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New AP e-book recommends free attractions across U.S


The Associated Press has published an e-book collecting its correspondents’ recommendations of five free things to see and do in 45 top destinations across the United States.

Titled “Five Free Things,” the e-book is an insider’s travel guide. For each stop – from San Diego to Milwaukee to Portland, Maine – readers will find an itinerary with five essential places or experiences that are all free of charge. These include historic sites, museums, monuments, churches, architecture and art. The guide points readers across historic bridges, aboard scenic ferries and through the best neighborhoods. It also includes tips on hikes, trails, beaches, markets, parks, gardens and scenic views. 

“Five Free Things” grew out of a popular weekly series of the same name published by AP. Every list is curated by AP journalists who live, work and play in the places they write about. It’s full of information not only about well-known attractions, but also hidden diversions that only a local would know about.  

Every local AP writer answered the following questions to help enhance the travel experience: Where would you take a visitor? Where do you go to experience this city? What are the “musts” that define your destination as long as they don’t cost a thing?

“AP’s unique footprint across the 50 states allowed us to create a definitive travel guide that gets beyond the tourist basics,” said Lou Ferrara, vice president and managing editor at AP. “We’re thrilled to make this terrific series available in one place, providing expert advice about the most beautiful, meaningful, interesting and unique spots in the country.”  

The book is available electronically for $4.99 on Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Apple devices.

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