This world is full of wonders. Lonely Planet has compiled a list of 1000 of them for you to put on your bucket list and organized them thematically.
Title: Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Sights
Editor/Author: Lonely Planet, Andrew Bain, Kayla Ryan, Nigel Wallis, Rachel Williams, Ben Handicott, Belinda Dixon, Carolyn Bain, Nana Luckham, Tim Richards, Sarah Baxter, Bridget Blair, Paul Bloomfield, Rose Mulready, Abigail Hole, Andy Murdock
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Lonely Planet
Available on Amazon in paperback.
Summary of Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Sights
From natural wonders to historical sites, Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Sights is a compendium of sights to see around the world.
What Worked for Me
From the Table of Contents, it is easy to find the types of sights you might be interested in seeing. Those that I think a Genre Traveler would be interested are:
- Most Fairytale-Like European Castles (pp. 14-17)
- Devils Tower, Wyoming (pp. 30-31), from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
- Flashiest Lighthouses (pp. 40-41)
- Baker Street, England (p. 50), from Sherlock Holmes
- Most Intriguing Lost Cities (pp. 56-59)
- Most Mysterious Sights (pp. 66-69)
- Sights from British Childhood Literature (pp. 134-15), including Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter
- Most Fascinating Corpses (pp. 150-153)
- Best Prehistoric Cave Paintings (pp. 178-179)
- Best Dinosaur Digs (pp. 194-197)
- Medieval Sights (pp. 220-223)
- Greatest Bookshops (pp. 228-229)
- Most Surreal Ghost Towns (pp. 278-281)
- Greatest Viking Sights (pp. 308-311)
- Spookiest Buildings (pp. 338-339)
- Sights Most Featured in the Movies (pp. 346-349)
Each entry gives you a concise explanation of what it is and why you might want to see it.
What Didn’t Work for Me
This is really an encyclopedia more than a travel guide. Because it is cover so much territory, you don’t really learn much about any particular spot. I think this works better as a library resource or, even better, an online database.
If you like collecting encyclopedias, then this might be a good one to add to your collection. Otherwise, I just don’t think its worth purchasing. You can get much of this information online.
Score for Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Sights
NOTE: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If you’ve read past book reviews, you’ll know that I don’t pull my punches when I believe they are warranted. I also try to provide balanced information so you can make your own decision to read or not read the book, even if you disagree with my opinion.