Summer travel begins in books


Neill Public Library is ready to help you make the most of your summer travel. A recent AAA travel survey finds nearly 100 million Americans will take family vacations this year and two-thirds or 68 percent of all family travelers will take a summer getaway.

According to the United States Department of Transportation, more than 78 percent of summer trips are between 50 and 249 miles in length. Personal vehicles are used 91 percent of the time, making this the primary method of transportation.

Summer travel begins at the library, so where would you like to visit? We have 728 guide books to get you started. For example, here are some excellent choices to plan a trip through the Pacific Northwest.

Feeling adventurous? Try April Borbon’s “1,000 Places Washington: 1,000 Things to Do, See and Experience in Washington State for the Intrepid Adventure.” If two-wheeled travel is more your style, try “Motorcycle Touring in the Pacific Northwest: The Region’s Best Rides” by Christy Karras, or “The Mountain Biker’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest” by Laurie Leman.

Prefer a trip steeped in mystery, thrills and chills? Check out “Ghost Towns of the Pacific Northwest: Your Guide to Ghost Towns, Mining Camps and Historic Forts of Washington, Oregon and British Columbia” by Philip Varney. Head out to investigate the elusive Northwest tree octopus or discover Ozette, the Pompeii of the Pacific Northwest in “Weird Washington: Your Travel Guide to Washington’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets” by Jeff Davis.

Wine and beer aficionados can build an entire vacation sipping through amazing wineries and breweries. Get started with “Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest” by Cole Danehower. Find 18 walkable pub crawls as you discover the region that put microbrews on the map, thanks to Lisa Morrison’s book, “Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest: A Beer Lover’s Guide to Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.”

Nature lovers rejoice. Grab and go with one of these terrific selections: “Hiking Waterfalls in Washington: A Guide to the State’s Best Waterfall Hikes” by Roddy Scheer, “The Creaky Knees Guide: Pacific Northwest National Parks and Monuments 75 Best Easy Hikes” by Seabury Blair, or “Hiking Idaho: a Guide to the State’s Greatest Hiking Adventures” by Ralph Maughan, which explores more than 100 trails in Idaho’s vast, undeveloped backcountry and wilderness areas.

Water vacations are the perfect way to combat the dog days of summer. Teach the kids how to paddle with “Kid’s Guide to Paddling” by Tom Watson. Ready to kick it up a notch? Try “Paddling Washington: Flatwater and Whitewater Routes in Washington State and the Inland Northwest” by Rich Landers or “Wild Water: Canoeing and Kayaking” by Neil Champion. Our region has stunning streams perfect for fishing. Bill Mason offers fly fishing instruction in his book “Bill Mason’s No Nonsense Guide to Fly Fishing in Idaho.”

Of course, we also have plenty of guidebooks for other domestic and international travel, too. Need a crash course to learn a new language before your trip? Mango Languages can have you ready in a snap. The library has what you need to make your vacation memorable, so swing by and let’s chat. We’re ready to help you explore, discover and connect wherever your plans may take you this summer.

Joanna Bailey is the director of Neill Public Library and the interim chairwoman of the Pullman Arts Commission.

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