When go-to resources like Travelzoo and Jetsetter are just a click away, it’s tough not to let wanderlust get the better of you and your real world budget. Thankfully, there’s plenty of gems right in our own 9,400,000 sq mi backyard — and the Grey Lady can prove it. Filled with photography and gorgeous illustrations, The New York Times, 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada ($25) combines their famous travel series into one convienient package, without a single ludicrously overpriced expedition in sight. Take it with you for a cross-country sojourn or leave it at home as inspiration for your next excuse to break out the weekender. After all, Columbus didn’t have Trip Advisor, so we’re sure you’ll manage without it too.
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