Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Pictorial Reference Books - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Travel Pictorial Reference Books. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Accidentally Wes Anderson

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Pictorial Reference Books - August 2021

THE  NEW YORK TIMES  BESTSELLER A visual adventure of Wes Anderson proportions, authorized by the legendary filmmaker himself: stunning photographs of real-life places that seem plucked from the just-so world of his films, presented with fascinating human stories behind each façade.   Accidentally Wes Anderson began as a personal travel bucket list, a catalog of visually striking and historically unique destinations that capture the imagined worlds of Wes Anderson.   Now, inspired by a community of more than one million Adventurers, Accidentally Wes Anderson tells the stories behind more than 200 of the most beautiful, idiosyncratic, and interesting places on Earth. This book, authorized by Wes Anderson himself, travels to every continent and into your own backyard to identify quirky landmarks and undiscovered gems: places you may have passed by, some you always wanted to explore, and many you never knew existed.   Fueled by a vision for distinctive design, stunning photography, and unexpected narratives, Accidentally Wes Anderson is a passport to inspiration and adventure. Perfect for modern travelers and fans of Wes Anderson's distinctive aesthetic, this is an invitation to look at your world through a different lens.

  • Author: Wally Koval
  • Publisher: Voracious (October 20, 2020)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-0316492737
  • Dimensions: 7.65 x 1.4 x 9.35 inches


2. Humans

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Pictorial Reference Books - August 2021

The Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller "Just when we need it, Humans reminds us what it means to be human . . . one of the most influential art projects of the decade.” ― Washington Post Brandon Stanton’s new book, Humans ―his most moving and compelling book to date―shows us the world. Brandon Stanton created Humans of New York in 2010. What began as a photographic census of life in New York City, soon evolved into a storytelling phenomenon. A global audience of millions began following HONY daily. Over the next several years, Stanton broadened his lens to include people from across the world. Traveling to more than forty countries, he conducted interviews across continents, borders, and language barriers. Humans is the definitive catalogue of these travels. The faces and locations will vary from page to page, but the stories will feel deeply familiar. Told with candor and intimacy, Humans will resonate with readers across the globe―providing a portrait of our shared experience.

  • Author: Brandon Stanton
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (October 6, 2020)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1250114297
  • Dimensions: 8.37 x 1.33 x 10.19 inches


3. Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World's Most Amazing Places

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Pictorial Reference Books - August 2021

NatGeo takes you on a photographic tour of the world's most spectacular destinations, inspiring tangible ideas for your next trip. Travel to hundreds of the most breathtaking locales-both natural and man-made-illustrated with vivid images taken by the organization's world-class photographers. These images, coupled with evocative text, feature a plethora of visual wonders: ancient monoliths, scenic islands, stunning artwork, electric cityscapes, white-sand seashores, rain forests, ancient cobbled streets, and both classic and innovative architecture. Loaded with hard service information for each location, Destinations of a Lifetime has it all: when to go, where to eat, where to stay, and what to do to ensure the most enriching and authentic experience.

  • Author: National Geographic
  • Publisher: National Geographic; Illustrated edition (October 27, 2015)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-1426215643
  • Dimensions: 9.48 x 1.1 x 12.27 inches


4. Acadia: The Complete Guide: Acadia National Park & Mount Desert Island (Color Travel Guide)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Pictorial Reference Books - August 2021

Acadia National Park is the most beautiful destination in Maine. This gorgeous, full-color travel guidebook reveals the highlights and hidden gems of both Acadia and Mount Desert Island. The bestselling Acadia guidebook for over a decade! 5% of profits donated to Friends of Acadia! Over 100 five-star reviews for previous editions! Whatever your interests―hiking to the top of Cadillac Mountain , dining on fresh lobster in Bar Harbor , sailing past historic lighthouses ― Acadia: The Complete Guide puts the best of Acadia at your fingertips. Beautiful color photos showcase the park's best destinations. Fascinating chapters on Geology , History and Wildlife reveal the story behind the scenery. Detailed maps make travel planning easy. Written and photographed by Maine native James Kaiser, Acadia: The Complete Guide is the only guide you'll need.

  • Author: James Kaiser
  • Publisher: Destination Press; 5th edition (March 28, 2018)
  • Genre: Travel, United States
  • ISBN: 978-1940754314
  • Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches


5. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die (Deluxe Edition): The World as You've Never Seen It Before

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Pictorial Reference Books - August 2021

Named a Best Gift Book/Best Travel Book of the Year by the New York Times , Entertainment Weekly , Associated Press, House Beautiful, Business Insider, The Daily Beast, Forbes, Fodor’s, The Points Guy, Seattle Times , and more “This is the comfort food of travel books. . . . This book will sweep you off your feet.” — New York Times Book Review   “Gorgeous . . . breathtaking . . . spectacular.” — Publishers Weekly Patricia Schultz curates the world. When she published the original 1,000 Places to See Before You Die , she created not only a new kind of travel book but also a new way of thinking about our experiences and interests.   Now Schultz captivates our hearts in the same compelling way her original book spoke to our minds. Moving from eloquent word to breathtaking image, she takes us on a visual journey of the best the world has to offer, and as we turn the pages and pore over these images, we feel it all: joy, curiosity, awe, passion, nostalgia (if we’ve been there), inspiration (because we want to go), and a profound and transforming sense of how lucky we are to live in a world filled with such beauty and wonder—to see tributaries of mist curling over the Great Wall, elephants grazing on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, the sun setting on the wild coast of Donegal, masked whirling dancers at a festival in Bhutan.   The book itself is a thing of beauty, an oversize feast of more than 1,000 all-new photographs and 544 pages, every spread and page designed to showcase these mesmerizing photographs and hold just enough of Schultz’s lively text that we know why it is we’re looking at them. It is a perfect gift for every traveler, every fan of the original, every dreamer whose Instagram feed is filled with pictures of places near and far.

  • Author: Patricia Schultz
  • Publisher: Artisan; Illustrated edition (October 29, 2019)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1579657888
  • Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.5 x 13 inches


6. Escape

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Pictorial Reference Books - August 2021

Gray Malin’s collection of incredible beach photography was a runaway hit. Now the it-photographer takes his astonishing photography beyond the beach. Collecting breathtaking images, journal entries, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, Escape explores Gray Malin’s enduring drive to capture life’s joyful moments. These awe-inspiring images of exotic locales from around the world are a celebration of light, shadow, and absolute bliss. Whether trained on the snowy mountains of Aspen, the dry plains of Namibia, or the warm sun of Bora Bora, Malin’s sharp eye highlights the exuberant colors and striking forms that make each location so unique. Featuring more than 22 destinations across 11 countries, the book also includes highlights from Malin’s conceptual photography, offer­ing a comprehensive look at the photographer’s desire to showcase the beauty he sees in the world. From remote islands to major cities, Escape captures the spirit of dozens of unbelievable vacation spots—and will inspire every lover of travel and exploration to plan an escape of their own.

  • Author: Gray Malin
  • Publisher: Abrams (October 3, 2017)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1419727597
  • Dimensions: 13 x 1.13 x 10 inches


7. The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World (Lonely Planet)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Pictorial Reference Books - August 2021

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Take a journey through every country in the world. 850 images. 230 countries. One complete picture. With details of every United Nations-approved country in the world, and a few more principalities and dependencies besides, Lonely Planet's Travel Book is the ultimate introduction to a world of travel and the essential travel reference book for every household! Each country is profiled by Lonely Planet's expert authors and features details of when to visit, what to see and do, and how to learn more about the country's culture from its film, music, food and drink. Every entry has a map and statistics about the country. All brand new, incredible photography illustrates each country, depicting what life is like in each nation from photographic portraits of people, beautiful landscape photographs and vibrant street photography. About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, gift and lifestyle books and stationery, as well as an award-winning website, magazines, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in. Important Notice: The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.

  • Author: Lonely Planet
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 3rd edition (October 1, 2016)
  • Genre: Travel, Reference


8. Journeys of a Lifetime, Second Edition: 500 of the World's Greatest Trips

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Pictorial Reference Books - August 2021

Featuring 120 new destinations, this best-selling inspirational travel guide reveals 500 celebrated and lesser-known destinations around the globe, from ocean cruises in Antarctica to horse treks in the Andes. Completely revised and updated for its 10th anniversary. Compiled from the favorite trips of National Geographic's legendary travel writers, this fully updated, 10th anniversary edition of Journeys of a Lifetime spans the globe to highlight the best of the world's most celebrated and lesser-known sojourns. Offering a diverse array of possibilities, every continent and possible form of transport is covered, illustrated with glorious color photographs. With 16 new pages; new destinations like Cartegena, Colombia; and updated information throughout, this timely new edition is the perfect resource for travelers who crave adventurous trips--from trekking the heights of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to mountain biking in Transylvania--and those searching for more specific experiences (the world's top small cruises, hot new museums around the world, secrets for following in the footsteps of film and TV heroes, and more). Each chapter features stunning photography, full-color maps, and practical tips, including how to get there, when to visit, and how to make the most of your journey. Informative and inspiring, this luxurious volume is a lifelong resource that readers will treasure for years to come.

  • Author: National Geographic
  • Publisher: National Geographic; 2nd edition (October 23, 2018)
  • Genre: Travel, Reference
  • ISBN: 978-1426219733
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.37 x 12.18 inches


9. Life on Route 66: Personal Accounts Along the Mother Road to California

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Pictorial Reference Books - August 2021

A celebration of America’s most historic highway, in words and pictures.   Winding through the rugged heartland of the American West, Route 66 has resonated for generations in hardscrabble tales of hopeful seekers of new homes and new lives. It also inspired Alan and Claudia Heller, longtime residents of Duarte, a California town along Route 66, to hitch their trailer to a retirement dream and travel the road again, journeying through their home state and back to Chicago.   They collected stories of the iconic highway, and what it means to the people who live along its way, for a series in the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group. This collection retraces their journey and introduces us to some of the people and places that make Route 66 truly historic.

  • Author: Claudia Heller
  • Publisher: The History Press (May 15, 2012)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, History


10. America the Beautiful: A Story in Photographs

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Travel Pictorial Reference Books - August 2021

America the Beautifu l showcases the stunning spaces closest to our nation's heart--from the woods in the Great Appalachian Valley that Davy Crockett once called home to the breathtaking sweep of California's Big Sur coast to the wilds of Alaska. It also celebrates the people who have made this country what it is, featuring a wide range of images including the Arikara Nation in the early 1900s and scientists preparing for travel to Mars on a Hawaiian island. Culled from National Geographic's vaunted photo archives, spanning a period of more than 130 years, this provocative collection depicts the splendor of this great nation as only National Geographic can, with a dramatic combination of modern and historical imagery--from the creation of architectural icons like the Golden Gate Bridge and Lady Liberty to the last of the country's wild places preserved in our national parks. With a structure inspired by the original song "America the Beautiful," this book recognizes what makes our nation great, region by region. And all 50 states and six territories of the U.S. are honored with 50 words from celebrities, historians, activists, conservationists, and politicians who call America home. Profound and inspiring, this is a book for everyone who has ever marveled at the beauty of the United States.

  • Author: National Geographic
  • Publisher: National Geographic (October 20, 2020)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1426221422
  • Dimensions: 10.25 x 1.25 x 10.25 inches