Favourite Travel Books
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When planning a trip I will usually pick up one or two travel books. I now have my favourites.
For Europe I never travel without my Rick Steves. His books are very informative and go into great detail on cities, towns, museums, transportation, etc. They are easy to read and well-organized. He also gives great recommendations for tour guides and many of the ones I've used are from his books.
I like Fodor's and Frommers for their hotel and restaurant recommendations. If I am going to only one city for a few days, these books often come in a 3- or 4-day version which I have found very handy as they highlight the "must dos."