About Moon Travel Guides

Founded in 1973, Moon was one of the first advocates of independent travel. Moon started with guides to Asia and has become the premier publisher of guides to the Americas. Our authors are experts who have a passion for their destinations—they are women and men who are politically and culturally minded, informative, adventurous, inspiring, and have great stories to tell. They experience activities and destinations the same way our readers do—firsthand—making it possible for Moon to deliver up-to-date, reliable, and entertaining information.

All recommendations, including those for sights, activities, hotels, and restaurants, and shops, are based on each author’s individual judgment. We do not accept payment for inclusion in our travel guides, and our authors don’t accept free goods or services in exchange for positive coverage.

Moon authors frequently revisit all of the places they cover to keep our travel guides current. Inevitably, some of the details may change: Businesses will open or close, and prices can go up (or down). If you see anything that needs to be updated, clarified, or corrected, drop us a line at feedback@moon.com.

Although every effort was made to ensure that the information was correct at the time of going to press, the author and publisher do not assume and hereby disclaim any liability to any party for any loss or damage caused by errors, omissions, or any potential travel disruption due to labor or financial difficulty, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause.

Moon books include Moon Handbooks, Moon Metro, Moon Outdoors, Moon Living Abroad, Moon Spotlight, and Road Trip USA.

Based in Berkeley, California, Moon is published by Avalon Travel, a member of the Perseus Books Group.


Moon Handbooks

Moon Handbooks make independent travel and outdoor exploration fun and accessible. With expert writers delivering a mix of honest insight, first-rate strategic advice, and an essential dose of humor, Moon Handbooks ensure that travelers have an uncommon and entirely satisfying experience. Moon Handbooks not only guide, they inspire.

Moon Metro

Moon Metro covers major cities throughout the world, taking travel to a new level with its innovative fusion of easy-to-use laminated fold-out maps and insider advice. Moon Metro divides a city up by neighborhood, allowing travelers to quickly get a sense of their surroundings and find the hottest spots to eat, sleep, shop, and explore.

Moon Outdoors

Moon Outdoors guidebooks (formerly Foghorn Outdoors) provide adventure travelers, day hikers, cross-country RV campers, and weekend campers with well-researched information, trusted advice, insider tips, and all of the necessary tools to head outdoors. Experts on recreation and adventure, Moon Outdoors authors make camping, hiking, biking, fishing, and RV camping a cinch.

Moon Living Abroad

Many people fantasize about living in another country, and these guides show how to make the dream take shape. With authors who have made the move themselves, the Moon Living Abroad series provides empowering information on the practicalities of relocating and the realities that one faces upon arrival—letting readers know that there’s a place that matches their budget, needs, and dreams.

Moon Spotlight

Moon Spotlight guides are affordably-priced, lightweight guides covering smaller geographic regions than the Moon Handbooks or Outdoors guidebooks series. The travel content in Spotlight guides is pulled directly from individual chapters of larger Handbooks or Outdoors guides, with no introductory information (such as When to Go or Planning Your Trip), no indexes, and fewer pages. The results are focused, compact guides to popular destinations, providing travelers with what they need to explore a specific locale in-depth.

Road Trip USA

With full coverage of more than 35,000 miles of classic blacktop, Road Trip USA will take you off the beaten path and into the heart of America. You’ll find cross-country routes and road-tested advice for adventurers who want to see the parts of America that the interstates have left behind. Author Jamie Jensen includes mile-by-mile highlights celebrating major cities, obscure towns, popular attractions, roadside curiosities (if you’re looking for the world’s largest jackalope, you’re in luck), local lore, and oddball trivia.