For those who prefer to conclude an excursion outdoors by returning indoors, America’s Best Day Hikes: Spectacular Single-Day Hikes Across the States (Countryman, $29.95) is an essential resource. Derek Dellinger spent over a year investigating and exploring national and state parks to highlight fifty of the best one-day hikes across the United States, none of which require camping, all of which are memorable in their own way. Organized by region, these wilderness destinations make exciting and convenient additions to existing travel plans. Better yet, the hikes are complemented by Dellinger’s gorgeous photography as well as thoroughly researched logistical information, from difficulty to dog friendliness to planning and packing suggestions. With this guide, a worthy addition to any nature-lover’s collection, readers will be ready to embark on spectacular single-day adventures for years to come.
Patricia Schultz certainly does not disappoint with the newest edition of this now classic and ultimate travel guide. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: The World As You’ve Never Seen it Before (Artisan, $50) has been expanded to coffee-table size, making it even easier for travel lovers to flip through the pages pondering their next adventure and admiring the magnificent photographs that accompany each location. Fans of the first two editions will be thrilled with the updates and newcomers will appreciate how Schultz efficiently and expertly breaks down the world by region, with her more than thirty years of travel-writing experience. This collection makes a wonderful conversation piece during holiday get-togethers and can be a fantastic activity for families to discuss where they have been or dream of going.
Michelle Lopez is the über creative baking force behind the food blog Hummingbird High (inspired by the high altitude baking she did after moving to Colorado) and debut author of Weeknight Baking: Recipes To Fit Your Schedule (Simon & Schuster, $35). A self-proclaimed food science fan, world traveler, and photographer, Lopez worked a tech job for many years before realizing that baking was her true calling. She has channeled her well-practiced pastry skills into a joyful recipe book that will have people whipping up apple pie on a Wednesday night! Her straightforward instructions clearly outline active prep, baking, and decorating times as well as suggesting alternatives for ingredients you may not have on hand. Beautifully curated photographs of classic yellow cake with creamy chocolate frosting and chunky black-and-white shortbread inspired by Oreo cookies will have your Great British Baking Show fantasies feeling within reach.