By Real Simple
Updated May 02, 2012
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The New York Times, 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada
Credit: Levi Brown

If your favorite grad can’t afford to follow the backpacking-through-Europe trend, this is an invaluable compilation of great places to spend the weekend in North America from the popular New York Times column. The comprehensive guide provides the low-down on restaurants, hotels, and unexpected hotspots in over 150 destinations (detailed maps included).

To buy: $27,