Vacations are important for our health, but can be bad for the health of our wallets. Why not let your Abilene Public Library help you plan a customized, Texas vacation that won't stress you or your bank account? We have lots of resources with many unique ideas for getting out of town and doing something completely different.
Of course, your library has all the general planning books like Mobil Travel Guide Texas and Frommer's Texas. These general guidebooks have plenty of information about the large, metropolitan areas, and somewhat less about the more unique, smaller towns like San Angelo and Abilene. Remember, however that these guidebooks are really meant for those travelers from outside Texas, and mostly hit the highlights.
The Texas Department of Transportation publishes some handy travel aids: the "Accommodations Guide" and the "2016 State Travel Guide." These handy guides have information about most Texas cities and towns of almost every size, and are available in our reference section, or we can tell you how to get a copy for yourself, free of charge.
If you have children, you'll want to see the "Exploring...with Children" travel series. Your library has Exploring Texas with Children and then individual books & eBooks on Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. This series is subtitled "A Guide for Family Activities' and it fills the bill, with kid-friendly advice on everything from places to stay and eat to historical locations and performing art venues.
Maybe Fido is your traveling companion...Traveling with Your Pet: the AAA Petbook is the pet owner's guide to more than 14,000 pet-friendly, AAA approved hotels and campgrounds across the United States and Canada.
If you'd like a different kind of vacation, you might want to look at Natural Wonders of Texas: A Guide to Parks, Preserves and Wild Places by Paul and Sunita Cooke. This guide is an outdoor lovers delight, with information about everything from the Padre Island National Seashore to the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute to the Big Thicket National Preserve. The book is divided into geographic areas, so whether you're looking for wonders close to home or further afield, this is a great guide.
Some other unique vacation opportunities can be explored through Ramble Texas: A Wanderer's Guide to the Offbeat, Overlooked, and Outrageous by Eric Peterson, Backroads & Byways of Texas: Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions by Amy K. Brown, or perhaps The Book Lover's Tour of Texas by Jessie Gunn Stephens. Add these titles to the great mapping and routing sites your library offers through our free Internet access, and planning a fun vacation at a reasonable cost becomes much less difficult! Drop by any Abilene Public Library, and find your own way to "Travel Texas" this summer.
Article Contributed by Janis C. Test, Information Services Manager at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library