A Placenotes set ($19.95) looks like a deck of cards, but functions as a travel guide to a city’s most enduring places. Each card focuses on a memorable place – whether that’s a restaurant, museum, attraction, street or neighborhood – and features visiting information, a bit of history, a quote and a striking visual. Available sets are Austin, University of Texas at Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Santa Fe, New York Art Museums, Houston, Pittsburgh, Dallas and Chicago, and more are in production.

Where to buy:

Placenotes are available in bookstores and giftshops, or online .