THE A5 BOOK REVIEW
Trying to get to know a new city but only have a short weekend? Every week for the last decade, The New York Times has published a column called "36 Hours", a well-researched and tastefully written recommendation on the best to see and do on a short trip to a specific destination. Each article provides both hard-to-find inspiring experiences and practical information on restaurants and hotels. Like most NYT content, the articles are stylishly written and fun to read. And now, editor Barbara Ireland has compiled these columns into a great series of travel books. The full collection is amazing, but it is also possible (and more inexpensive) to just buy regional editions. The USA & Canada edition has sample itineraries for 150 North American locations including bigger cities like New York, San Francisco and Montreal, natural wonders like the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls, and smaller towns like Banff, Duluth and El Paso. The collection for Europe has 130 itineraries, and there are also versions for Latin America & the Caribbean, and for Asia & Oceania. There are books that cover smaller regions as well, so be sure to look for the edition that works best for you.
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