Edi­tor’s Note

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My grand­fa­ther Joe was an air­line pilot. Back in the 1950s, his was an im­prob­a­bly ex­otic vo­ca­tion. He flew fly­ing boats, vast pro­pel­ler-driven Lock­heed Con­stel­la­tions and then, at the dawn of the jet age, Boe­ing 707s. Th­ese shin­ing air­craft trans­ported his young fam­ily to lo­ca­tions across the globe: from Lon­don to Syd­ney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Honolulu and San Fran­cisco. Joe’s wan­der­lust never eased once he hit the ground. In an era be­fore most cars had air con­di­tion­ing, he took his wife and two sons on epic road trips across the Aus­tralian Out­back and through the heart of Amer­ica.

One of my hap­pi­est early mem­o­ries is of ex­plor­ing Amer­ica’s na­tional parks, al­beit not in per­son. I grew up in the sleepi­est small town imag­in­able, rarely ven­tur­ing far but of­ten look­ing in awe through piles of Joe’s old pho­tos. My fa­vorite se­ries of th­ese cov­ers a jour­ney from the San Fran­cisco Bay Area across the Rock­ies to Reno, his VW Bee­tle pass­ing gi­ant se­quoias, ma­raud­ing bears and open desert – all cap­tured in pas­tel-tinged Ko­dachrome.

I hope the ex­cite­ment my grand­fa­ther’s fam­ily felt on first wit­ness­ing those scenes also cour­ses through the pages of this is­sue of Lonely Planet mag­a­zine. Our writ­ers and pho­tog­ra­phers work in part­ner­ship to de­liver au­then­tic and some­times mind-blow­ing views of the places they love. Through cel­e­brat­ing sum­mer in Amer­ica – our cover theme – we find our­selves stand­ing at the edge of Yel­low­stone’s psy­che­delic Grand Pris­matic Spring, and hear from a ranger ded­i­cated to pre­serv­ing Amer­ica’s orig­i­nal na­tional park (p. 62). We head west to Ne­vada, to meet the ar­ti­sans keep­ing ex­quis­ite tra­di­tional crafts alive (p. 44). And we pass be­tween the icons and hid­den back­streets of New York, to out­line a tour of the city’s great­est movie lo­ca­tions (p. 72).

Lonely Planet has a 44-year her­itage of en­cour­ag­ing and in­spir­ing trav­el­ers, un­der­scored by the be­lief that thought­ful travel is a force for good. If you iden­tify with our val­ues, please sup­port us by tak­ing out a sub­scrip­tion; you’ll find our best of­fer on p. 17.

Peter Grunert, Group Edi­tor

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