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Summertime and the Travel is Easy: Plan your vacation with help from Livingston Library


It's July! It’s summertime! For many of us New Jerseyans, it means trips down the shore or to the lake, or boating and fishing, camping, hiking, festivals, vacationing, or just plain old being lazy.

The Livingston Public Library has a plethora of guidebooks to help you plan your vacation.

Since July is America’s official National Recreation and Parks Month, we suggest the National Parks and Conservation Association’s Guide to National Parks series, or National Geographic’s Guide to the State Parks of the United States, Classic Hikes of North America, the Reader's Digest Association’s The Most Scenic Drives in America, Eyewitness Travel’s Off the Tourist Trail, Reader's Digest Association’s  Off the Beaten Path; RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory; and more.

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Closer to home, all of the following are national parks: the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governors Island, Grant's Tomb, and Gateway National Recreation Area (the natural areas surrounding the Hudson River estuary), and we have books to help you enjoy them.  For parks right in our state, we have Jeanne Kolva’s Olmstead Parks in New Jersey, Beneath the Garden State – Exploring Aquatic New Jersey;  New Jersey Parks, Forests, and Natural Areas; Kevin T Dann’s 30 Walks in New Jersey;  Appalachian Trail Guide to New York-New Jersey; Kim Knox Beckius’s Backroads of New York,  Appalachian Mountain Club’s  Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania: AMC's Canoe and Kayak Guide to the Best Ponds, Lakes, and Easy Rivers.

For those of you who’ve traveled to the western states, you might know that July is also “cowboy Christmas" -  the month that all the rodeos take place. So if you’d like to go see one, consider Lonely Planet’s Colorado; Frommer's Utah; Forbes Travel Guide: Southwest; Frommer's Montana & Wyoming; James E. Cook’s Travel Arizona : the Back Roads; Mobil travel guide  - Northwest; Canadian Rockies : Alberta and British Columbia.

Do you like the seashore? The take a look at Wildwood by the Sea by David W. Francis; The Best of Everything at the Jersey Shore  by Jeff Edelstein.  Bradley Beach Treasures; Self-guided Architectural Tours, Cape May, N.J.; Gingerbread Gems : Victorian Architecture of Cape May by Tina Skinner, The Insiders' Guide to Cape Cod and the Islands; Frommer's Cape Cod, Nantucket & Martha's Vineyard and many more.

Summer is the most popular time of year to see Europe, and of course the library has the tried and true Frommer’s and Fodor’s guides to destinations such as Italy, France, England, Spain, Portugal, Germany, and of course, separate guides to the major cities in these countries: Rome, Paris, London, Madrid, Lisbon, But we also have specialized titles, such as Europe by Rail, European Cruise Ports of Call, Opera Lover’s Guide to Europe, Lonely Planet’s Walking in Britain, Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door.

Would you like to hike a volcano? You can do this on Hawaii’s Big Island in Volcanoes National Park; or Pacaya -- the most popular volcano to hike in Guatemala; or Volcan San Pedro on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala; or the the dormant Cerro Chato Volcano in Costa Rica; or Mount Vesuvius near Naples, Italy, to name a few. The volcanoes are written up in Lonely Planet’s Hawaii – The Big Island; Moon Guide’s Guatemala;  Lonely Planet’s Costa Rica; Frommer’s Amalfi Coast with Naples, Capri & Pompeii, respectively.

Ever heard of skiing in the summer? Well you can do it in the Andes Mountains of Chile, or at Timberline, located in Oregon; or at the Hintertux glacier in Austria. Las Lenas is the highest ski resort in Argentina; and Coronet Peak is the most popular ski resort on the South Island of New Zealand.  We have guides to help you plan your vacations there. Want to snorkel a reef? Try the Great Barrier Reef of Australia; the Belize Barrier Reef Reef; or the New Caledonia Barrier reef in the South Pacific. Read up on these in Aqua Expeditions : a Global Travel Guide for the Scuba Diver and Snorkeler .Many of the travel magazines proclaim that an African safari is the trip of a lifetime. Among Africa’s top safari destinations are wildlife parks in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Botswana, and Nimibia. We just happen to have Fodor’s The Complete African Safari Planner, as well as guidebooks for almost all of the African countries.

Thinking of visiting the land of your forefathers? We have  Eyewitness Travel:  Back Roads Italy; Fodor's Essential India; Israel : the Bradt Travel Guide; Eyewitness travel guides -  China; Frommer's  Greek Islands, and others too numerous to name.

If your vacation plans are already made, why, come in and check out our library’s travel collection. It just may propel you into making travel plans for the next year!


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