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Travel guides to Phoenix, Arizona, Scottsdale and Central Arizona's Valley of the Sun including travel guides, maps, gazetteers and information on Arizona and Southwestern attractions including Native American Nations, the Grand Canyon, Arizona golf and rock climbing. Selected by Phoenix-Arizona.com editors and featuring top travel guides such as Best Places Phoenix and Frommer's Portable Phoenix and Scottsdale.

Best Places Phoenix

Best Places Phoenix
By Sonya Goodwin Hemmings, Wendi Neri
Writers and good friends, Goodwin and Neri tour the best of Phoenix and review Phoenix hotels, restaurants and little-known attractions with the frankness of two opinionated traveling companions (Thelma and Louise stick to the straight and narrow?). From day trips to the Sonoran Desert to full coverage of Phoenix golf courses, this is a premier guide to the best of Phoenix, worthwhile even for local Arizonians who think all Phoenix has going is an airport and hot weather.

Frommer's Portable Phoenix and Scottsdale

Frommer's Portable Phoenix and Scottsdale
By Karl Sampson and Jane Aukshunas
A condensed Phoenix and Scottsdale travel guide perfect for the short-term traveler to the Arizona's top cities, as well as the surrounding Arizona National Monuments. From gallery hopping in Scottsdale to driving the Apache Trail, this Frommer's edition is a practical travel resource to Phoenix and Arizona's hotels, restaurants and attractions, offering the basic travel information and leaving room for first-hand exploration.

Phoenix for Families

Phoenix for Families: A Parents' Guide to Life in the Valley of the Sun
By Hillary Burgess, Haley Kay Burgess
From Phoenix parks and zoos, to family-friendly open-air markets and volunteer projects, this is the Phoenix guide for both families relocating to Phoenix wanting to explore Phoenix attractions and activities for the whole family and for tourists traveling through Arizona. Organized by activity, location and season, this is an easy to read and follow Phoenix family fun guide.

Hidden Arizona: Including Phoenix, Tucson, Sedona and the Grand Canyon

Hidden Arizona: Including Phoenix, Tucson, Sedona and the Grand Canyon
By Richard Harris
An adventurer's travel guide (however oxymoronic that might be) to Arizona's outdoor attractions and lesser-known gems. From the lasting legacy of Arizona's Wild West history, ranches and ghost towns, to hiking, camping, boating and river rafting, this Arizona travel guide also focuses on Arizona's Southwest and Mexican cuisine.

The Grand Canyon: An Insider's Guide to the Park

The Grand Canyon: An Insider's Guide to the Park
By Susan Frank, Phil Frank
Susan Frank's eye for detail and Phil Frank's humorous illustrations work well together in this question and answer guide (with the good-natured and hypothetical Ranger Jack) to the quick ins and outs of the Arizona's Grand Canyon. From backcountry regulations to campground and lodging information, as well as a cultural and historical framework to sunsets and stargazing, this guide to the Grand Canyon is a Grand Canyon-specific guide that goes beyond including the Grand Canyon into a general Arizona guide book.

Arizona's Great Golf Courses

Arizona's Great Golf Courses
By Bill Huffman, Tom Weiskopf
In this hardcover anthology of Arizona's public, private and resort golf courses, Huffman (a golf writer and talk show host who has by his own estimations played "90 percent of the golf courses in Arizona") offers informative history on Arizona's now infamous golf culture, explores the diversity of Arizona golf courses, ranging from traditional to desert to mountain and punctuates his golf experience with excellent color photographs all presented in the coffee table book for golf enthusiasts.

Day Hikes and Trail Rides in and Around Phoenix

Day Hikes and Trail Rides in and Around Phoenix
By Roger D. Freeman, Ethel Freeman
Phoenix is surrounded by miles and miles of desert terrain, and offers excellent hiking and trails for the outdoor enthusiast (keeping in mind of course that the desert in June is sweltering). This Phoenix trail guide scours nearly every trail in the Valley of the Sun with trail descriptions that get down to the hundredth of a mile, color maps, topography and a healthy balance of urban and surrounding hikes and trails. This Phoenix guide to hiking and camping goes the extra distance with informative sections of geology while offering an insightful historical perspective.

 

Phoenix Rock II: Rock Climbing Guide to Central Arizona Granite
By Greg Opland
If big piles of granite rock fuel the fires of vertical adventure, this is the guide to some of Arizona's best rock climbing. An avid climber, Opland injects his own personality into the descriptions, and along with color photographs and topographical detail, offers a candid and clear overview of central Arizona's wealth of climbable granite crags.

Native Roads: The Complete Motoring Guide to the Navajo and Hopi Nations

Native Roads: The Complete Motoring Guide to the Navajo and Hopi Nations
By Fran Kosik
Fran Kosik knows the roads she explicates in this travel guide to motoring through the Navajo and Hopi Nations. For the last twenty years, Kosik has worked with the Navajo and Hopi and offers an insider's understanding of the area's geology (including common rock layers and the Colorado Plateau), history, weather and travel etiquette. Kosik covers the meanderings of the 15 major highways that connect the Navajo and Hopi Nations with the Grand Canyon.

Native People of the Southwest

Native People of the Southwest
By Trudy Griffin-Pierce
Part scholarly, part first-hand treatment, Griffin-Pierce's comprehensive look at the Southwest's Native American Nations covers the religious, linguistic and economic issues of the many Arizona and New Mexico tribal groups, including the Navajo, Pueblos, O'odham, Yaqui, Yuman, Navajo, Apache and Southern Paiute. Having grown up in a Navajo family and spending time with each group she describes, Griffin-Pierce is a sensitive and authoritative voice for the contemporary issues and culture of the Southwest's Native Americans.

Folded Map Phoenix & Adjacent Cities Arizona

Folded Map Phoenix & Adjacent Cities Arizona
By Rand McNally
A completely up-to-date fold out map, printed in January 2003, of Phoenix and the surrounding areas.

Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer

Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer
By Delorme Publishing
A highly detailed map of Arizona that's a perfect roadside accompaniment on an Arizona driving trip. Topographical detail, back roads, gazetteer information on Arizona places and activities along the way and a special section on the Grand Canyon make the Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer a best-selling Arizona travel map.

Tiki Road Trip

Tiki Road Trip: A Guide to Tiki Culture in North America
By James Teitelbaum
This book is dedicated to the faded but not forgotten cult of Tiki kitsch and follows the fad that began with an American fascination with the exotic and culminated in a drinking and dining experience known as "Polynesian Pop," complete with its own soundtrack and pop aesthetic. In this guide to the remaining U.S. and international tributes to Tiki, Teitelbaum unearths the source of the Tiki craze and preserves pop culture history by listing and rating the diaspora of Tiki bars, restaurants and sites, providing a glossary of Tiki terms and a list of classic drink recipes. (Review by Shannon Ryan)

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