press shows the cover of īThe Yellow Book: CDC Health Information for International Travel, 2014.ī The book offers u...

    This image from Oxford University Press shows the cover of īThe Yellow Book: CDC Health Information for International Travel, 2014.ī The book offers up-to-date advice and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control on staying healthy around the world, including recommendations for vaccines, disease prevention and coping with common problems like diarrhea, jet lag, insect bites, sunburn and altitude sickness. (AP Photo/Oxford University Press)

  • This image provided by Lonely Planet shows the cover of ģNew Englandķs Best Trips,ī one of six in a series from the travel guidebook publisher out thi...

    This image provided by Lonely Planet shows the cover of ģNew Englandķs Best Trips,ī one of six in a series from the travel guidebook publisher out this year. ģBest Tripsī for New England, the Pacific Northwest and California are fully updated second editions, while ģBest Tripsī for France, Italy and Ireland are first-ever editions. The books offer itineraries for road trips, including activities, detours, dining and lodging. (AP Photo/Lonely Planet)

Sure, there are apps, websites and Facebook posts from all your friends to help you decide where to go and what to do on your next trip.
But there's still a place in travel for the old-fashioned book, from lavishly illustrated hardcovers to information-packed guides.
Here are a few to inspire you and practical advice to help you plan.
Lonely Planet's "Best Trips" series, which includes first-ever editions for Italy, Ireland and France ($25 each), along with fully updated second editions for California, New England and the Pacific Northwest ($23 each).
Each book includes about three dozen itineraries for road trips, maps and detailed directions, classic trips with well-known destinations and ideas for detours to local spots.
Travel + Leisure's "100 Greatest Trips" ($35). This collection of stories from the magazine and its international editions features memorable destinations from exotic locales like Zanzibar to driving itineraries in Florida and Texas.
Other stories include shopping in Brooklyn, N.Y., a beach escape in Mozambique, arts and culture in Milan, outdoor adventures in Costa Rica, and culinary tours of Hawaii, Paris, Singapore and Tasmania.
"500+ All-American Family Adventures" by Debbie K. Hardin ($25). The book is designed to help families plan vacations and day trips that are both educational and entertaining, all centered around the American experience.
The book has a chapter on every state plus Washington D.C., with listings that range from natural parks like Zion in Utah or Denali in Alaska, to fun activities like surfing in Hawaii or visiting Coney Island in New York.
Also featured are numerous historic sites and museums, from Lincoln's birthplace in Hodgenville, Ky., to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Okla.
"The Yellow Book: CDC Health Information for International Travel, 2014" ($47.50). For travelers and others in need authoritative information on staying healthy around the world, with up-to-date advice and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
The book lists vaccines recommended by country, along with diseas prevention strategies, where to find health care abroad, and coping with common problems like diarrhea, jet lag, insect bites, sunburn and altitude sickness.

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