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USA 101 (National Geographic)

Countless travel books display some aspect or region of America, but USA 101 stitches together a whole crazy quilt of iconic places, events, fairs, and festivals that celebrates our country in all its quirky diversity.

Whoever you are, wherever you’re going, whatever you like to do, it’s here somewhere. And if you just stay home and travel armchair-style you’ll still find this guide a vivid, often humorous, always fascinating blend of world-famous and distinctly local places and events that add up to a national portrait.

Here are fivescore and one indelibly American destinations, from the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate Bridge, from Graceland to Disneyland; perennial sporting rituals like the Army-Navy football game, the Indy 500, the Soap Box Derby, and the Little League World Series; plus dozens more favorite institutions old and new, from Native American powwows to the Miss America Pageant and monster truck rallies.

USA 101 features entertaining descriptive narratives—concise, lively sketches that capture each selection’s history and special appeal—as well as detailed practical advice and essential information for visiting. Well seasoned by eclectic, irresistible sidebars, this guide is a panorama of treasured traditions, favorite pastimes, and beloved national possessions that will surprise, amuse, and inform even the most sophisticated traveler.

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Great American Motorcycle Tours (Avalon Publishing)

You’re a rider…an independent spirit reluctant to follow someone else’s road map. But there are thousands of miles of road out there, and you could spend months searching for the best ones.

Gary McKechnie has spent years exploring the nation by bike, and these are his top rides, from the rocky New England coast to the wide-open West. McKechnie covers popular rides through Hudson River Valley, Amish Country, the Smoky Mountains and Georgia Hills, Washington State, the Pacific Coast, and everything in between.

This fifth edition of the best-selling guide includes exciting new photographs of rides like the Hudson River Valley Run, the Pacific Coast Run, and the Red Rocks Run, and new tips on the best food, shopping, and nightlife you'll experience along the way

Don’t waste your valuable two-wheeled vacation. Instead, let Great American Motorcycle Tours be your guide.

(*Winner of two major literary awards: the Society of American Travel Writers’ Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award and the Publisher’s Marketing Association Benjamin Franklin Gold Award.)

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A Brief History of Mount Dora, Florida (History Press)

Mount Dora is known for its southern charm and New England look, yet its history is just as engaging. The Festival City began with the arrival of pioneer families such as the Drawdys, Simpsons and Tremains. In the 1880s, it became a popular destination for Chautauqua events, when visitors gathered beside Lake Gertrude and Lake Dora for educational and cultural enrichment. In the twentieth century, Mount Dora weathered economic setbacks and racial conflict before becoming a premier city of the arts. Today, this beautiful lakefront community welcomes thousands of visitors to its numerous festivals, events and active shopping village. Join authors Gary McKechnie and Nancy Howell as they celebrate the intriguing history of their town.

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Ten Best of Everything: National Parks (National Geographic)

National parks are more than the best idea America ever had—they're our country's best playgrounds for millions of vacationers who want to enjoy recreation activities, nature and wildlife, and down-time with friends, family, or as solo travelers. This timely, idea-filled guide covers "classic" parks, national historical parks, national monuments, national battlefields, national scenic trails, and beyond. Hundreds of Top 10 lists highlight every park's best attractions—best lodges, best hikes, best star-gazing spots, best campfire meal spots. Destinations are covered by region, theme, season, and occasion. Photos, anecdotes from park rangers, and insider tips, plus traveler resources such as hotels and restaurants, make this the national parks guide travelers have long sought.

Author of more than a dozen chapters that described hiking, archaeology, continuing education, bicycling, scenery, presidential history, and more.

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Fodor’s Florida (Fodors Travel Guides)

From the Panhandle's white sandy beaches to Disney World and the Space Coast to hip Miami with its trendy hotels, dining and nightlife, Florida's attractions, along with balmy weather and beautiful people, lure over 80 million visitors to the state every year. In full-color throughout, Fodor's Florida takes a smart insider's look at the state, with helpful planning advice at the start of each chapter.

Contributor to travel guide series for more than a decade. Assignments included Miami, Space Coast, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, and the Florida Panhandle.

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Million-Dollar Frauds (Institute of Internal Auditors)

Case studies of frauds committed by corporate employees, offering managers and auditors an understanding of who commits fraud, and how and why it is executed.