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The main book used to plan our tour of New England in October 2016 was The Rough Guide to New England. This guide covers the whole New England region, which includes Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont and Maine.
We generally favour Rough Guides over their main competition (the one with no friends!) and this guide was up to the usual high standard.
Rough Guides New England contained a balanced mix of information about towns and rural attractions, with enough detail and high-level maps to enable me to put together a rough outline of a route.
Our experience is that Rough Guides are usually written from a more objective and honest perspective than some alternatives — there’s not too much hype.
This is both more enjoyable to read and more useful, as it helps you avoid things that aren’t worth visiting, as well as those which are. After all, time is usually tight on a two-week touring holiday. At least, it is for us.
Rough Guide New England ticked all the boxes and was well-thumbed by the time we got home. Definitely recommended if you’re looking for an all-in-one guide to this region of the USA.
Title: The Rough Guide to New England (6th edition/2012)
Publisher: Rough Guides