Check It Out: Looking for travel trips? Library can help

Where will you leave your heart? The timeless classic "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" paints a romantic picture of the city by the bay.

Are you looking to get away for the Valentine's and President's Day weekend? Making spring break or summer vacation plans? The Newport Beach Public Library can guide you to a destination that may just capture your heart as well.

"Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways: The 300 Best Drives in the U.S.": National Geographic has published a great read for road-trip aficionados. The research staff navigated every mile of every recommended drive, providing expert tips, maps, places of interest along the route and color photographs. The drives vary from just a few miles to several hundred. Drives are sorted by region and then state, and all 50 states are represented.

"California's Best Trips": Staying within California? Take a look at this new book from Lonely Planet. This guide contains 35 road trips within the Golden State lasting anywhere from two days to a week. It also contains advice on planning the correct route for your road trip. For even more California trips, try these recent titles: "Frommer's 25 Great Drives in California" or "California Trips: 68 Themed Itineraries, 1147 Local Places To See," which also includes trips to Nevada and Mexico.

"22 Accessible Road Trips: Driving Vacations for Wheelers and Slow Walkers," by Candy B. Harrington: The newest travel book from accessibility travel expert Harrington provides detailed information on road trips in every region of the country for all ages, without the physical strain or the hard-to-find trail. The trips include major stops along the route, best times to visit, great eateries, festivals, quirks and alternate starting points.

"500 Places to See Before They Disappear": For those travelers who are environmentally or historically inclined, this Frommer's guide will take you to the world's more endangered locations. This guide deals with the potential demise of natural locales as well as man-made structures from ancient times to the present. The authors describe how they believe each site may "disappear."

"Frommer's EasyGuides": Frommer's has also recently released a new series of guidebooks called "EasyGuide to...," which are geared toward popular locations in the United States and around the world (London, Australia, Orlando, Washington D.C., to name a few). These guides are much smaller than the traditional guidebook, and the first page of each begins with a "best of" list including shows, restaurants, hotels, overlooked and authentic experiences, and family-friendly locations.

For those who may have run out of luggage space or cannot make it to the library, be sure to check out our digital collection of travel guides through our Overdrive service. You can find it under "Downloadable Library" when you look for "Books" on the library website.

Thinking of traveling internationally? Need a passport? The Newport Beach Public Library offers passport services for new applicants, by appointment only. Call our Passport Services office at (949) 717-3831 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Wherever you may find yourself traveling to this season, may a golden sun shine for you.

CHECK IT OUT is written by the staff of the Newport Beach Public Library. All titles may be reserved from home or office computers by accessing the catalog at For more information on the Central Library or any of the branches, please contact the Newport Beach Public Library at (949) 717-3800, option 2.

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