'Moon Handbooks: Cleveland'
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the most visited hall of fame in the world, according to the author. Housed in a pyramid-like building of glass and steel on the shores of Lake Erie, the museum displays costumes, instruments, personal items associated with famous rockers and various rock 'n' roll paraphernalia. Nearby excursions also are featured, including the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton; Ohio wineries (there are more than 100); and Amish country.
'Great Escapes: Chicago'
Countryman Press, $16.95
For those who want to get away from the big city, Karla Zimmerman offers 20 day trips and weekend getaways from Chicago (although Chicago also is represented with stops along Devon Avenue and in Pilsen, among others). She divides the book into four broad themes: eat, play, learn and chill. In Milwaukee, she recommends various brewery tours (such as Schlitz and Miller). Also in Milwaukee, the birdlike Milwaukee Art Museum has become an instant landmark. In addition to the museum's wings -- which open and close daily at noon -- the museum houses a permanent exhibit on Frank Lloyd Wright. And, of course, there are the always popular sausage races at Miller Park in which Frank the all-American hot dog, Bret the Bratwurst, Stosh the Polish hot dog, Guido the Italian sausage and Cinco the Chorizo compete against one another. The Indiana Dunes may be in the shadow of industrial smokestacks, but the area also boasts some 21 miles of beachfront as well as peat-filled bogs and bike paths. Other getaways include Indiana's Amish country (such as Shipshewana), Lincoln sites in Springfield and Starved Rock State Park.
'The Lake District'
Lonely Planet, $18.99
England's Lake District is irrevocably linked with William Wordsworth, and, to fans of the poet, it indeed is a sacred area. The famous Dove Cottage is there, his first home in the area, as is his childhood home, Wordsworth House, his birthplace in Cockermouth, his school in Hawkshead, the family home at Rydal Mount and his burial site, St. Oswald's Churchyard. And if that isn't enough, there also is the Wordsworth Museum & Art Gallery, which features life masks of both Wordsworth and John Keats. A definite bonus is the eight-page color insert that highlights the Lake District's outdoor activities, including descriptions of hiking, boating, climbing and cycling opportunities. Throughout the text are plenty of examples of walking and hiking itineraries.
'Film + Travel: North America, South
Museyon Guides, $15.95
It's always fun to see how your city appears on the big screen. In this entertaining guide, eight writers offer their cinematic take of movie locations: San Francisco, New York, the South, Mexico City, Puerto Rico, Canada, Argentina and Chile. Some of the sites are iconic (scenes from Steve McQueen's "Bullitt," for example) while others are not as well known. Director Julie Taymor shot inside Frida Kahlo's house for her bio-pic "Frida" in Mexico City. And then there's that ultimate chameleon of a country, Canada, which often on film pretends to be something that it is not: Alberta filled in for Wyoming in "Brokeback Mountain"; Winnipeg as 1950s-era New York in "Capote" and Toronto for Chicago in "Chicago." A fun guide for cinemaphiles.
'500 Things to Eat
Before It's Too Late'
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $19.95
From New England to the West Coast, authors Jane and Michael Stern have assembled a truly mouthwatering guide to 500 dishes and the best cheap places to eat them in the United States. Where to begin? In New England alone they recommend such regional specialties as clam chowder, lobster rolls, Indian pudding, johnnycakes (in Rhode Island the law dictates that these pancakes must be made with white cap flint corn, not sugar or flour) and whoopee pie (two pieces of chocolate cake with a creamy center). The South has many delicacies, including banana pudding. The Midwest has Italian beef, bratwurst and fish boils; the Southwest, chile relleno and green corn tamale; and in the West, coffee in Portland and Seattle and sourdough bread in the Bay area. Plenty of recipes too.
Resourceful Traveler is written by June Sawyers.