If you're stuck at a snowbound city in the US or Canada, or simply planning to visit North America at some stage, you can now grab free Lonely Planet iPhone guides for over a dozen cities.
And it's an impressive grab-bag of the best destinations for both work and play: Boston, Chicago,Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington DC.
Each guide normally costs US$7.99, but for this week Lonely Planet is making them available for free. It's a similar for-a-limited-time-only deal as the travel publisher offered in December last year for European city guides to help travellers stuck across the continent due to the severe winter weather conditions. (Lonely Planet also gave away European city guides in early 2010 when airborne volcanic ash shut down much of Europe's airspace.)
But you'd better be quick to click, as the deal lasts until 6pm Friday February 4th in the US (or 1pm Saturday February 5th in Sydney).
Once you've downloaded these apps to your iPhone or iPod Touch, however, you'll receive all future updates for free – so it makes sense to grab 'em whole the going is good!
You can download these free apps from either the US iTunes Store or the Australian iTunes Store, depending which store you have an account with (if you're in Australia then you're 99.9% likely to have an Aussie iTunes account, although some Mac fans have gone to the trouble of setting up a US-based account – click here for the why and the how).
These links will take you to the free Lonely Planet city guide download site for the Australian iTunes Store.
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- New Orleans
- New York City
- San Francisco
- Washington DC
If you're in the US or have an account with the US iTunes Store, these are the links you'll want: