1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Traveler's Life List

Paperback | May 22, 2003

byPatricia Schultz

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Introducing the Eighth Wonder of travel books, the New York Times bestseller that's been hailed by CBS-TV as one of the best books of the year and praised by Newsweek as  the "book that tells you what's beautiful, what's inspiring, what's fun and what's just unforgettable everywhere on earth."

Packed with recommendations of the world's best places to visit, on and off the beaten path, 1,000 Places To See Before You Die is a joyous, passionate gift for travelers, an around-the-world, continent-by-continent listing of beaches, museums, monuments, islands, inns, restaurants, mountains, and more. There's Botswana's Okavango Delta, the covered souks of Aleppo, the Tuscan hills surrounding San Gimignano, Canyon de Chelly, the Hassler hotel in Rome, Ipanema Beach, the backwaters of Kerala, Oaxaca's Saturday market, the Buddhas of Borobudur, Ballybunion golf club-all the places guaranteed to give you the shivers.

The prose is gorgeous, seizing on exactly what makes each entry worthy of inclusion. And, following the romance, the nuts and bolts: addresses, phone numbers, websites, costs, and best times to visit-all updated for 2010 with the most current information.

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Around the world, continent by continent, here is the best the world has to offer, 1,000 places guaranteed to give travelers the shivers: sacred ruins, grand hotels, wildlife preserves, hilltop villages, snack shacks, castles, festivals, reefs, restaurants, cathedrals, hidden islands, opera houses, museums, and more.

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Introducing the Eighth Wonder of travel books, the New York Times bestseller that's been hailed by CBS-TV as one of the best books of the year and praised by Newsweek as  the "book that tells you what's beautiful, what's inspiring, what's fun and what's just unforgettable everywhere on earth." Packed with recommendations of the world's...

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Around the World, continent by continent, here is the best the world has to offer: 1,000 places guaranteed to give travelers the shivers. Sacred ruins, grand hotels, wildlife preserves, hilltop villages, snack shacks, castles, festivals, reefs, restaurants, cathedrals, hidden islands, opera houses, museums, and more. Each entry tells e...

Patricia Schultz is the author of the runaway #1 New York Times bestsellers 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places in the United States and Canada to See Before You Die. She's also written for Frommer's, Berlitz, and Access travel guides, as well as Condé NastTraveler, Islands, and Harper's Bazaar. Her home base is New Yor...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:992 pages, 7.5 × 5.31 × 1.69 inPublished:May 22, 2003Language:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Travel 'Bible' I love this book and have given many copies as gifts. I believe there are many fabulous places to visit that are not in this book, however I think it is a fun way to have an appreciation for how much I have seen. It has provided me with new ideas that I otherwise would not have known about. Also, I am very impressed with the Canadian representation - it has even inspired me to see more of Canada! Ignore negative comments regarding expensive resorts and restaurants. Yes, there are some recommendations for these. But there are so many attainable travel goals in this book that you can easily overlook the pricey recommendations. Enjoy!
Date published: 2008-10-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent travel book I was a bit disappointed by the locations choosen by the author for her top 1000. This book is heavy on US destinations (probably because the author is American) and many of her destinations are in fact resorts or hotels she recommends staying at. With that in mind, it seems aimed at an older group of travellers (baby boomers) who can afford top of the line luxury travel (for example, one 'must see' place - a resort in Fiji that costs $1600 per night per person. Not exactly accessible to the average traveller!) Overall, the list is ok and does have many exciting places that should be on any travellers to-do list. But I would only recommend it as a basic starting point and not a complete traveler's check-list. Many of the 'places' are not necessarily going to be enjoyed by everyone - especially if you are not in the baby-boomer demographic.
Date published: 2008-06-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Is the author being paid by tourist locations? A good book however I was shocked when I turned to Ontario's section in the book and saw that this listings included: Niagara Falls, Winterlude & Skating on the Rideau Canal, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Gour Seasons Hotel. Ummmmm... how is it possible that the CN Tower is not included on this list?
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is for the travelling junkie at heart. I've read it cover to cover many times... It has given me so many brilliant ideas on places to travel... loved it!
Date published: 2005-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We love it !!! Great book it really gets you inspired about going places. The places she mentions that I have been to are wonderful that's why I thought her other suggestions would be great. We are going to Guatemala and her ideas helped us plan a great itinerary. Time is usually limited it's great to find a reliable source of information to not miss the special spots.
Date published: 2004-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I HOPE I DON'T DIE ANYTIME SOON! I originally bought this book as a gift, but it was such a great read that I decided to keep it for myself! 1000 Places To See Before You Die is full of ideas for the world traveller, or aspiring world traveller. Black and white photos are scattered throughout, and the book is cleverly divided into regions of the world and by theme. It was with great pleasure that I added this book to my library, and I'm sure it will inspire many trips to come.
Date published: 2003-11-27

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INTRODUCTION The Story of This Book Is it nature or nurture that sends a person out onto the Road—that whispers in one’s ear that it’s time to take off and make for the horizon, just to see what’s out there? The urge to travel—to open our minds and move beyond the familiar—is as old as man himself. It’s what drove the ancient Romans to visit Athens’s Acropolis and Verona’s amphitheater. It’s what sent Marco Polo off on his momentous journey east, and what moved St. Augustine of Hippo to write, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only one page.” Whether we go to London for the weekend or to a place that’s utterly alien, travel changes us, sometimes superficially, sometimes profoundly. It is a classroom without walls. I can’t speak for everyone, but I can tell you about my own wanderlust. Family legend (never proven) has it that we’re somehow related to Mark Twain, America’s great storyteller and also one of the preeminent globetrotters of his day. How then to explain my mother’s reaction when I had my own first Great Adventure? It was the late 1950s, and Atlantic City was as exotic and unknown to me as Shangri-la—all sand and sea, hotels and boardwalk, and the intimation of greater things just beyond what I could see from the family beach blanket. I set off at the first opportunity, but after what seemed only a few precious minutes of intoxicating discovery (in fact several hours), I was snatched up by my apoplectic mother and a cadre of relieved lifeguards and brought back to the roost. This is my earliest memory: I had heard the siren call of the great, global beyond, and I had answered. I was hooked. I was four. Fast-forward to college graduation. Campus buddies were heading straight for Wall Street apprenticeships, international banking programs, and family business obligations, but I made a beeline for the airport and my own private Grand Tour through the marvels of Italy and its neighbors. Could one make a living off la dolce vita? I was amazed when my first articles got published, but then I realized: one could. Many guidebooks and innumerable articles later, I found myself at a round table facing publisher Peter Workman and his right-hand editor, the late Sally Kovalchick, who told me about their desire to compile the world’s most enticing and intriguing treasures between two covers, and their belief that I was up to the challenge. I was on board. When it came time to actually do it, though—to choose from the nearly bottomless grab bag of the world’s possibilities, both legendary and unsung—I realized I was in for a lengthy battle with philosophy and methodology and all the questions anyone who flips through this book is bound to ask. How did I arrive at these particular destinations and events?

Table of Contents

Contents

INTRODUCTION • xi
THE STORY OF THIS BOOK x i • HOW THE BOOK IS ORGANIZED x v

EUROPE • 1
From Windsor Castle to the Highland Games of Scotland, Vezelay in Burgundy to Ávila in Spain, Count Dracula’s Castle in Romania to Santa’s Village in Finland
GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND 3 • ENGLAND • SCOTLAND • WALES • IRELAND • NORTHERN IRELAND • WESTERN EUROPE 90 • AUSTRIA • BELGIUM • FRANCE • MONACO • GERMANY • GREECE • ITALY • NETHERLANDS • PORTUGAL • SPAIN • SWITZERLAND • EASTERN EUROPE 290 • CZECH REPUBLIC • HUNGARY • POLAND • ROMANIA • RUSSIA • SCANDINAVIA 312 • DENMARK • FINLAND • ICELAND • NORWAY • SWEDEN

AFRICA • 3 4 3
From the Great Pyramids of Giza to the Imilchil Betrothal Fair in Morocco, Kenya’s Masai Mara to Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, South Africa’s Drakensberg Mountains to Stone Town in Zanzibar
NORTHERN AFRICA 345 • EGYPT • MOROCCO • TUNISIA • EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA 361 • BOTSWANA • ETHIOPIA • KENYA • MADAGASCAR • MALAWI • MALI • MAURITIUS • NAMIBIA • SEYCHELLES • SOUTH AFRICA • TANZANIA • UGANDA • ZAMBIA • ZIMBABWE

THE MIDDLE EAST • 397
From the Dead Sea to Jerusalem’s Old City, Petra in Jordan to Krak des Chevaliers in Syria, Dubai’s Gold Souk to Yemen’s Old Sana’a
ISRAEL • JORDAN • OMAN • SAUDI ARABIA • SYRIA • UNITED ARAB EMIRATES • YEMEN

ASIA • 417
From Beijing’s Forbidden City to Xi’an’s Terra-Cotta Warriors, Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival to Calcutta’s Marble Palace, Turkey’s Whirling Dervishes to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam
EAST ASIA 419 • CHINA • JAPAN • MONGOLIA • SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA 440 • BHUTAN • INDIA • IRAN • NEPAL • SRI LANKA • TURKEY• TURKMENISTAN • UZBEKISTAN • SOUTHEAST ASIA 475 • CAMBODIA• INDONESIA • LAOS • MALAYSIA • MYANMAR • PHILIPPINES • SINGAPORE• THAILAND • VIETNAM

AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, AND THE PACIFIC ISLANDS • 513
From the Sydney Opera House to Ayers Rock, New Zealand’s Tasman Glacier to the Cook Islands’ Dance Festival, the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea to Tonga’s Heilala Festival
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND 515 • THE PACIFIC ISLANDS 540• COOK ISLANDS • FIJI • FRENCH POLYNESIA • MICRONESIA
• PAPUA NEW GUINEA • TONGA • WESTERN SAMOA

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND CANADA • 5 6 1
From Alaska’s Inside Passage to Savannah’s Historic District, the Art Institute of Chicago to the French Quarter in New Orleans, the Las Vegas Strip to New York’s Finger Lakes Region, Monticello in Virginia to Jackson Hole in Wyoming, Skating the Rideau Canal in Ottawa to Heli-Skiing in British Columbia
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 563 • CANADA 747

LATIN AMERICA • 7 7 7
From the Mayan Ruins of Palenque in Mexico to Belize’s Barrier Reef, the San Blas Archipelago of Panama to Buenos Aires’s Tango Bars, Chile’s Wine Region to the Otavalo Market in Ecuador, Machu Picchu in Peru to the Penguin Rookeries of Antarctica
MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA 779 • MEXICO • BELIZE • COSTA RICA• GUATEMALA • HONDURAS • PANAMA • SOUTH AMERICA AND ANTARCTICA 804 • ARGENTINA • BOLIVIA • BRAZIL • CHILE • COLOMBIA • ECUADOR• PERU • URUGUAY • VENEZUELA • ANTARCTICA

THE CARIBBEAN, BAHAMAS, AND BERMUDA • 849
From Cap Juluca in Anguilla to the Shark Rodeo at Walker’s Cay in the Bahamas, Cuba’s Jazz Festival to Sailing the Grenadines, Old San Juan in Puerto Rico to Saba Marine Park
ANGUILLA • ANTIGUA • BAHAMAS • BARBADOS • BARBUDA • BERMUDA• BONAIRE • BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS • CAYMAN ISLANDS • CUBA• DOMINICA • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC • GRENADA • THE GRENADINES• GUADELOUPE • JAMAICA • MARTINIQUE • NEVIS • PUERTO RICO • SABA • ST. BARTHÉLEMY • ST. KITTS • ST. LUCIA • ST. MARTIN • TOBAGO • TRINIDAD • U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

INDEXES • 895
SPECIAL INDEXES 895 • ACTIVE TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE • ANCIENT WORLDS: PYRAMIDS, RUINS, AND LOST CITIES • CULINARY EXPERIENCES• FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS • GLORIES OF NATURE: GARDENS, PARKS AND WILDERNESS PRESERVES, AND NATURAL WONDERS • GORGEOUS BEACHES AND GETAWAY ISLANDS • GREAT HOTELS AND RESORTS • LIVING HISTORY: CASTLES AND PALACES, HISTORICAL SITES • UNRIVALED MUSEUMS • ROADS, ROUTES, AND BYWAYS • SACRED PLACES • GENERAL INDEX 918

From Our Editors

Around the world, continent by continent, here is the best the world has to offer, 1,000 places guaranteed to give travelers the shivers: sacred ruins, grand hotels, wildlife preserves, hilltop villages, snack shacks, castles, festivals, reefs, restaurants, cathedrals, hidden islands, opera houses, museums, and more.