Item description for The Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encyclop 4th Edition by Michael Dougherty...
Inside this book you ll find: 114 maps, 52 maps of towns and cities, Over 2.000 restaurants, Over 700 motels, Over 350 public campgrounds, More than 250 private campgrounds, More than 350 public campgrounds, 96 Forest Service cabins, Over 200 guest ranches and resorts, Over 200 bed and breakfasts, Over 250 vacation homes and cabins, Over 450 outfitters and guides, 130 Airports, More than 225 fishing sites, Over 160 Lewis and Clark points of interest, 71 public golf courses, Over 300 museums and historical sites, More than 25 Hot springs, Over 300 Hikes, Over 65 scenic drives and sidetrips, More than 50 ghost towns, Over 100 cross-country ski trails, 31 downhill ski areas, Over 650 Gas stops, More than 400 attractions, More than 1,000 photographs, Weather information for over 40 locations, Information on over 300 cities and towns, Thousands of things to do, Thousands of addresses and phone numbers! You could buy dozens of guidebooks and still not have as much information as is in the Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encyclopedia!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.6" Width: 8.5" Height: 1.1" Weight: 2.8 lbs.
Release Date Aug 15, 2007
Publisher Riverbend Publishing
ISBN 1931832838 ISBN13 9781931832830
Availability 0 units.
More About Michael Dougherty
Michael Dougherty has an academic affiliation as follows - Ohio Dominican University.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encyclop 4th Edition?
Wonderful book for planning your first trip to Montana! Jul 4, 2008
This is a great book for someone like me --- I have never been to Montana. I'm leaving the end of August 08 -- and this book has been so informative and helpful. It has given me so many tips and recommendations. If you've made numerous trips to Montana, it may be repetitive. But, again if you're planning a trip there for the first time, then it's a MUST read!
Not as advertised -- poor, poor quality Mar 4, 2008
Very different from product description! poor quality black and white photos with real estate agents being featured as part of attractions in local areas. The book should be free. It is mostly poorly done advertising. Unusable for announced purpose -- guide to Montana. Jumbled, unorganized, poorly written, and evenly more poorly proofread. I am returning the book even though I hate to pay the return shipping for such a falsely represented product.
ultimate montana atlas Apr 12, 2007
My wife and I live in Montana and love to explore the small towns and out of the way places here. This book has been a great help in our trips and explorations. We particularly enjoy the historical explanations related to the various areas, as well as appropriate recommendations regarding sights to see, restaurants, outdoor activities, road quality and more. There are very good sections about Glacier and Yellowstone that are helpful in planning a visit to these wonderful parks. If you are going to visit Montana, I would recommend you pick this book up before your visit.
A remarkable resource Apr 11, 2007
This book is a wonderful resourse for anyone visiting, touring, or considering re-locating to Montana. It is conveniently divided into geographic sections and provides lodging, restaurants, attractions, hiking trails, campsites, weather, driving distance, you name it...it's in this book. There are photos of almost every place mentioned. It's a real must for anyone taking a leisurly tour of Montana. I highly recommend this atlas.
The all-in-one, Everything, Super Pages of Montana Vacation and Travel Apr 5, 2007
If you actually own a copy of this book, you have to laugh at the critical reviews below. They were obviously written by people who have never even opened the book, let alone actually own a copy. Maybe other publishers can't compete with this guide, so they bash it instead. I read those and just had to have a say. I have a third copy of the book and am getting a fourth because I use them to death. If there was a better guide, I would buy it. But I would have to buy ten or more of the other guides in print to get everything that I find in this one volume. Plus there's stuff this book has that no one else covers.
Glorified yellow pages?? If that's what you call a complete, east to west, north to south directory of every travel and vacation related subject. I'm not sure why that's a bad thing. I like the fact that the publisher lists every place to sleep in the state. The only places I found missing were places that opened after my edition of the book was published. I like the fact that they list every single eating spot, from gourmet, $50/plate bistros, to the nearest fast food spot. Every other guide I've found on the state handpicks a few upscale places and tries to convince us that they are the only place to eat or sleep. I want to know all my choices, I want to know how to find them, and I don't want the author injecting their snooty opinion into who gets in and who doesn't. Show me everything and let me decide.
Besides listing every hotel, if you'd rather sleep somewhere "different", they list hundreds of bed and breakfasts, hundreds of vacation homes and cabins, hundreds of guest ranches and resorts, and every public and private campground in the state. If you're carrying your shelter with you, there's not a legal place to pitch a tent or park an RV they missed... except maybe the Wal-Mart parking lots. The book is worth the price alone just for the campground listings. And this is the only book I've found that lists all of the Forest Service cabins. I wrote the Forest Service for info on the cabins and they sent me exactly what is in this book. These cabins are the best-kept secret in Montana, and a great experience. Every other guide book on Montana either gives them only passing mention, or ignores them completely.
There are well over a hundred maps in this guide (which works out to a map every 5 pages or so), with maps for towns so small you wonder why they bothered to make one. In the Glacier Park area, I counted over 20 maps. There are maps of the park itself and several trail maps. And the section on Yellowstone Park is just as comprehensive with lots of maps.
Need stuff to plan your day's activities? If you can't plan out of this guide, then nothing is going to help you. I've been using one edition or the other of this guide to plan my trips, and I've only found one thing that the author missed in the first edition. They added it in the second edition. I actually consider it a challenge, while exploring the state, to find something worth slowing down for that these authors left out. If the authors are at fault for anything, it is for giving away all the secret attractions in the state that only the locals knew about before. While the other guide books focus on the tourist-heavy western part of the state, the Ultimate people give every square inch of the state equal attention. They tell you about every ghost town, hot springs and roadside curiosity there is. The way the book is organized, once you find where you are on the map, you will know what there is immediately around you, whether it's food, lodging, attractions, history of the area, historical sites, etc. There are so many hikes and scenic drives in here it would take years to do them all.
There is advertising in the book. Thank goodness for that. The advertisers allow this book to be such a great value. Logically a book with five times as much content and information should sell for five times what the other guide books sell for. In fact, it sells for the same price give or take a dollar. Clearly the advertising makes that possible.
I think the choice is clear. You can get this guide and be done with it. Everything you need is in here, everything. Or you can load up on all the other incomplete guides and spend more time digging through them for barebones information and spend more time finding what you need than you actually spend on your trip. Choose wisely.