Insight City Guide Boston (Insight City Guides Boston) [Paperback]
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Compact Guide Boston includes a chapter detailing Boston's history and culture, 6 tours and 4 excursions taking in sights ranging from the 8-mile Freedom Trail to richly historical Salem, leisure-time suggestions, and a comprehensive information section packed with essential contact addresses and numbers. Plus detailed maps and many high quality photographs.
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Review of Insight Guides Feb 19, 2010
Finally the summer has come and yet another long academic year has gone by. Exhausted from late night cram sessions and final taking, the thought of getting away for a bit and just relaxing enters the mind. Whether it is nearby or far away, traveling is a great way to explore new worlds, learn new things, and best of all to take a break from everyday life. But, there is a catch. Being a student, there is not much money to spare and not a lot of time to waste. So the best idea is to check out a travel guide to come across important information about where to stay, what to visit, and where to eat. Now all that is left is picking a location, checking out any old travel guide and being on your way, right? Wrong. Choosing the wrong travel guide might lead to an awful experience and a fear of future traveling. Luckily, Insight Guides provides tons of valuable information in a number of travel guides they publish, which can give travelers confidence in any of their explorations. Insight Guides has almost everything and anything a visitor may need when planning a trip to a new place. Each guide is studied and written by natives of the respected location, so the information provided is authentic and practical. The travel guide has an easy to read, understandable text for teenagers and up. Most of the activities listed and locations suggested may seem geared more toward adults, but the guide also provides activities and local "hot spots" for young adults, such as clubs and musical venues. For students, this guide is helpful because it includes many historical locations and tourist attractions along with sufficient information on each. For example, the guide on the city of Boston includes a thorough two and a half page description on the Museum of Fine Arts. Therefore, students get the full experience out of their travels. Insight Guides does a great job with informing, entertaining, and best of all - guiding. The guide's descriptions and language do the job of persuasion to draw in visitors to the attractions they provide. For instance in the guide on the city of Sydney, Australia, says in the beginning of one chapter: After ticking off the quintessential Sydney sights - the Opera House, the Botanic Gardens, Darling Harbor - take time out to explore the less renowned aspects of city life. In the Kings Cross district, enjoy the decorous rows of terrace houses, many of which were once brothels but have now been converted into elegant restaurants, then enjoy a genuine Italian coffee in trendy Darlinghurst. (63) The guide indirectly intrigues readers to explore and uses a variety of adjectives to add interest to the places noted. Near the back of the guide is a complete list of anything needed when in the city including their address and phone number, helpful for contacting a location when tightly planning a schedule. Things such as restaurants, clubs, transportation methods, hotels, shopping, and music venues are mentioned along with many others. For foreign travelers, essential information pertaining to climate, tipping, embassies and exchange rates are provided in this section as well. Assisting these locations is a plethora of maps, from simple to detailed, of all over the city. In the guide about Boston, there are twenty-three maps of in and around the city. Street maps do make up for most of the twenty-three, but there are also maps of the subway and geography of the Boston area. Near the end of the guide, is a series of five key maps with forty two items in its legend and a grid system for locating places of interest with ease. For anyone who likes to plan out their trips with itineraries, this guide will be trouble-free to work with. To help visitors find their next stop on the map, Insight Guides provides a number of pleasant pictures of these locations of interest. After flipping through the Insight Guide on Sydney a few times, a reader is overcome with the feeling that they had already visited the Sydney Opera House or Bronte Beach. There are the usual pictures of landscapes and tourist attractions, but Insight Guides also includes candid pictures of pedestrians, animals, and local sports events. There are almost as many pictures as pages in this guide, which is helpful for travelers become familiarized with the landscape before they even visit their destination. Each picture is full of color and brings out a different part of the city. The only downside to the photographs used is that in the Boston guide, there were many pictures taken during the spring, summer, and fall but none during the winter. Unfortunately, the winters in Boston are quite frigid and the change in temperature would change a traveler's ability to perform some activities provided by the guide. For travelers, especially anyone who enjoys backpacking, these small guide books are about half the size of a piece of paper and easily can fit in any size backpack or bag. In addition to being light for a backpack, Insight Guides' books are also light on traveler's wallets. From a local Borders bookstore, a common Insight Guide city travel guide would cost about fifteen dollars, much less than Lonely Planet's travel guide of Sydney which costs about ten dollars more. However, do not let the size and the price of the guide give the wrong impression; these paperback books are crammed full helpful tips and useful information about traveling for not only backpackers but all types of travelers. Since the guides are paperback, they are comfortable to hold while walking and are quite flexible, great for travelers on the go. Speaking of on the go, if hunger strikes out of the blue and one would prefer to find a cheap restaurant quick, just search under the restaurant list located in the back near the index. Insight Guides use a dollar sign key which easily signifies how expensive each restaurant is. For example, a café with $$ means, the price for an average three course meal would be between $50 and $75. The system of dollar signs is a much better than the star system used in other travel guides which combine the cost of the food with the quality. With Insight Guides, the quality of the restaurants is described in a small passage following its information while the price is stated first right after the name of the restaurant. This comes in handy if travelers, such as students, are on a tight budget and cannot spend too much money in one place.
Insight Guides is a well rounded travel guide beneficial for almost any type of traveler. The language used to illustrate each location is both detailed and convincing while the pictures give readers a physical image of the places described. In addition to Boston and Sydney, Insight Guides provides travel guides on a number of other cities such as: Amsterdam, Las Vegas, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, and Singapore. Although not every major city in the world is covered, Insight Guides prints about sixty new titles a year with updates to current guides already printed. The guides are created by research done by natives of each location, thus eyewitness accounts and interviews are unnecessary since the entire guide is created by eyewitnesses. Choosing an Insight Guides travel guide would be an intelligent move by anyone, especially students, who plans to travel and truly experience their visit.
Bell, Brian, Bill Scheller, and Kay Scheller, eds. Insight City Guide Boston. 3rd ed. New York: Insight Guides, 2009. Print. Bell, Brian, and Jeffery Pike, eds. Insight City Guide Sydney (Book & Restaurant Guide) (Insight City Guides (Book & Restaruant Guide)). 5th ed. New York: Insight Guides, 2005. Print.
well written but a bit thin Feb 15, 2010
I really like this book - BUT it seems as if they omitted certain landmark restaurants (like Abe and Louie's which every other guide raves about and IMHO blows away Morton's and any other steak house in Boston), hotels (Marriott Back Bay), etc. and I wonder if there was a reason (like sponsor money). That said the writing is really good!
Good guide to Boston Aug 31, 2008
I recently attended the American Political Science Association meeting, held in Boston. This visit reminded me of how enchanted I am with this historical American city. To remind me of its many pleasures (historical sites, restaurants, sports, etc.), and to provide for advance planning the next time I take a relaxed few days in Boston, I purchased this volume.
I am rather pleased with it. While I think it gives short shrift to the multitude of fine restaurants in Boston, for instance, overall this is a valuable guide to the city and the surrounding area.
Some nice features: a series of maps of the city; a nice little insert with a summary of restaurants that one could put in one's shirt pocket to serve as a brief guide; a summary of "The Best of Boston" at the outset; description of a number of walking tours in different parts of the city and its environs.
After an introduction to Boston, there is a brief but useful history. Then, some comments about sports, art, literature, and the like. Following is a section by section discussion of the city--from Beacon Hill & Boston Common to Cambridge. For each area surveyed, there is a nice discussion of key sites, a brief summary of the best restaurants and bars.
Some sites that I would recommend: the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides is still pretty awesome); Paul Revere's house; the Art Museum; Quincy Market; Boston Common and the Public Garden (take a ride on the sawn boats!); Duck Tours; Bunker Hill; Harvard Yard; and so on and so on.
It is nice to wander around a city that has so much history. . . . Not too many places in the United States radiate such a sense of our past (others might include, by the way, Philadelphia and Charleston, SC).
Anyhow, this is a useful work for those who want some ideas about what to do, where to go, and where to eat in Boston.