I am excited because two of my supervisors wrote and published books in the Images of America series. I have not seen the ones for other parts of the country, but the books in the Images of America Southern California series are just superb and great pieces of local history. I recommend reading some of the great books in this series if you get the chance.
Actually as a history major I must say reading the book is essential to learning more about the area, even if you live there. It is great to visit landmarks, but how will we ever learn about the significance of these places unless we read widely and extensively about it. I enjoy doing both. Exploring and reading go hand in hand .