The big picture
Is it possible to cover the entire country in one guidebook? Dorling Kindersley is up to the challenge in the first edition of USA Eyewitness Travel Guide, edited by Mary Sutherland. As any design-savvy traveler knows, DK's guides are masterful pieces of work, full of color photos, charts, diagrams and sidebars printed on lovely glossy paper. Though the descriptions of smaller cities may be limited, larger cities are given fairly detailed entries. The book is divided into regions, with an overview of the area's history and culture at the start of each chapter. Of particular interest and use to design fans are the in-depth discussions of major museums.