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Reliable, informative travel guide.......and now it's in colour!,
This review is from: The Rough Guide to New York City (Paperback)
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Having visited New York and used a variety of guide books I was interested to see what the colour version in the Rough Guide series would be like having used the standard version of the guide book on previous trips. I have to say I am really impressed! So what's different, I hear you say......
The layout for the guide remains similar to the older versions. It is cram packed full of information which will give the first time traveller to New York confidence in where to visit, stay and play! However, it is also great for visitors who have been to New York before and are looking for something a little bit different to fill their itinerary.
Starting with the top 18 things to do whilst visiting the city, it moves on to the basics eg how to get there, travelling in the city, health care, consulate info and money. It moves on to Manhattan itself and breaks this down into its various districts, giving you directions, opening times and background information on the places you wish to visit. Chapters are given over to major tourist attractions such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. It then moves on to the surrounding bouroughs of New York giving plenty of information on what to do in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.
The remainder of the book deals with accomodation and covers a wide assortment of hotels (listing cost as well). There are chapters on eating in cafes/bakeries, restaurants, drinking establishments, nightlife, performing arts and film, gay New York, galleries, shopping, outdoor/sports activities, parades/festival and taking kids to New York. Finally there are chapters on cultural aspects surrounding New York with a great list of authors who write about the Big Apple.
All of the above you would get in your standard Rough Guide however where this guide shines is the fact that you now have colour images throughout to inspire you to visit areas you may not have thought of and of course there are over 50 maps throughout the guide all in glorious colour and they are very easy to read.
One final point a previous reviewer suggests the info contained is incorrect, however Curry Row is between 1st and 2nd, but there is also Curry Hill which is over by Lexington. So as far as this reviewer can see the information contained is great! So to round up, I have to say the all colour Rough Guide is a fabulous guide to take away, (in the past I have taken a rough guide and another colour guide, whereas now one will suffice).