Created by local writers and photographers, Compass American Guides are the ultimate insider's guides, providing in-depth coverage of the history, culture and character of America's most spectacular destinations. Covering everything there is to see and do as well as choice lodging and dining, these gorgeous full-color guides are perfect for new and longtime residents as well as vacationers who want a deep understanding of the region they're visiting.\n\nOutstanding color photography, plus a wealth of archival images\nTopical essays and literary extracts\nDetailed color maps\nGreat ideas for things to see and do\nCapsule reviews of hotels and restaurants\n\n\n\nAbout the Author\n\n"Las Vegas" is Deke Castleman's middle name. He's been covering the boomtown since 1987, when he researched the first edition of Moon Publications' Nevada Handbook. He has also contributed to Las Vegas Access, Fodor's USA, Great American Vacations, and Great American Vacations for Travelers With Disabilities. He has edited two guides to Las Vegas for Huntington Press, and he is the managing editor of the Las Vegas Advisor, a monthly newsletter for Las Vegas visitors and locals. Castleman is also the author of Las Vegas 2040, a novel about the future of Las Vegas.\n\n\nAbout the Photographers\n\n\nMichael Yamashita has been shooting pictures for National Geographic books and magazines since 1979. He has participated in five Day in the Life projects, and has recieved awards from the National Press Photographers Association and the New York Art Directors Club, among others. His work has been exhibited at the National Gallery of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Kodak's Professional Photographer's Showcase at EPCOT Center. Mr. Yamashita's images are also featured in Compass Sanfrancisco and Compass Manhattan.\n\n\nKerrick James is well known for his photography of the Southwest. In addition to appearing in Compass Arizona, San Francisco, and The American Southwest, his work is featured prequently in Hemispheres and National Geographic Traveler, as well as several Smithsonian guidebooks and school textbooks. He lives in Mesa, Arizona, with his wife and two sons.