For more than 30 years, Moon Handbooks have appealed to an eclectic group of travelers, from backpacking students to solo adventurers to families on vacation (and a budget). 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—and a few new stories to tell.
San Francisco resident Philip Goldsmith knows the best way to experience Napa and Sonoma, from buying fresh produce at Rutherford Gardens to enjoying a hot-air balloon ride over southern Sonoma. In Moon Napa & Sonoma, Goldsmith offers recommendations on the region's must-see attractions and activities, including swirling and sniffing lessons at Goosecross Cellars and a relaxing mud bath for two at the Lincoln Avenue Spa. Whether you're there for some serious wine-tasting or just a little R&R, Moon Napa & Sonoma gives you the tools you need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Journalist and Tennessee native Susanna Henighan Potter covers the best of Nashville and Memphis, from sampling Southern home-style cooking to exploring Graceland. Henighan includes unique trip ideas for a variety of travelers, such as Birthplace of the Blues and a Culinary Crusade. Including expert advice on road-tripping through the Tennessee Delta, getting a taste of plantation life at Belle Meade, and club-hopping on Beale street, Moon Nashville & Memphis gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Journalist Scott Smith brings detailed knowledge of his adopted home state to the table in Moon Nevada, with information on everything from Vegas' neon-studded attractions to the Native American petroglyphs of the Great Basin. Smith spotlights a great list of original travel strategies, including On the Treasure Trail, Nevada Outdoors, and Nevada's Past, and gives comprehensive coverage of recreation activities in Tahoe and serene nature retreats located just outside the hubbub of Sin City. From Reno's Bucket of Blood Saloon to Humboldt Valley's sprawling Black Rock Desert, Moon Nevada gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Massachusetts residents Michael Blanding and Alexandra Hall know the best way to experience New England—from fishing in Gloucester to visiting the shores of Acadia National Park. Blanding and Hall include unique trip ideas, such as History and Literature Tour, Experiencing Small Town New England, and South Coast Diversion. From strolls along the streets of New Bedford to a performance by the Boston Ballet, Moon New England gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Often misunderstood by outsiders, New Jersey has been coming back into the nation’s eye over the past few years. A native of the Garden State, Laura Kiniry guides travelers from the revitalized Newark, which boasts the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, to the colonial tea-burning town of Greenwich. In between is college hub of New Brunswick, which offers everything from fine dining to college pubs, the Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Museum, and Atlantic City’s famous casinos and boardwalk. Laura also offers unique trip strategies that allow visitors to explore their specific interests, such as an “Eight-Day Pop Culture Tour” and “Recreational New Jersey.” From canoeing in The Pinelands to screaming on the roller coasters at Six Flags Great Adventure, Moon New Jersey gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
New Mexico native Zora O’Neill gives you her insider's perspective on New Mexico, from museum-hopping in Santa Fe to visiting organic farms. Zora includes a variety of unique trip ideas, including Nuclear New Mexico and 14-Day Grand Tour. Packed with information on dining, transportation, and accommodations, Moon New Mexico has lots of options for a range of travel budgets. Complete with details on Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque, and more, Moon New Mexico gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
New Orleans native Laura Martone offers an insider's take on the Big Easy, from shopping on Magazine Street to listening to old-time jazz in Faubourg Marigny. Martone also includes a handful of fun trip itinerary ideas, including A Romantic Weekend, Mardi Gras, and Haunted New Orleans. With information on taking carriage rides through the French Quarter, visiting the Art District's museums, and bicycling in City Park, Moon New Orleans gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Traveler and author Sascha Zuger covers the best of New York State, from iconic metropolis New York City to rural, natural regions such as Madison County and the Finger Lakes. Zuger provides a variety of unique travel strategies for any kind of traveler, such as The Best of New York State, Three Weekend Getaways, and Culture Outside New York City. Including expert advice on dining and entertainment in all five boroughs of New York City as well as richly historical sights in central New York, Moon New York State gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Andrew Hempstead knows the best way to experience New Zealand, from kayaking through the Bay of Island to skiing in the Southern Alps. In this information-packed guide, Hempstead provides a variety of trip ideas to help travelers organize their itineraries, including Maori Culture and History and Tramping Through New Zealand. Complete with details on enjoying the land with children, fine-dining in Auckland, and rafting near Queenstown, Moon New Zealand gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Nicaragua expert Amber Dobrzensky teaches travelers how to best experience the wonders of this Central American destination, from hanging out on the Pacific beaches of San Juan del Sur and shopping for crafts in Masaya to partaking in the ever-evolving nightlife of Managua. Dobrzensky also offers detailed itinerary ideas, such as The 21-Day Best of Nicaragua, Hiking the Ring of Fire, and The Great Green North. Including experienced, firsthand advice on renting surf gear, studying Spanish, and strolling down the old colonial streets of Granada and Leòn, Moon Nicaragua gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Folklorist and oral historian Sarah Bryan offers her unique perspective on North Carolina, from beach-combing and bird-watching on the Outer Banks to exploring Appalachian culture along scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Sarah is the perfect tour guide to the Tar Heel State—using her background in regional folklore, she provides unique trip itineraries, including Folklife in North Carolina and North Carolina Oddities. From hiking to the “balds”—wildflower-dotted, ridge-top areas in the Smoky Mountains—to sampling delicious southern cooking from Mama Dip's kitchen in Chapel Hill, Moon North Carolina gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Northern California residents Heather C. Liston and Elizabeth Linhart Money cover the best that Northern California has to offer, from day hikes in awe-inspiring Yosemite Valley to rest and relaxation at the spas and vineyards of Wine Country. To help travelers plan their trip, Money and Liston also offer a number of unique itinerary ideas, such as as Winter Wonderland, Culinary Culture, and Driving the Coast—a 10-day tour down Northern California's winding, scenic coastline. With expert advice on finding the tastiest food in the Bay Area, exploring the Big Sur coast, and getting to Gold Country ghost towns—and now with expanded coverage of the many outdoor recreation opportunities available in the region—Moon Northern California gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Outdoorsman Andrew Hempstead offers an inside glimpse of the best of Nova Scotia, from taking a tour of Alexander Keith's Brewery to witnessing the world's highest tides at the funnel-shaped Bay of Fundy. In addition to tips on where to stay, eat, and recreate, Hempstead also suggests itineraries—such as Coastal Cruising, Artists and Artisans, and Family Road Trip—to help travelers make the most of their trip. Complete with details on hiking through national parks, joining in the fun at a ceilidh, and getting up close and personal with the world's rarest whales, Moon Nova Scotia gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.