I cannot fault this book, certainly for a first time vist to Boston and New England in general it is essential. This edition has been upgraded considerably since I first bought a R G to the area and it really is all you will need for a successful trip. It is now much thicker and features maps and photographs as well as the other classic Rough Guide strong points like arrival and orientation facts. Upon arrival at Logan International airport we did exactly as the guide suggested and had a good value chaffeured car waiting for us so avoiding taxi queues or the rigours of public transport. It is also strong as usual on transport throughout as well as restaurants, hotels, hostels and bars. We really liked the way the book gave you a feel for the town or area you were planning to visit. For example it declares Battleborough to be like a college town without the students and that is exactly what is like. Once in tune with the R G you can avoid going somewhere you know you won't like. This book was by far the best guide I took or read before our trip so make sure you get your copy well in advance. You may like to take the D K guide to the same area as well as it is light and quite helpful as it illustrates some city areas with good grid maps but don't think about a trip without this Rough Guide, it will be your passport to most of what is so good about this stunning area. Highlights for us were a trip to the top of Mount Washington on the "Stage" rather than the cog railway and a train ride through Vermont as well as a "Duck Tour" of Boston and a visit to the Isabella Gardner Stewart Museum. Thank you Rough Guide!
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