Thursday, October 28, 2021

1000 Perfect Weekends: Great Getaways Around the Globe by National Geographic Society (TLC Book Tours)

 “The book you hold in your hands is entirely dedicated to the beauty and possibilities of the perfect weekend – 1,000 of them to be exact.”

 What is your perfect weekend?  Where do you get ideas on where to travel?

 1000 Perfect Weekends is giving me lots of new ideas of places to travel.  It’s a beautiful, large book (smallish coffee table book) that is a perfect conversation piece when you have people over.  Stunning pictures show great vacation spots around the world.  If you don’t have the means to travel worldwide, you can dream of it by exploring this book.  You can also find locations closer to home by exploring the helpful and detailed index.  The chapters are broken out into various interesting places to explore from beach escapes to camping spots, from family friendly vacations to food & wine, from historical explorations to wildlife adventures.  Each chapter highlights interesting vacation ideas and includes the nearest airport hub to each location.  It also includes a top ten lists for interesting items like beaches, golf courses, most-stop antiquing spots, music towns, television locations, food markets, places for romance, etc. 

 This is a very fun book to read, peruse, and just to flip through and talk about.  It also gave me some life goals with a list of the top ten bookstores in the world.  Number one is Shakespeare and Company in Paris, France.  I also loved the top ten national parks.  I have only been to one, the Grand Canyon, but I would love to see the rest around the world including the Krka National Park in Croatia.  I have heard my friend Barb talk about the beauty of Croatia for years and its very well represented in this book. 

 I also had to see how Wisconsin was represented.  Wisconsin has five locations in this book from the Great Wolf Lodge at the Dells to the Lumberjack World Championships.  I was kind of confused that Racine was picked as one of the top beaches. Living on Lake Michigan in beautiful Kewaunee right by beautiful Door County, I felt left out.  I always think of Racine as an industrial city I drive through, but now maybe I need to check out their beach . . . my birth state of Michigan had six locations including the beautiful Tahquamenon Falls, Isle Royale, and Sleeping Bear Dunes.  I approve.

 We are finally going on our delayed 2020 vacation to Washington DC next summer.  Looking at the top ten Battlefields, number two is Yorktown in Virginia.  We thought about this and extended our trip to stop by to visit.  I’ve never been there before, and the kids are excited.

 I have been enjoying this book for myself, but with Christmas just around the corner, this would make a great gift for anyone who likes to travel or likes to dream about traveling. 

 Overall, 1000 Perfect Weekends is a perfect book to explore great destinations around the world from the comfort of your own home.

Book Source:  Review Copy from Hachette as part of the TLC Book Tour.  Thank-you!

About 1000 Perfect Weekends

Publisher: National Geographic (October 19, 2021) 
Hardcover: 720 pages 

  Packed with innovative ideas and inspiring photographs, this gift-worthy treasury features 1,000 dream escapes from sunny beach retreats to lush mountain idylls, exotic city sojourns, and wild adventures around the world. 

 Whether you're looking for a way to unplug from the busy work week, take the family on a quick getaway, or add to a vacation itinerary, this practical and inspiring book provides the perfect way to plan your next escape. Spend two days sailing off the coast of the Bahamas. Indulge in a foodie tour of Mexico City's markets. Camp with wild horses on Assateague Island. Take a drive through Italy's "Chocolate Valley." Skate the world's largest ice rink at Ottawa's winter festival. Whatever your pleasure, 1,000 Perfect Weekends has a unique itinerary built to excite you and your travel companions, illustrated with dramatic National Geographic photographs. Divided by theme and interest--including nature parks, city escapes, country weekends, mountain retreats, and more--this fun-packed guide offers an adventure you can experience in 36 to 72 hours. Highlighting the best short escapes from hubs across the globe, these trips cover more than 40 countries around the world. You'll also find 50 snackable top-10 lists--from the best places to go antiquing to the most relaxing spas to the top museums in the world--to add to your bucket list, along with first-person accounts from travelers who have scouted out each location.


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  1. I'm going to NYC/DC over spring break with my oldest and I'm looking forward to that! Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

  2. I want to do more trips with my kids. I can't imagine how they were able to narrow some of these trips down!

  3. Hi, I'm on the TLC book tour also (, and live on the east coast, and travel often as a family as well.

    Yorktown is about 3.5 hours away from DC, just for planning purposes, make sure the visit Jamestown (about 40 minutes away), great museum, Native American village, a fort (with soldiers, firearm demos, etc), and three tall ships reproductions you can go on. I would also recommend visiting George Washington Mt. Vernon - it's our favorite Presidential home and there's ton of stuff for the kids to do there (plan at least 4-6 hours). If you have boys, I'd plan at least 4 hours in the Air & Space Museum.
    Have fun.