Autumn travel. It combines beautiful color, cooling temperatures, and the relaxation afforded by the slowed-down pace of the final season of the year. These books on travel can help you design a fall trip that will remain memorable long after you’ve started looking forward to a winter vacation.

“Great Inn Getaways from Cleveland” (softcover, Gray & Co. Publishers, 242 pages, 2004, $14.95) and “Bed & Breakfast Getaways from Cleveland” (softcover, Gray & Co. Publishers, 256 pages, 2000, $14.95), both by Doris Larson. As companion volumes, the former offers 58 “distinctive inns and hotels” that allow travelers to “take a luxury trip close to home”; the latter shows readers how to “get away from it all without having to go very far.”

“Novel Destin-ations: Literary Landmarks from Jane Austen’s Bath to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West,” by Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon (hardcover, National Geographic, 358 pages, 2008, $25). The publisher calls it a guide to “traveling off the page” and asks readers to “follow in the footsteps of much-loved authors” to discover the locations that sparked the writers’ imaginations. Cool concept for book and history buffs.

“Road Food,” by Jane and Michael Stern (softcover, Broadway Books, 574 pages, 2008, $21.95). According to the book’s subtitle, the Sterns, authors of more than 40 food and travel books, provide readers with a “Coast-to-Coast Guide to 700 of the Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners” and more. Indeed — 200 new listings are included in the updated edition.

“Motor-cycling Across Ohio: A Guide,” by William Murphy (softcover, Arbutus Press, 2006, 278 pages, $17.99). “Bill Murphy rides again,” the publisher announces. The author of “Motorcycling Across Michigan” heads south to the Buckeye State and finds a lot to look at from the seat of his cycle. The book includes 23 mapped routes crisscrossing the state.

“1,000 Places To See Before You Die, In the USA and Canada,” by Patricia Schultz (softcover, Workman Publishing Co., 2007, 1,184 pages, $19.95). The author of best-seller “1,000 Places to See Before You Die”— the world edition — stays on her home continent for this volume. Still, there are enough destinations to make it “a traveler’s life list,” notes the publisher — including the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, and the islands of Lake Erie.

About The Author

Gary Brown

Gary Brown has written articles and columns for About periodically since the publication’s inception, including pieces on books, recreational sports and historical subjects. A columnist and staff writer for The Repository, Brown enjoys such outdoor pursuits as golfing, sailing, skiing, biking and hiking. An avid student of the arts, he also uses those activities to inspire watercolor paintings.

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