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Backroads of New England
Your Guide to New England's Most Scenic Backroad Adventures

By Kim Knox Beckius

Backroads of New England

Part picture book, part travel guide, Backroads of New England: Your Guide to New England's Most Scenic Backroad Adventures celebrates the beauty and history of this part of the country through stories, photographs and touring suggestions. Divided into chapters by state—Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine—the book is organized in a useful and informative manner, entirely attune to the needs of the traveler. Chapters open by describing the state in general then clearly outline instructions that take the reader through a carefully planned day trip, complete with specific driving directions in sidebars and large maps to accompany the text. Tours include such routes as New Hampshire’s "Elephants, Donkeys, and Moose: The Great North Woods" and "Lobster and Lighthouses: Maine's Southern Shore" to provide the reader with a variety of different scenic trips. Full-page asides provide additional interesting information, such as "The Second Colonization of Connecticut" and "Why Do Leaves Change Color?"

A little large for the typical travel book, this won't slip easily in a purse. But no matter, this book is intended for leisurely drives through the countryside where its size isn't an issue. And while this is a book the traveler will return to time and again, it is just as likely to hold an esteemed spot on your coffee table. William H. Johnson's photography captures New England in its vivid glory, with images of colorful autumns and bright-red covered bridges. Modern color pictures are further complemented by black-and-white pictures from the past, such as the image of Woodman's of Essex where the fried clam was invented in 1916.

Author Kim Knox Beckius' appreciation of this part of the country is apparent in the descriptions of the area and careful construction of the book. So grab Backroads of New England, jump in your car, and get ready, because her love for New England is infectious.

See also 72 Hours in Hartford written by Kim Knox Beckius

(Updated: 04/07/08 LH)

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