Campervans.com – A Year In Review

Campervans.com is having an overhaul and you will be able to see the live site in the next couple of weeks.  We have worked hard to add new countries as more options to have a roadtrip adventure.  We have also added more cities to start your campervan holiday from.

More images and more specifications to show what vehicles are available to rent.  There are interior photographs of campervans and day and night time layout pictures so you can match the layout to who will be travelling.

The range of suppliers has also increased and some have disappeared as we have very strict guidelines as to who we add to our choice of campervan hire suppliers.

The insurance options are fully explained and the terms and conditions are up to date too.  We have also extended the office hours and the number of reservation staff so the phones get answered quickly.  However at busy times the answerphone message still kicks in.

The online booking engine is fantastic. Comparing prices, vehicles, and added options is very easy.

Apollo Eurostar

Apollo campers in the USA

Our staff are fully trained to help you choose the right vehicle for you.

We welcome your photographs too.

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Campervans.com In my In-box: USA,Canada, New Zealand…

USA best beach:  Great overnight stopover.

Dr Beach has voted Florida’s Siesta Beach as the top beach in the USA.  It has the best beach safety, environmental protection and has adopted non-smoking policies.

It also has find white sand and is environmentally healthy.  If you want to visit in your rv then we would suggest checking out:

Siestakeysarasotavacation.com 

which has links to sites. I haven’t yet been to visit these, so check out independent reviews to help you make your choices.

http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/florida/siesta-key

Canada:

I also received a link to this exciting option to do on a road trip when you need a few days adrenalin rush.

not for the feint hearted!

Maybe on my next trip!

Of course, there is always a tamer option of the Calgary Stampede:

If you want to park up your rv while visiting the Stampede the check out http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/alberta/calgary

Know Before You Go:

This is a free service provided by the UK Government that highlights the political situation in countries around the world and assesses the risks for travellers.  Today I checked out the fire risk in Portugal.

“A forest fire has claimed the lives of a large number of people in the Pedrogão Grande area of central Portugal. Other smaller fires have also been reported elsewhere in the country due to high temperatures. Avoid travelling to the affected areas until the authorities confirm that it’s safe to do so. Take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas and report fires to the emergency services on 112. See Natural disasters

Portuguese Met Office.

New Zealand Short Day Walks

The Department of Conservation and Tourism New Zealand have combined to promote short day walks to best meet the needs of New Zealanders and visiting tourists.

One of the beauties of touring New Zealand in a campervan is being able to park up, have breakfast, pack a lunch and head off on a hike knowing that on your return you can sleep or cook up a fantastic meal as you have definitely earned it.

Many of the walks into the bush are well catered for but it would be just a great idea to have a guide to the short walks all in one place.

Watch this space for the announcement of the guide.

Short Walks in New Zealand – camp for the day in your campervan and head off for a good day’s walk.Wall

Day walks in New Zealand

Park up in a campervan, pack a snack and head off on a walk.

This site NewZealand.com

is packed with information to help you plan your road-trip around New Zealand.  We rent out campervans http://campervans.motorhomerepublic.com/new-zealand-special-offers.html

and cars: http://carhirez.com

Lonely Planet provided this information on how to put together a more sophisticated camera kit other than just a mobile phone:

Camera kit bodies such as Fujifilm’s X series and Sony’s Alpha are smaller bodies with interchangable lenses.

They suggest taking a wide-angle, telephoto and zoom lenses. But you may be able to capture most scenes with a fixed focal length lens (Prime) . They suggest a 50mm lens for general use and a 35 mm for landscapes, street scenes and architecture and a 85 mm for portaits.

Wildlife photography needs a 300mm or 600mm.

Keep a uv filter on your lens to protect it.

Take The Iceland Pledge…

http://www.inspiredbyiceland.com

Iceland is promoting responsible tourism.  Iceland has seen visitor numbers rise and promoting responsible tourism helps preserve the natural habitat that visitors go to Iceland to see.

We promote Iceland campervan and motorhome rental so are pleased to promote this too.  @campervans.com

Iceland campervan rental.

WE have taken the Iceland Pledge

Will you?

 

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Campervans.com In My Inbox Today: Scotland, Road Trips, Polar Bears, Grizzley Bears, Orcas….

Campervan and Motorhome rental Scotland

Add castles to your road trip around Scotland.

Visit Scotland posts regular updates on where to go and what to see in Scotland.

I toured Scotland in a campervan last year and was amazed at how empty it was even in the height of summer and also how welcoming everybody is.  We toured in the wilds of Scotland and stayed overnight in campsites and also took advantage of Scotland’s acceptance of free-camping.

A perfect mix of community and getting away from it all.

The official tourist site Visit Scotland  

has a great range of information to help us road-trippers plan a route to find the best of what Scotland has to offer.

Here’s a few driving tips for Scotland too:

Wanderlust Magazine published this great guide to 16 of the world’s best one-week road trips.

They are designed for cars but I have included them here as I like the routes!

USA RV rental road trip

USA Road_trip

You can read the full article here.

  • 1: Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway – USA
  • 2: Cape Tribulation – Australia
  • 3: Mae Hong Son Loop – Thailand
  • 4: The Romantic Road – Germany
  • 5: Parks Tour – Costa Rica
  • 6: Gaspésie Grand Tour – Canada
  • 7: Ruta 40 – Argentina
  • 8: Norwegian Coast – Norway
  • 9: The Coromandel Peninsula – New Zealand
  • 10: Central Hokkaido Route – Japan
  • 11: North Coast 500 – Scotland
  • 12: Wild Atlantic Way – Ireland
  • 13: Route 62 – South Africa
  • 14: The Ring Road – Iceland
  • 15: Skeleton Coast – Namibia
  • 16: The Pirate Route – Jamaica

Canada:

Every day I get emails from the Canadians about what to do and see in Canada.  Here is a brief selection of those that have landed in the last few days:

Kayak with Orca.  This is amazing!

Polar Bears?

Grizzley Bears?

 

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Campervans.com In My Inbox today South Africa,

Where to See the Total Eclipse in the USA.

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This from National Geographic:

WHERE SHOULD I BE FOR THE BEST SKY SHOW?

In August, the total eclipse will be visible from a 70-mile-wide corridor stretching about 2,500 miles diagonally from west to east. Depending on where along this pathway you are, the moon will cover the entire sun for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

The path begins in Oregon and crosses through portions of Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina before ending in South Carolina.

Where to rent an rv for the ecipse viewing: http://www.campervans.com/usa.html

Live Stream  of Eclipse from NASA

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-stream

South African Tourist Board sent me this little beauty:

Campervan and Motorhome rental in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique: http://www.campervans.com/southafrica.html

If you are following the Lions’ Tour of New Zealand then check out this latest weather forecast.  Take care all you Barmy Army!

New Zealand weather update for Lions’Tour Video

Portugal – A tour from the FT

Portugal has a really good website that can help you plan your road trip. https://www.visitportugal.com/en 

Campervan hire in Portugal http://www.campervans.com/portugal.html

Meanwhile in Canada

On a scale for 1-10 how beautiful this is to baby cubs BEAR playing <3Credit: @Jeff Molyneaux

Posted by Like if you love Animals on Friday, 9 June 2017

Sometimes you just happen to be in the right place at the right time. This clip came from one of our suppliers Fraserway Rentals http://www.campervans.com/canada.html 

They have a full range of campers from truck campers right the way through to the C class RV.  You can book any of these with great discounts on our website.  That’s the plug for us!

Finally…

We are updating our website www.campervans.com 

We are putting the finishing touches to the page and we hope to have it up and running shortly.  We have all new images of campervans, motorhomes, truck campers, hi-top and low-top campers as well as sleeper cars.  There is everything listed from cheap as chips to luxury with all the bells and whistles.  Watch this space .

PS

We need your feedback. Just let us know if there is any country where you are planning a road trip and would like some more info on.  Maybe just a link to the tourist boards.

 

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Route 66 book stores.

66 Bookshops on Route 66

66 Bookshops on Route 66

I t’s arguably the most famous road in the world. Route 66 – just saying those words makes you want to hit the road. But did you know there are many wonderful used bookshops along the way from Chicago to Los Angeles? We have plotted the ultimate bibliophile’s road trip where you can visit 66 bricks and mortar used bookshops – who all sell on the AbeBooks marketplace – while driving from the shores of Lake Michigan to the beaches of Santa Monica. We are talking about two thousand miles and hundreds of thousands of books. It’s a booklover’s paradise – and worth the trip for that alone. Some folks travel for culinary adventures, some travel for landmarks and museums, but bibliophiles travel for the finest in literary offerings. It’s called Bookstore Tourism, and yes – there’s a book about it.

The bookshops we’ve featured vary in size, and range from quintessential neighborhood used bookshops to specialists dedicated to subjects like children’s books, history, mysteries, architecture, theology, alternative religions and cooking. Get your motor running, head out on the highway and discover some amazing used and rare bookshops in America’s heartland.

“The people are in flight, and they come into 66 from the tributary side roads, from the wagon tracks and the rutted country roads. 66 is the mother road, the road of flight.” — John Steinbeck -The Grapes of Wrath

66 Bookshops on Route 66:

1. Howard’s Books – 2000 Maple Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Howard’s Books is the quintessential neighborhood used bookshop close to Northwestern University. If a book has been in the shop for more than a year it’s half price.

2. Amaranth Books – 828 Davis Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Just down the road from Howard’s, this shop also offers CDs and DVDs, and has been around for 20+ years.

3. The Book Den – 1043-B Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202
Small but packed with books. Literature, history, anthropology, women’s studies, books on tattoos and more.

Chicago Rare Book Center 703 Washington Street, Evanston, IL 60202

4. Chicago Rare Book Center – 703 Washington Street, Evanston, IL 60202
A treasure trove of collectable books. You’ll see amazing books priced in four and five figures.

5. The Armadillo’s Pillow – 6753 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60626
Expect the unexpected in this quirky shop. Lots of beautiful but highly uncommon books.

Bookworks 3444 N Clark, Chicago, IL 60657

6. Bookworks – 3444 N Clark, Chicago, IL 60657
A little bit of everything including rare recordings. Parking around the back.

The Route Itself

Route 66 no longer exists but you can still trace the route of the old road, most of which is still drivable. It crosses eight states, three time zones, and covers 2,448 miles (about 4,000 km). John Steinbeck described Route 66 as the “Mother Road” and that stuck as one of its many nicknames.

7. Gallery Bookstore – 923 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
Established in 1927, this general used bookshop offers a hefty dose of rare magazines and ephemera. Check out the specialist section for mystery, science fiction and horror.

8. Booklegger’s Used Books – 2907 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
Walk in and the shelves seem to go on and on. Used books galore from first editions to affordable paperbacks.

Booklegger’s Used Books 2907 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657

9. Round Table Books – 1826 S. Indiana Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616
Offers rare and collectable books, particularly in history, art, Arthurian history and literature, Napoleonic biography and poetry. Closed Sundays.

10. Powell’s Bookstores Chicago – 1501 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
It’s impossible to be in Chicago without visiting Powell’s in Hyde Park where you will find a vast array of scholarly books. They have another shop on the University of Illinois Chicago campus.

11. Hooked on History – 350 W. Kensington Road, #108, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
Established in 1988, the founding principle of this shop is to provide quality collectable history books at affordable prices. Lots of American history with a strong focus on military history

Bobzbay 419 North Main Street, Bloomington, IL 61701

12. Brain Snacks – 5239 Carpenter Street, Downers Grove, IL, 60515
Open on Fridays and also by appointment only. Since 1994, Brain Snacks has specialised in mystery, science fiction and fantasy, and romance.

Inspiring Steinbeck

John Steinbeck was inspired to write The Grapes of Wrath during a 1937 drive along Route 66. The book’s title was suggested by his wife, Carol, taken from the Battle Hymn of the Republic: “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.”

13. Bookhunters Books & Comics – 548 South Route 59, Naperville, IL 60563
Located in a busy shopping center, Bookhunters, which opened in 2012, combines comics and graphic novels with books on religion, theology, philosophy, literature and scholarly subjects.

14. Bobzbay – 419 North Main Street, Bloomington, IL 61701
Used books and quirky media, and lots of science fiction and fantasy. This shop is not dull and look out for the bright yellow Bobzbay van.

Dunaway Books 3111 South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63118

15. Novel Ideas – 480 E Main Street, Decatur, IL, 62523
From Bloomington, take a short detour to Decatur and see Novel Ideas where you will find more than 20,000 books in a shop that’s been open for over 25 years.

16. Prairie Archives – 522 East Adams Springfield, IL 62701
In business since 1973 and at this location since 1992. Approximately 250,000 books, documents, manuscripts, posters, prints, comics, collectables, magazines, postcards and more.

17. Books on the Square – 153 East Jackson, Virden, IL 62690
About 20 miles south of Springfield. They opened in 1993 and today it consists of three buildings full of used and collectable materials.

STL Books 100 W Jefferson Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122

18. The Sly Fox – 123 North Springfield Street, Virden, IL 62690
This independent bookshop specialises in children’s books, mysteries, books about Illinois, and books for reading groups.

19. Hammonds Antiques & Books – 1939 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118
This St. Louis shop has been around for 30 years. Lots of rare, used and out-of-print books plus a huge library of paper articles on subjects from the 1850s to 1960s.

20. Dunaway Books – 3111 South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63118
Housed in a former gallery, Dunaway Books caters for scholars, collectors and readers. Lots of small press titles and local literature.

ABC Books 2109-J N. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65803

Mark Twain National Forest

A possible detour is to visit the Mark Twain National Forest, which is south of the road between St. Louis and Springfield. It was established in 1939 and named after Missouri’s most famous son. The 350-mile Ozark Trail system winds through the forest.

Learn more

21. The Book House, Inc. – 7352 Manchester, Maplewood, St. Louis, MO 63143
This shop is housed in an old department store building in the historic business district of downtown Maplewood. You will find an eclectic mix of rare, out-of-print, new, and used books.

22. Patten Books – 10202 Manchester, Kirkwood, MO, 63122
Keith and Nancy Patten offer around 50,000 quality used books. Open Tuesday to Saturday in the suburbs of St. Louis.

23. STL Books – 100 W Jefferson Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122
A small community bookshop dedicated to reading and the literary arts in St. Louis. They specialise in high quality literature for adults and children.

Nixa Book Mark 409-2 Northview Road, Nixa, MO 65714

24. ABC Books – 2109-J N. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65803
Established in 1989, ABC offers more than 100,000 new and used books, including textbooks. Closed on Sundays.

25. Half Price Books of the Ozarks – 1950 S. Glenstone Avenue, Suite O, Springfield, MO 65804
New and used books covering romance, westerns, sci-fi, cookbooks, history, classics, horror and mysteries.

26. Hooked on Books – 2756 S Campbell Avenue, Springfield, MO 65807
Another one in Springfield. More than 100,000 used, rare and out-of-print gems. Located in the Village Shopping Center behind Andy’s Frozen Custard. They have another location in Ozark.

Gardner’s Used Books 4421 South Mingo Road, Tulsa, OK 74146

27. Nixa Book Mark – 409-2 Northview Road, Nixa, MO 65714
A small, friendly shop stocked with over 30,000 books but a strong focus on paperback fiction.

Ernest Hemingway’s Birthplace & Museum

In the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, you can visit Ernest Hemingway’s childhood home and a nearby museum which displays photographs, family artifacts, writings and memorabilia from the great man’s life.

Learn more

28. Sleepygirl’s Used Books – 516 N Main, Joplin, MO 64801
In business since 1999, Sleepygirl started out online but expanded to a physical shop in 2003 which was destroyed by a tornado in 2011. Like true survivors, they bounced back with a new shop.

29. Coffee Break Book Store – 322 Buss Lane, Pineville, MO 64856
Used books and a Cuppa Joe. A good place to spend a few hours after touring the nearby Pea Ridge National Military Park. Contains a separate children’s room.

Peace of Mind Bookstore 1401 E. 15th Street, Tulsa, OK, 74120

30. Gardner’s Used Books – 4421 South Mingo Road, Tulsa, OK 74146
Oklahoma’s largest used bookshop, Gardner’s has approximately 23,000 square feet of books, comics, DVDs, CDs/records, video games and collectables.

31. Oak Tree Books – 2812 East 15th Street, Tulsa, OK 74104
Lots of books about Oklahoma, the early days of the American West as well as plenty of first editions.

32. Peace of Mind Bookstore – 1401 E. 15th Street, Tulsa, OK, 74120
One of America’s largest collections of occult, New Age and metaphysical books. Also carries herbs, stones, crystals, incense, runes and tarot cards.

Archives Books Oxford Pointe, 1914 East 2nd Street, Edmond, OK

33. Rod’s Books & Relics – 10 E. 2nd Street, Sand Springs, OK 74063
A cosy little bookshop offering, children’s books, cookbooks, Western Americana, and science fiction and fantasy.

34. Archives Books – Oxford Pointe, 1914 East 2nd Street, Edmond, OK 73034
Established in 1989, Archives is a pioneer of online bookselling. Pop into their shop for a huge array of used book bargains.

35. Second Chance Books & Comics – 3909 North MacArthur, Warr Acres, OK 73122
The largest used bookshop in the Oklahoma City area (250,000 books) and a full service comic book shop, including Manga and graphic novels.

“If you ever plan to motor West, travel my way, take the highway that’s the best. Get your kicks on Route 66. It winds from Chicago to LA. More than 2,000 miles all the way. Get your kicks on Route 66.”

— Bobby Troup, whose 1946 song was first performed by Nat King Cole

36. Tome on the Range – 158 Bridge Street, Las Vegas, NM 87701
New books, modern first editions, children’s books, cookbooks, and mysteries from this picture-perfect small town shop in New Mexico’s Las Vegas.

37. Maya Jones Books – 500 N Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87010
A wide selection of general used and antiquarian books with a specialty in Latin Americana and Western Americana. Located at the Traveler’s Market inside the de Vargas Mall.

38. Gunstock Hill Books – 239 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Located close to the Georgia O’Keefe Museum on the historic Santa Fe Plaza, this is a boutique bookshop specialising in old, rare and collectable books.

39. Big Star Books – 329 Garfield Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
From the outside, this building looks like a storybook house but this small white and blue bookshop is filled with used books.

Second Chance Books & Comics 3909 North MacArthur, Warr Acres, OK 73122

Ernie Pyle House & Library

In Albuquerque, you can visit the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist’s house. Ernie Pyle was famed for his writing about small town America and his reporting from World War II where he died in combat.

Learn more

40. op.cit. books – 500 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Located in the Sanbusco Marketplace, op.cit carries new and used books, and modern first editions, and a great selection of remainders. Ideal for early risers, this place opens at 8am.

41. Under Charlie’s Covers – 160 South Camino Del Pueblo, Bernallilo, NM 87004
Forty minutes north of Albuquerque. Lara Harrison named this shop after her father, a journalist who always wanted to open a bookshop. Charlie’s dream never came true but his collection became the basis for Lara’s bookselling business.

42. Bonnie’s Books – 9311 4th Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87114
A small used bookshop with an interesting selection of children’s books.

Gunstock Hill Books 239 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

43. Page 1 Books (aka Page One Too) – 5850 Eubank Blvd. NE, Suite B41, Albuquerque, NM, 87111
Inside the Mountain Run Shopping Center, Page 1 Books is the largest independent bookshop in New Mexico, and offers new and used books.

44. Blue Eagle Metaphysical Emporium – 2422 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112
This bookshop specialises in alternative spiritualties, primarily Wicca and pre-Christian paths, as well as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism. They also offer books on astrology, alternative self-help and health.

45. Title Wave Books – 2318 Wisconsin Street, NE Albuquerque, NM 87110
Title Wave offers everything from literature to cooking, children’s books to political science – 100,000 books in 400 categories. Open Tuesday to Saturday.

Title Wave Books 2318 Wisconsin Street, NE Albuquerque, NM 87110

46. Don’s Book Store – 1013 San Mateo SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
This family-owned bookshop, which opened in 1970, offers more 200,000 paperbacks and hardcovers.

47. Pinon Tree Books – Antique Specialty Mall, 87106 Albuquerque, NM 87106
Located in an antique mall, Pinon Tree Books offers an outstanding selection of books on regional history.

48. Lifeways Books and Gifts – 111 South Cortez Street, Prescott, AZ 86303
A metaphysical and spiritual bookshop located on a busy little street between a burger joint and a clothing shop.

Don’s Book Store 1013 San Mateo SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

49. The Old Sage Bookshop – 110 S Montezuma Street # H, Prescott, AZ 86303
Quality used books and a wide selection of titles on the Southwest ranging from children’s books to natural history.

50. Book Nook (aka Star ‘N Space) – 324 W Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ 86301
A small bookshop next to a yoga studio.

51. The Book Shop – 134 N. Citrus Avenue, Covina, CA 91723
Twenty miles east of LA, Brad and Jen Johnson’s shop has more than 40,000 books covering topics from California and the west to literature, military history, cooking, children’s titles and science.

52. Cook Books (aka cookbookjj) – 1353 N. Hill Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91104
Janet Jarvits’ legendary shop contains more than 30,000 used, rare and out-of-print cookbooks. Chaotic but fascinating, this is a must-stop place for foodies.

53. Book Alley – 1252 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106
Founded in 1992, this is a general used bookshop (offering 50,000 books) with a large selection of art, architecture, and photography books.

54. Archives Bookshop – 509 E Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101
A theological bookshop that carries more than 75,000 new and used theological books covering religious studies, philosophy, theology and biblical studies.

55. The Battery Books & Music – 1005B Mission Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030
This shop offers a wide and eclectic selection of books and music plus clothing and jewelry from local artisans, and live music too. Spanish language books too.

56. Read Books – 4972 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
A small highly organised shop offering used books and new magazines. Also does events and has signed books and first editions.

57. Mystery and Imagination (aka Bookfellows Fine Books) – 238 North Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203
Owned by Malcolm and Christine Bell, this shop has offered books on mystery, detective, science fiction, fantasy and horror since 1975. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

The Old Sage Bookshop 110 S Montezuma Street # H, Prescott, AZ 86303

58. Alias Books East – 3163 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90039
Located in the heart of Atwater Village, Alias Books carries a wide variety of used books with an emphasis on literature, film and the arts.

59. Bookfinger – 620 Moulton Avenue #113, Los Angeles CA 90031
Located at The Brewery, an artists’ colony, in Lincoln Heights near Chinatown. Used and out-of-print art, photography and design books. Also LPs. Open Thursday to Saturday.

60. Counterpoint Records & Books – 5911 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Below the Hollywood sign. Books on the arts, literature, poetry, film, stage, and philosophy with a wide variety of other categories. Also lots of classical, jazz and rock records.

Book Alley 1252 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

61. Books on the Boulevard – 13551 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles CA 91423
This shop opened in 1995 and offers hard-to-find, out-of-print, used and rare books. Closed Sundays.

62. Mystery Pier Books – 8826 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood CA 90069
World famous and beautiful. This is where celebrities buy their rare books. Pop in and you might be rubbing shoulders with Johnny Depp. Signed, modern firsts, crime and mysteries.

63. Alias Books – 1650 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90025
Near UCLA, Alias Books has been a West LA fixture since 1959 – Alias Books East is its sister shop. Thousands of titles covering art, literature, academic and scholarly books.

Archives Bookshop 509 E Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101

64. Arcana: Books on the Arts – 8675 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
New, rare and out-of-print books on 20th century art, architecture, design, fashion, cinema and photography housed in a modern, sleek shop.

65. Sam: Johnson’s Bookshop – 12310 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90066
Located in a blue building for the past 30 years, this famous bookshop offers a wide selection of used books with plenty of history.

66. Hennessey + Ingalls – 214 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Founded in 1963 and dedicated to the visual arts, this shop is filled with used, rare and out-of-print books about art, architecture, design, fashion and photography.

Hennessy + Ingalls 214 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Things to do in Orlando, Florida. Orlando Itineraries

Orlando Itineraries:

Here is a good starter guide to help you plan your holiday in Orlando, Florida.

Check out these Special Offers and Discounts on RV Rental in Orlando, Florida too:Orlando RV Rental Special Offers and Discounts

Orlando is a destination for everyone. Whether you like outdoor adventures, arts and culture or luxurious spa treatments, you’re sure to find something that will make you smile. Take a peek at special Orlando itineraries created just for you.

Theme Park Enthusiasts
Culturalists
Luxury Lovers
Adventurers

Theme Park Enthusiasts
You are: A family with kids ages 2 to 12. You want to do the theme parks and find experiences that will fill your children with smiles, laughter and lifelong memories. You also want to get a little “me,” or “us” time if you’re a couple, in for visits as well.

Dine
At any our dinner shows. Here, the entire family can eat and have fun. Our dinner shows offer entertaining experiences that everyone – from kids to adults – will enjoy.
Our theme parks also offer dining experiences, such as character dining at Walt Disney World® Resort or Universal Orlando® Resort, where your children will get an opportunity to come up-close-and-personal with their favorite characters, fairytale princesses and more.
Do
You came here for the traditional Orlando vacation, which means theme parks and attractions. You’ll need a day for each theme park you decide to go to. But there are also many things to do in Orlando that the entire family will enjoy – such as the Orlando Science Center, which offers interactive experiences for kids of all ages and will satisfy the minds of inquisitive adults.

Orlando Theme Parks

 

Universal Studios Florida®

Universal Studios Florida®

  • 1000 Universal Studios Plaza
  • Orlando, FL 32819
  • (407) 363-8000
  • Location: Universal Orlando Resort & Int’l Drive North Area
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Universal's Islands of Adventure®

Universal’s Islands of Adventure®

  • 1000 Universal Studios Plaza
  • Orlando, FL 32819
  • (407) 363-8000
  • Location: Universal Orlando Resort & Int’l Drive North Area
  • Visit Website
LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida

  • One LEGOLAND Way
  • Winter Haven, FL 33884
  • (863) 595-2330
  • Location: Polk County
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Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

  • Post Office Box 10,000
  • Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
  • (407) 824-4321
  • Location: Walt Disney World Resort Area
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Magic Kingdom® Park

Magic Kingdom® Park

  • Post Office Box 10,000
  • Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
  • (407) 824-4321
  • Location: Walt Disney World Resort Area
  • Visit Website
Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove

  • 6000 Discovery Cove Way
  • Orlando, FL 32821
  • (407) 370-1280
  • Location: SeaWorld & International Drive South Area
  • Visit Website
SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando

  • 7007 SeaWorld Drive
  • Orlando, FL 32821
  • (407) 351-3600
  • Location: SeaWorld & International Drive South Area
  • Visit Website
Epcot®

Epcot®

  • Post Office Box 10,000
  • Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
  • (407) 824-4321
  • Location: Walt Disney World Resort Area
  • Visit Website
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

  • 3000 East Busch Boulevard
  • Tampa, FL 33612
  • (813) 987-5280
  • Location: West Coast Florida
  • Visit Website
Disney's Hollywood Studios®

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

  • Post Office Box 10,000
  • Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
  • (407) 824-4321
  • Location: Walt Disney World Resort Area
  • Visit Website

Try your hand at sports-themed complexes like Dave & Buster’s, where kids and adults can dine, play and win prizes.

Culturalists
You are: Fine wine, art exhibits, Broadway plays and a classical ballet series are some of your favorite things. You’ve come here to explore the theme parks, but you’d also like to experience the Orlando arts and culture scene. And maybe even see some local artists at work or catch a performance at a community theater. Orlando has all of the fun and exciting experiences as well as all of the performances and creativity you delight in.

Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
633 Osceola Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 647-6294
Location: Winter Park

Art & History Museums – Maitland
231 West Packwood Avenue
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 539-2181
Location: North Orlando Area/Seminole County

Bach Festival Society of Winter Park
1000 Holt Avenue – 2763
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 646-2182
Location: Winter Park

Baterbys Art Gallery
37 North Orange Avenue
Suite 500
Orlando, FL 32801
Toll Free: (888) 682-9995
Location: International Drive & Convention Center Area

Bay Street Players
109 N. Bay Street
Eustis, FL 32726
(352) 357-7777
Location: Lake County

Overview Discounts & Offers
Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
401 West Livingston Street
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 440-7900
Location: Downtown Area

Bright House Network’s Calle Orange – October 2013
In the Heart of Downtown Orlando
Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 381-5310
Location: Downtown Area

Bright House Network’s Fiesta Medina – April 10, 2011
400 Festival Way
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 381-5310
Location: Downtown Area

Broadway Across America Orlando
100 South Eola
Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 423-9999
Location: Downtown Area

Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum
656 Park Avenue North
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 628-8200
Location: Winter Park

Central Florida Ballet
3306 Maggie Boulevard
Suite B
Orlando, FL 32811
(407) 849-9948
Location: Downtown Area

Central Florida Community Arts
250 SW Ivanhoe Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 937-1800
Location: Downtown Area

CityArts Factory
29 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 648-7060
Location: Downtown Area

Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 646-2526
Location: Winter Park

CPL. Larry E. Smedley National Vietnam War Museum, Inc.
3400 North Tanner Road
Orlando, FL 32826
(407) 601-2864
Location: East Orlando/University of Central Florida Area

Crealde School of Art
600 St. Andrews Boulevard
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 671-1886
Location: North Orlando Area/Seminole County

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
455 South Orange Avenue
Suite 700
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 839-0119
Location: Downtown Area

Fiesta del Coqui at Central Florida Zoo – September 24-25, 2011
3755 NW US Highway 17-92
Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 323-4450
Location: Brevard/Indian River Counties

Florida International Piano Competition
611 North Wymore Road
Suite 209
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 645-2525
Location: Winter Park

Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra
812 East Rollins Street
Suite 300
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 999-7800
Location: Downtown Area

Florida’s Natural Growers Grove House Visitor Center
20160 U.S. Highway 27 North
Lake Wales, FL 33859
(863) 679-4110
Location: Polk County

Garden Theatre
160 West Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787
407-877-GRDN(4736)
Location: West Orlando

Hannibal Square Heritage Center
642 West New England Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 539-2680
Location: Winter Park

Harry P. Leu Gardens
1920 North Forest Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 246-2620
Location: Downtown Area

International Portfolio Gallery
800 Edgewater Dr.
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 423-4996
Location: Downtown Area

Jai Gallery

101 Garland Avenue
Suite 101
Orlando, FL 32800
(321) 216-1646
Location: Downtown Area

JESUS Film Project
100 Lake Hart Drive
Orlando, FL 32832
(407) 826-2300
Location: Orlando International Airport Area

Mad Cow Theatre
54 West Church Street
Suite 201 (Second Floor)
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 297-8788

Orange County Regional History Center and Heritage Square
65 East Central Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 836-8500
Location: Downtown Area

Orlando Ballet
415 East Princeton Street
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 426-1733
Location: Downtown Area

Orlando Gay Chorus
Post Office Box 3103
Orlando, FL 32802
(407) 841-7464
Location: Downtown Area

Orlando Museum of Art
2416 North Mills Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 896-4231
Location: Downtown Area

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
812 East Rollins Street
Suite 300
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 770-0071
Location: Downtown Area

Orlando Shakespeare Theater
812 East Rollins Street
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 447-1700
Location: Downtown Area

Orlando Wetlands Park
25155 Wheeler Road
Christmas, FL 32709
(407) 568-1706
Location: East Orlando/University of Central Florida Area

Osceola Center for the Arts
2411 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy
Kissimmee, FL 34744
(407) 846-6257
Location: Kissimmee/Osceola County

Our Body: The Universe Within
7220 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 226-7220
Location: Universal Orlando Resort & Int’l Drive North Area

Parliament House Footlight Theatre
410 N. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32805
(407) 425-7571
Location: Downtown Area

Red Chair Project
2450 Maitland Center Parkway
Suite 201
Maitland, FL 32751
(321) 422-0934
Location: North Orlando Area/Seminole County

Sak Comedy Lab
29 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 648-0001
Location: Downtown Area

The Center for Contemporary Dance
3580 Aloma Avenue
#7
Winter Park, FL 32792
(407) 695-8366
Location: Winter Park

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
445 North Park Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 645-5311
Location: Winter Park

The Melon Patch Players
311 North 13th Street
Leesburg, FL 34748
(352) 787-3013
Location: North Florida

The Mennello Museum of American Art
900 East Princeton Street
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 246-4278
Location: Downtown Area

The Winter Park Playhouse
711 North Orange Avenue
Suite C
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 645-0145
Location: Winter Park

Tupperware Brands Confidence Center
14901 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32837
(407) 826-8755
Location: Florida Mall Area

Viva La Musica – March 12, 19, 26 and April 2, 2011
SeaWorld Orlando
7007 SeaWorld Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 363-2259
Location: International Drive & Convention Center Area

Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center
203 South Magnolia Avenue
Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 321-8111
Location: Downtown Area

Winter Garden Heritage Foundation
101 South Boyd Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787
(407) 656-5544
Location: West Orlando

Winter Park History Museum
200 West New England Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 647-2330
Location: Winter Park

Discovery Center at Wycliffe Bible Translators

11221 John Wycliffe Boulevard

Orlando, FL 32832
(407) 852-3626
Location: Orlando International Airport Area

Yow Dance
P.O. Box 22632
Orlando, FL 32830
(407) 341-1734

Zulu Gallery (within CityArts Factory)
29 S. Orange Ave.
Suite A
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 849-9016
Location: Downtown Area

Downtown Winter Park has an enticing mix of luxury high-end restaurants and museums. You’ll delight in the quaint, brick-lined streets and the wine shop that dots the main thoroughfare of Park Avenue. International Drive also has fine dining and restaurants artsy enough to keep you coming back. You can also try dining at one of the bohemian and eclectic neighborhoods in Orlando, such as Thornton Park or The Milk District for unique, creative eateries. Our locally-sourced, organic restaurants are also top-notch, and are gaining national recognition.

Do
Downtown Orlando has the Orange County Regional History Center as well as many community theaters, underground lounges and live music venues that will appeal to your senses. Whether you’d like to take in a live local theatrical performance or a Broadway play, there’s something for every culturalist to enjoy. Loch Haven Park has more than half a dozen museums and historical institutions all within walking distance surrounding a small, quaint center square. Here, you will find the Orlando Science Center, The Mennello Museum of American Art, the Orlando Museum of Art, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and more. And if you have a foodie side, Orlando has food tours where you can take a peek into our past as a citrus industry mainstay or explore our many varieties of high-end and ethnic cuisine.

Luxury Lovers
You are: When you come to a destination, you want the best of everything. Whether its Orlando hotels and resorts, restaurants, concierge services or spas, you like to do it big, and demand perfection. You’ve worked hard, and love to luxuriate as well. You’ve come to Orlando as a couple, on a girlfriends’ getaway, or with kids, but one thing stands out – You want luxury.

Dine
Orlando is home to many 4-star restaurants as well as top-notch restaurants with celebrity names, such as Emeril’s and Todd English’s bluezoo. Our theme parks offer luxury dining experiences. In fact, Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World® Resort’s Grand Floridian hotel, is one of the most luxurious restaurants in the world, and tops many lists for best places to eat nationwide. The Venetian Room at The Caribe Royale Orlando resort is a true 4-diamond dining experience. Restaurant Row off Sand Lake Road near International Drive, has a satisfying mix of high-end restaurants offering every type of cuisine – from seasonal, to Hawaiian, to steaks and seafood.
Do
Sure, you’re here for the theme parks. But you want to get in your favorite luxury experiences as well. Orlando is home to world-class spas, such as some of the most distinctive golf courses in the U.S., the Waldorf Astoria® Spa, and designer shopping, such as The Mall at Millenia, where you’ll find Chanel, Tiffany & Co., and Nordstrom. Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park, often referred to as the “Rodeo Drive of the South”, has a great mix of high-end restaurants, boutiques and events like the annual art and jazz festivals and the Concours d’Elegance, which has some of the most highly-regarded luxury, exotic automobiles in the world.

Adventurers
You are: Excitement is your middle name. And no matter where you go, you like to test limits. As a matter of fact, you can call yourself an experienced daredevil. Or maybe you’re not, but you love the great outdoors and a good time always includes a moment with nature. Orlando offers unforgettable experiences just for you.
Stay
For your inner adventurer, try Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge for championship golf on the Palmer-designed course. The JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes offers one-on-one courses in fly fishing, while the Rosen Shingle Creek offers recreation such as golf, sand volleyball, nature trails and walking trails. Orlando also is home to pristine campgrounds such as Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground where you can really answer the call of the wild.
Dine
Black Hammock Adventures gives you a chance to dine out in the Florida wilderness while you sit just steps away from an alligator exhibit and have incredible views of the natural Florida. If you’re on the go, Wild Florida has a barbecue shack serving up tasty delights, all while you watch the grazing peacocks and sandhill cranes – all part of the pristine environment. Want gator meat? There are plenty of Orlando restaurants that offer it up – from high-end to casual. Just take your pick. If dining al fresco is your thing, venture into downtown Winter Park or Thornton Park, which offers plenty of options.
Do
Orlando has great outdoor adventures that will leave you with lasting memories of thrills or tranquil thoughts of beautiful scenery and wildlife. For those who like to push the limits, try a ziplining adventure, hang gliding, indoor surfing or even indoor skydiving. Take in Orlando’s natural beauty at one of our many parks and gardens. Whether you want to go camping, horseback riding or just stroll through rare, antique and exotic gardens, we have it all for you. Because we have hundreds of lakes, boat tours and fishing ventures are also popular. And we’re within an hour’s drive of some of the country’s most beautiful beaches and most renowned surfing spots.

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compact campers in the USA

A Jucy Rentals camper van.

On a budget or just want a smaller camper in the USA?  The Jucy camper may be the answer.  It is compact but you can sleep and cook in it.  Check out the prices on www.budgetcampervans.com or call me for a quote 0800 917 4347

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Route 66 in an rv

Check out this not-for-profit organization made up of volunteers who are dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Route 66.

http://www.oklahomaroute66.com/index.html

 

We serve as the non-governmental body that coordinates the statewide economic development, enhancement, improvement, preservation, and recognition of U.S. Route 66 in Oklahoma. In keeping with our mandate, we generate whatever finances and pressures we can to save Route 66 landmarks from decay or destruction.

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Alaska by road

Alaska by Car and RVDall sheep rams on Polychrome Pass

ALASKA BY ROAD

It’s not just the 20,320-foot tall Mount McKinley that makes Denali National Park and Preserve a top destination for Alaska visitors. The park is home to 37 species of mammals, ranging from lynx, marmots and Dall sheep to foxes and snowshoe hares. Make sure you bring your binoculars – 130 different bird species have been spotted in Denali, including the impressive golden eagle. Shuttle and tour buses run along a 90-mile gravel road inside Denali from late May to early September.

Southcentral’s Kenai Peninsula has been called “Alaska in miniature,” with rural areas connected by an extensive network of roads, offering plenty of opportunities to observe wildlife in its natural surroundings. The mouth of the Kenai River is a prime place to spot bald eagles, merlins and short-eared owls. Harbor sealsregularly pop up when the salmon are running, while beluga whales occasionally venture upriver. Even peregrine falcons and coyotes can sometimes be seen.

The viewing decks at Cooper Landing boat launch overlook the Kenai River, offering a chance to spot Dall sheep on the alpine meadows to the north and mountain goats on the more rugged and steeper slopes to the south. The alders and willows near the boat launch also draw songbirds including yellow-rumped, orange-crowned and Wilson’s warblers.

Homer sits at the western end of the U.S. road system, also on the Kenai Peninsula. While Bishop’s Beach in Homer is often thick with migrating shorebirds and waterfowl, visitors with a quick eye can also watch for the squirting jets of water from clams clearing their siphons as the tide recedes. Tidepools can hold jellyfish, sea anemone, plankton and tiny crabs.

Dall sheep rams on Polychrome Pass Guided tours around the state can take the guesswork out of tracking wildlife and get you straight to the hot spots.

One area that’s popular for tours is Exit Glacier, a viewing site in Kenai Fjords National Park outside of Seward. Along with Steller’s jays and black-billed magpies, the area is home to mountain goats, black bearsbrown bears and moose. Visitors may even spot snow buntings, horned larks, mountain goats, hoary marmots and iceworms, tiny nocturnal worms that live in the surface layers of glaciers.

While many of these viewing opportunities are easily accessible from the road, it helps to have the expertise of a guide to make sure you’re going to the right place at the right time. Whether you choose a guided kayak tour or a naturalist-led hike, guides can help ensure your wildlife viewing is maximized during what will surely be the experience of a lifetime.

TRAVEL WITHIN ALASKA: BY CAR RV MOTORHOME

 

Driving in Alaska allows you the freedom to explore the Last Frontier at your own pace. Scenic views of towering mountains and sparkling glaciers and waterways are abundant along Alaska’s highways, as well as up-close encounters with wildlife like sheep, eagles and moose — right from the road. Many popular destinations and visitor attractions in Alaska are primarily accessible by highway, including Denali National Park and Preserve, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and more.

Car and RV rentals are available in most Alaska cities. Services like gas, food, campsites and other lodging are plentiful along main highways. Many of these roadways are recognized for remarkable scenic, historical and cultural qualities by the National Scenic Byways program. Alaska also has two All-American Roads, the highest level of federal recognition available. The first is the Seward Highway, stretching from Anchorage to Seward in Southcentral Alaska. The second is the entire route of the Alaska Marine Highway System, the state ferry system and the only marine route in the National Scenic Byways program. The Alaska Marine Highway allows travelers to bring cars and RVs onboard for easy access to other port communities and regions.

There are a variety of resources for travelers who choose to see Alaska by road. The Milepost, a comprehensive, mile-by-mile guide to Alaska’s highways, includes maps and detailed information on services and attractions along the way. For updates on road conditions and public access restrictions, consult the State of Alaska Department of Transportation website athttp://511.alaska.gov.

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