The Rough Guide to Southwest USA

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Practical travel guide to Southwest USA with a free eBook featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in Southwest USA. The Rough Guide to Southwest USA also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in Southwest USA, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip. This guide book has been fully updated post-COVID-19.

The Rough Guide to Southwest USA covers: The Four Corners, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico, Albuquerque and Southern New Mexico, Phoenix and Southern Arizona, Flagstaff and Central Arizona, The Grand Canyon, Southern Utah and Las Vegas

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Experiences selected for every kind of trip to Southwest USA, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in The Grand Canyon to family activities in child-friendly places, like Monument Valley or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like Las Vegas.


Essential pre-departure information including Southwest USA entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Carefully planned routes covering the best of Southwest USA give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for visiting national parks or taking a retro road-trip down the iconic Route 66.


Rough Guides' rundown of Southwest USA, Wild West Towns, rural New Mexico, Arizona's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to Southwest USA, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, to help to find the best places in Southwest USA, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter features fascinating insights into Southwest USA, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Havasu Falls and the spectacular Zion National Park.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in Phoenix, Santa Fe and many more locations in Southwest USA, reduce the need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.


Free eBook download with every purchase of a printed book allows you to access all of the content from your phone or tablet, for on-the-road exploration.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781789194630
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 10/1/2021
Pages: 504
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 

Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page


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4.0 out of 5, 5 global ratings

Amazon Customer

Good buy

Reviewed on September 13, 2018
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Good information for pre trip planning

Amazon Customer

Five Stars

Reviewed on June 19, 2018
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all correct, on time and as expected. Thanks.

Amazon Customer

Excellent Rough Guide

Reviewed on September 20, 2017
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Maybe I needn't have bought the new edition, as it doesn't have much that wasn't in the previous one. But still, Rough Guides are the best for planning trips, though you need to check things on-line whenever possible. My only complaint is that it didn't have anything for Central Utah or Nevada north of Las Vegas. I added Moon Guides for both states, and the combination worked out well.

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