By: Patricia Schultz
The bestselling 1000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz has recently been re-released in the form of a full-color second edition. The book, which has spawned a number of knock-offs, is so much more than just a simple travel guide.
Each entry not only tells the reader why the place should be visited but also the pertinent information such as websites, phone numbers and the best time to place a visit. Plus, this new version includes 200 additional pages covering 28 new countries. 1000 Places To See Before You Die covers everything from the Great Mosque in Mali to the Denali National Park in Alaska.
I loved 1000 Places To See Before You Die. For starters, Patricia Schultz listed some of my favorite places ever, including Pennsylvania Dutch Country (a.k.a. “Where the Plain People Live” — their words, not mine), Independence National Historical Park, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation, and…Philly Food!
Let’s get to the important stuff — Philly food. A lot of attention is paid to Pat’s Steaks, which has been in existence since the 1930s, is still run by the same family, and is open 24 hours a day. Because, let’s be honest, sometimes you just need a cheesesteak at 3 a.m.
Independence National Historical Park is pretty important, too. In fact, as Patricia Schultz points out, it is considered the most important historical district in the country. There’s Independence Hall — just the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed, not to mention the U.S. Constitution, as well as Congress Hall, the Liberty Bell, Franklin Court (as in Benjamin Franklin), and the Betsy Ross House.
And, the lucky duck that I am, one of the 1,000 Places To See Before You Die is Riviera Maya (in Mexico)…and I just happen to be headed there in July! As the book points out, at the southern end of Riviera Maya is the only ancient Mayan city on the coast, Tulum!
I haven’t seen many of the places listed in 1000 Places To See Before You Die but one destination in the book that I can definitely recommend is Cape May, New Jersey. Cape May is the oldest seaside resort in the United States and is so romantic and quaint — in its old Victorian style — that you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported back in time.
But there’s plenty more — the Lincoln Trail (Illinois) and the Iowa State Fair), Da Lat (Vietnam) and the Silver Pagoda (Cambodia), the Gobi Desert (Mongolia) and Caesarea (Israel) — just to give you a taste of what Patricia Schultz has in store for you in this book.
But there’s so much more to 1000 Places To See Before You Die…and it covers some unexpected and surprising gems throughout the entire world. This book makes a fabulous addition to your library but makes a wonderful gift as well. This is one of the most pleasant surprises you will have come across in a long time. To say you will not be disappointed is an outrageous understatement; you will be thrilled with this book for its ideas, its insights, and its exploratory feel.
I was not compensated for writing this review post. I was provided a review sample. Opinions are my own.