Are you in summer vacation planning mode? Every state and many cities in America publish their own tourism guides, vacation planners, whatever you want to call them -- and they're usually free for the asking.
Sure, the glossy, color magazines are out to lure you to visit, but they're also packed with good information and maps.
The deal: You can find guides by searching online for state or local tourism offices. For example, the 108-page Official State of Alaska Vacation Planner is offered in hard copy (it takes three weeks by mail) or for immediate download. Inside are itinerary ideas, details about national and state parks and lots of event listings by region too.
I also called up the Minnesota 2013 Travel Guide, also available in digital format. It points out the Great River Road along the Mississippi River turns 75 this year, and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, which turns 50.