36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA and Canada

Friday, October 19, 2012

Barbara Ireland, creator of the “36 Hours” column in the New York Times, and editor Nina Wiener talk about the new book The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA and Canada. The Times has been offering itineraries in its popular weekly "36 Hours" column since 2002, and this book is a compilation of where to go, what to see, and where to stay in hundreds of cities and destinations, always with an eye to getting the most out of a short trip.

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Manhattan at dusk
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Rowers make their way down the placid Schuylkill river.
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Delicate Arch at sunset in Arches National Park outside Moab, Utah.
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Inside the Quadracci Pavilion, designed by Santiago Calatrava, at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
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The Sangre de Cristo Mountains form a backdrop for residences designed by Ricardo Legorreta.
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Early morning at the Alamo, before the day’s onslaught of eager tourist crowds.
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Spread from 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA and Canada.
Illustration Olimpia Zagnoli/TASCHEN
Spread from 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA and Canada


Barbara Ireland and Nina Wiener

Comments [13]

Pascale Vaillancourt

I don't agree about people don't minding your accent in France. In Paris, even though you speak French (with a French Canadian accent), they will repeat what you said just because you don't sound French enough.

Oct. 19 2012 12:54 PM

OLD nyc - in 1958 my cousin went on a field trip for her geology class at brooklyn college and examined zillion year old rock under spuyten dyvil bridge

Oct. 19 2012 12:53 PM

I can hear Buffalo in your guest's voice! Also thanks for giving Buffalo its due - it has its problems but, Leonard you could have a gracious "country home" there for a song. Eric Larrabee had the Barton House, part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Darwin Martin complex. Cccccold winters though

Oct. 19 2012 12:46 PM
Hal from Crown Heights

Leadville is at 10,000 feet. Almost twice the elevation of Denver.

Oct. 19 2012 12:40 PM
Gary from Port Washington

If you go to Staten Island, a must visit place is Mandolin Brothers and Denino's pizza. In the Bronx, Aruther Avenue is a must. In Quuens, Jackson Heights and an afternoon at Castle Spa in College Point is time well spent. The Brooklyn Museum is wonderful and the food in Park Slope is a great place to find wonderful food.

Oct. 19 2012 12:26 PM
Inquisigal from Brooklyn

Leonard, I am a fan of yours, so I won't hold it against you...but in this segment, your snobbishness is rearing its ugly head. Part of being an adventurous traveler is not always seeking out high-culture or "sophistication." How boring would travel be if all we were seeking was a trendy restaurant?

Oct. 19 2012 12:25 PM
Bob Jones from Brooklyn

What a terrible interview--very halting, no enthusiastic give & take. Leonard's presumptive questions are met with confounding ennui by Barbara Ireland, who it seems would rather be anywhere else for these 36 minutes (let alone 36 hours) than the radio. Bor-ing...and the books sound tedious as well.

Oct. 19 2012 12:25 PM
Peter from Washington Heights

When one of my Minnesota cousins turned 60 this past spring, her children made a 36-hours in Minnesota book for her. Thanks for the inspiration!

Oct. 19 2012 12:24 PM
Kurt from Sunnyside

For visitors on a budget I suggest the Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl!
Meets at The White Horse Tavern every Saturday at 2:00 pm $20 per person

Oct. 19 2012 12:22 PM

I live out of NY but grew up there. I was just visiting and took my kids on the subway and then the Staten Island Ferry back and forth. The kids loved it and it was free which is hard to find in NY.

Oct. 19 2012 12:21 PM
Leo from queens

it's pretentious to do a travel book including NYC and leaving out things to do in the 'outer' boroughs - I think it's time for an independence movement. Especially when there are are lot of sites and neighborhoods to visit in these OTHER parts of the city.
Manhattan has been so commercialized and sterelized that it makes no sense for someone to travel from China or Tokyo to visit Manhattan when they can see and experience the same things in their own countries.

Oct. 19 2012 12:20 PM
James from Brooklyn

I'm curious to know if there are stories about Utica and central New York State in the book. What is going on up there? Thank you

Oct. 19 2012 12:17 PM
Mary Beth Kooper from nyc

My family went to Newfoundland based on reading one of these 36 hours columns a few years ago. everyone we mentioned it to who lived in canada told us it was a bad idea. It was a memorable trip for my family; one of our all time favorites and someplace that was not our our radar at all. thanks 36 hours!

Oct. 19 2012 12:14 PM

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