With a city so massive—and massively interesting—like New York, where do you start when planning a trip?
So many books, movies and tv shows have been made about New York that everything gets all confused in my mind, and I just can’t get a handle on what the city is really about. The DK Eyewitness travel book dedicated to this city has helped me with my travel planning immensely, because of all the great photos and detailed maps.
They aren’t lying when they say that these books are the guides that show you what others only tell you! Not only do these DK Eyewitness travel books have actual pictures of different buildings, parks, attractions and more, but there are detailed drawings, maps, and floor plans, too. The floor plans are great for when you’re deciding whether or not to go to a particular museum, for instance.
With a city like New York where there is too much to see and do (even if sticking with really touristy things) in a single visit, I need to know what museums and attractions are most worth my time. I really enjoy the pictures of the best works of art or things to see at each place. I do do other things besides going to museums and galleries—I like to go shopping, (the window or not-buying-much kind) in the evenings, and wander around natural spaces, too. The Eyewitness travel books are good for these areas as well. I like the section on quick getaways from New York using different methods of transportation.
These books are perfect for Greg and I because they focus on the things we most enjoy doing, like seeing and experiencing the unique culture of particular cities and countries.
These guides are so easy to use, and are perfect starting points to finding out more about the destinations—there are often websites listed for various places. I like that there isn’t much focus on hotels and restaurants. I always look up this information online prior to leaving for my trip, anyway. Other travel books put a lot of focus on bars and cafés in each are and not enough emphasis on the sites and attractions. This has always seemed backwards to me.
These books make excellent souvenirs. Want to quickly show someone where you went, or recommend a particular place to check out? Just whip out your Eyewitness travel book and your friends and family will immediately be able to picture what you’re telling them about. At only $27.50, this guidebook is really great value. It is available from your local bookstore or from the DK Canada website.
I’ll be visiting New York with Greg for about 10 days near the end of September. Look out for our coverage of our trip there and elsewhere during September and October.
I was given the opportunity to review this DK Eyewitness New York book in exchange for my honest opinion. I did not receive any compensation other than this book.