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Fodor's New England Paperback – 15 Jul 2014
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Literally having something for everyone, this guide is a nice thick introduction to the region. I say introduction because it does a good job of covering the highlights. Depth is somewhat lacking, mostly because there's just not enough room for it. In order to allow the book to be geographically comprehensive, it has to be thematically selective. Many topics are thinly covered, which may prove to be distracting for seasoned travelers. Some topics that are well covered and also tend to be feature attractions are the numerous historic museum towns (such as Deerfield, Strawberry Banke, Salem, Sturbridge, Shelburne, Hancock), Fall foliage routes, and numerous outdoor attractions.
Four distinct seasons (particularly the Fall), historic architecture, education, American colonial history, gorgeous rolling mountainous geography, and the cultural institutions of Boston prove to be the highlights of the region for good reason. This book will introduce you to all of those things, and provides the foundation for further exploration into all of them. Don't expect to find every answer in this book and you'll be satisfied. Keep your expectations realistic.
Listings of hotels and restaurants are selective but are representative. Maps are very simple and will not replace your need for a GPS or exceptional sense of direction.
This Fodor's guide surveys each state, covering the major regions, noting scenic routes, sites of tourist interest, recreational opportunities, and suggestions for accomodations and dining. Skiing in Vermont, hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, historic Old Boston, and the beautiful coastlines of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maine get their due emphasis. The guide provides a variety of maps, including diagrams of the downtown areas of some of the major cities and a detachable driving map. Insets highlight items of local history or interest. Commentary on travel to and within New England, along with brief weather and safety considerations, is included.
Fodor's guides continue to be updated year by years. The most recent versions are well-organized for quick use, with concise commentary, a nice selection of photographs and lots of good recommendations for what to see and where to stay and/or eat. This edition features a special section on where and when to see the best fall foliage. Highly recommended to visitors planning their first vacation the New England region.