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Travel Guides for Scotland, California & Arizona

WONDERS OF SOUTHERN SCOTLAND: A Guide to 35 Top Historic & Prehistoric Sites

The first of three regional guides to be published in quick succession, Wonders of Southern Scotland covers the area between the southern border of Scotland and Edinburgh. It was difficult to choose just 35 sites out of a great many more I have visited over the past 20 years or so, but these are among my favorites.

Keep in mind that these 35 are not "THE Top 35 Sites" but, instead, are "35 TOP Sites." That is, sites I think most people (and their children) will enjoy. They range from beautifully furnished castles to early historic military and industrial sites to remote (though easily accessible) prehistoric sites. Bon voyage!

Publication date: March 2014. Now available at major online bookstores.

WONDERS OF CENTRAL & NORTHERN SCOTLAND

In Scotland, history and prehistory are thick upon the ground. All three in this series of guides to Scotland are for travelers who want to see for themselves how Scotland's history all fits together. The guides each contain over 300 color photos, GPS information for each site, directions to all sites, maps showing how the sites relate to each other, history tables, book recommendations -- and much more.

WONDERS OF SCOTLAND'S NORTHERN & WESTERN ISLES

This guide to 30 top historic and prehistoric sites in Scotland's Northern and Western Isles will be published in 2019.

ADVENTURING IN THE CALIFORNIA DESERT: A Sierra Club Travel Guide

Revised and updated, this is the most comprehensive guide available to nine specific California desert regions, ranging from alpine snow fields to barren salt playas, and including such popular areas as: Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve, Saline Valley, White Mountains, Antelope Valley, Palm Springs, Anza-Borrego, and many more.

EXPLORING THE GRAND CANYON: Adventures of Yesterday and Today

“Winner of the National Park Service Award of Excellence. . . [it] explore[s] this famous national park in a lively yet comprehensive way.”
- Arizona Media

Clear, readable description of the formation of the Grand Canyon through geologic time . . . an engaging account of how people and the canyon have interacted.”
- Booklist