As a follow-up to her hugely popular 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, travel writer Patricia Schultz narrows her focus (while not skimping on pages) in 1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die. This doorstop of a book offers access to big cities, small towns, mainstream attractions and offbeat oddities. Everything is here, from how to sample Southwest cuisine to experiencing a polar bear safari, in this comprehensive, well-written and superbly researched guide to the North American continent (though the section on Canada is considerably smaller). Along with the requisite practical information, Schultz offers thorough historical narrative and travel tips that reveal the best times to travel, how to avoid tourist traps and where to go for locals only information. The print and photos are small, but the breadth of travel ideas and experiences is gigantic. Even the most avid traveler would be well challenged to take advantage of such an ambitious itinerary before shuffling off this mortal coil. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't try!