The Handbook series from Moon, one of America’s leading travel publishers, covers a wide range of international cities, regions and countries and are significantly strong on American destinations, offering coverage that is often unavailable from other publishers. Stylistically, Moon’s editorial style is strongly American in focus, often offering insights and observations with an American audience in mind. However, each Moon Handbook is comprehensive in the information it provides, with Moon’s American and Mexican titles the strongest and most knowledgeable, in addition to an increasing range of more international guides.
Each guide in the Handbook series is organised in a similar way, depending on the destination, allowing readers to locate the information they need whilst travelling. An introductory ‘Discover’ chapter profiles the destination, with information on local history, culture, activities and sites, as well as a section helping readers plan their trip with guidance on where and when to go, pre-trip considerations and suggested itineraries. Chapters are organised by region and cover the principal sights, entertainment and events, shopping, sports and recreation, activities, accommodation, food, shopping, getting there and around, national parks, day-trip possibilities and National Parks in the region.
A ‘Background and ‘Essentials’ chapter at the back of each guide cover a range of practical guidance and background information about the city, region or country. There is a summary of the history of the landscape, history and economy and people and culture. Information on getting there and around, visas and officialdom, conduct and customs, travelling with children, women, senior and gay and lesbian travellers, health and safety, money and internet resources is also included.