From humble beginnings as a pamphlet of travel tips slapped together for students summering in Europe, Let's Go blossomed into one of the world's most popular travel guides, a mainstay on the shelves of bookstores, hostels, and world travelers for 61 years. Though its story may now be over, the legacy it leaves is not. Let's Go brought travel writing from a privileged few to the hoi polloi by inspiring several competitors in the budget guidebook arena, and it gave countless unforgettable memories to the students who have made up the Let's Go family.

Summer 1960
Let’s Go revolutionizes the world of travelguides with its premiere publica-tion, the 1960 European Guide.

Pages in the first book: 25. Cover price: $0. The fact that HSA used to charter air-planes: priceless.

Spring 1961
The name “Let’s Go” first appears with the publication of our first Europe guide!

75 cents for 64 pages—not bad.

Let’s Go almost doubles in size on its way to 124 pages.

Let’s Go is outsourced to Lampooners for the first and last time.

HSA hires an artist, Richard Copaken, who proceeds to draw Let’s Go’s original hot-air-balloon logo.

Let’s Go hires two newlyweds on their honeymoon to rewrite Let’s Go: Europe from scratch. Ah, l’amour.

Let’s Go debuts its first maps.

Summer 1963
A room of one’s own: Let’s Go begins to call 993A Mass. Ave. home.
Let’s Go: Europe is an actual book for the first time—and the price hits $1.95 as a result.
Let’s Go’s page count hits 240.
Let’s Go: Europe is available in stores by Christmas. Santa’s sack gets heavier.
February 24, 1966
Let’s Go gets its turn in the spotlight as Andrew Tobias goes on the Today show.
Seventy Harvard students translate into 322 pages of delight.
Let’s Go: Europe reproduces asexually! our first off shoot, Let’s Go II: The Student Guide to Adventure, goes on sale.
America the beautiful. Let’s Go produces the ancient ancestor of Let’s Go: USA.
The limited-edition Let’s Go: Caribbean is released and then never spoken of again.
Let’s Go goes legit: EP Dutton becomes our publisher and distributor.

496 pages and $2.25—opulence, plain and simple.

Pancho Huddle almost single-handedly brings Let’s Go: Europe to 704 pages and $3.25.
Let’s Go: Europe is all thumbs, as a new logo dominates the cover.
Let’s Go: Europe goes for a ginger look, then decides it isn’t suited for it.
The list price skyrockets to... $4.95.
A new era dawns with Let’s Go’s first regional guide, Let's Go: Britain & Ireland.
Europe’s back to 704 pages.
Let’s Go goes bilingual with the first edition of Let’s Go: France.
Let’s Go: Italy is first produced. Andiamo!
Spring 1979
Thayer Hall’s basement becomes Let’s Go headquarters.
The Boston Globe dubs Let’s Go “the Bible of the budget traveler.”
Along with a permanent Let’s Go: USA, Let’s Go: Greece, Israel & Egypt swells the ranks to six.
Let’s Go is seduced away from Dutton and hitches up with St. Martin’s Press.
As Publishing Manager, Chris Billy prepares for Let’s Go’s biggest expansion to date.
They’re multiplying! Let’s Go puts out three new titles for a total of nine.
Let’s Go: Mexico launches as our 10th guide, helping Let’s Go sell 400,000 copies for the year.
Europe takes its doctor’s advice and diets to 850 pages.
The back covers evolve to include “Did you know?” content.
Let’s Go: California & the Pacific Northwest undergoes meiosis, and Let’s Go now has 11 titles.
The thumb logo is downgraded to apostrophe status. Two years later, it would be joined by a hitchhiking disclaimer.
Let’s Go’s 30th birthday! Yet nothing really changes from the previous year. Age is just a number, man.
The first city guides take Let’s Go up to 13 titles.
An expansion to 15 titles prompts The New York Times to knight us “the granddaddy of budget guides.”
The thumb logo, which had pointed at a 90-degree angle, adopts a more positive slant.
Photographs first grace the covers of Let’s Go’s now-20 books.
Pete Keith’s reforms make Let’s Go a better place to work.
Fall 1995
Let’s Go’s “Web site” is launched on the new-fangled “World Wide Web.”
Let’s Go: Central America takes us to 22 titles not including the brand-new Map Guides.
December 8, 1996
A storybook ending: Let’s Go leaves 1 Story St. for 67 Mt. Auburn.
Two more titles jump on board, for a total of 26.
Despite canceling plans for one new book, Let’s Go still gets to 28 titles.
In a new cover design, the thumb logo swells in size again.
So much for round numbers; there are now 33 Let’s Go guides.
Spring 2001
The first Let’s Go roadtrip takes college campuses by storm.
An unprecedented four new guides make for 37 in all.
Four more; 41, and we’re not done.
Four new books mean Let’s Go now has 45 on the shelves, but only 32 are updated as Let’s Go realizes it is not, in fact, superhuman.
Expansion can take a breather after the series hits 48 titles.
The covers change to a more backpacker-esque collage, and 15 guides are produced.
Fashionable budget travelers fan out across the globe with limited-edition Let’s Go T-shirts and water bottles.
Let’s Go: Buenos Aires becomes the 49th book in the Let’s Go pantheon.
The hot-air balloon makes its triumphant return to the series’s new red and sepia covers.
The insides of the guides are totally revamped. Legibility, how we’ve missed you.
Kindle? Can do. Let’s Go publishes its first ebooks.
Let’s Go content is available on mobile for the first time.
Let’s Go returns to self-publishing and actually makes a profit from it
Just like old times: Let’s Go returns to putting out just one book, the classic Let’s Go: Europe, per year.
The number of office staffers hits a low point of two.
Let’s Go: Europe adopts a cleaner cover with a white background and red and yellow accents.
Let’s Go undergoes a total makeover that brings full color to both the cover and inside of the guide.
Perhaps the prettiest Let’s Go: Europe ever clocks in at 672 pages.
The 60th edition of Let’s Go returns to a classic red and white front cover featuring the Eiffel Tower.
March 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic forces the cancellation of RWs’ summer travel for the first time in Let’s Go
Fall 2022
Unable to produce a new guide for two summers
in a row due to the pandemic, Let’s Go announces that the 2020 edition was its last.

As Oliver Koppell said a quarter of a century after he came to Harvard: “I am extraordinarily proud of the success which Let’s Go has achieved in the years since my graduation. The expansion of editions, the detail of the work, and the general level of acceptance which Let’s Go has achieved throughout the country, and indeed the world, is beyond my wildest dreams.”