By Allen Meyers and Joel Spivak (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99)
Philadelphia became the railroad capital of the world in the 1830s, when 12 distinct lines opened within a 100-mile radius of the city to carry people and freight. This recently released book from Arcadia Publishing's Images of Rail series features many unseen images and rare photographs documenting the development of rural communities surrounding the city, and the role that the rail system played in Philadelphia becoming a leader in the transportation world.
By Bob Frye (Globe Pequot Press, $16.95)
This FalconGuide takes a look at 50 of Pennsylvania's best and most-accessible paddling routes, including rivers, streams and lakes from Lake Erie to the Delaware River. The guide covers routes for paddlers from beginner levels through intermediate levels, and gives detailed river descriptions, directions, access points, and gear and packing recommendations specific to the area's conditions. A must-have guide for anyone heading out onto the water.
Philadelphia, Brandywine Valley and Bucks County
By David Langlieb (W.W. Norton, $19.95)
This Great Destinations guide takes the reader on a tour of the Delaware Valley, from Center City Philadelphia to Lancaster County to historic Bucks County. David Langlieb, who contributes to Fodor's guides and Moon guides, lives in Philadelphia and shares his extensive knowledge. From the natural beauty and parks to the city life, Langlieb covers maps and transportation, lodging, shopping and dining, events and area attractions.
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