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Reviews for Top 10 Boston. Patricia Harris, David Lyon, Jonathan Schultz (DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides):

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Mar 11, 2015

great travel guide book. more than just the usual museums and tour spots. this has unique info and great maps!
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Jun 25, 2018

I don't think I have perused a DK guide that I haven't really liked and this Boston edition is another winner for me.
It is a 2017 edition so at the time of reading, the information is right up to date. Full of colour glossy photographs, city maps, travel and accommodation info, city walking tours, main sites and recommended restaurants and café locations.
I have no immediate travel plans in place, but I have long wished to visit Massachusetts. If and when I cross the pond again DK will be in my I don't think I have perused a DK guide that I haven't really liked and this Boston edition is another winner for me.
It is a 2017 edition so at the time of reading, the information is right up to date. Full of colour glossy photographs, city maps, travel and accommodation info, city walking tours, main sites and recommended restaurants and café locations.
I have no immediate travel plans in place, but I have long wished to visit Massachusetts. If and when I cross the pond again DK will be in my suitcase. ...more
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Oct 26, 2017

Really nice diagrams and drawings of important historical sites, museums, etc, with good maps and informative descriptions of everything you would want to know about in this amazing city.
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Jun 09, 2010

This was a very different travel guide than what I am used to reading. I buy a new one before every trip we take to Boston, hoping to find some gem inside that we have yet to discover. This book gave me several new ideas, plus a great layout that was easy to read and understand where everything is located.

First off, this was a very visual book. It is color-coded by area of town, with the city broken down into five sections. Each section has a short blurb about it, then is followed by a This was a very different travel guide than what I am used to reading. I buy a new one before every trip we take to Boston, hoping to find some gem inside that we have yet to discover. This book gave me several new ideas, plus a great layout that was easy to read and understand where everything is located.

First off, this was a very visual book. It is color-coded by area of town, with the city broken down into five sections. Each section has a short blurb about it, then is followed by a street-by-street guide. This section has an illustration of an interesting part of that section, complete with streets, buildings and landmarks. Following that is a listing of sights in that section of town. This includes information about the sights, location, nearby public transportation, hours and web addresses where applicable. Also, the major sights have dedicated pages with detailed illustrations and points of interest within the sights themselves. There is a section titled "Farther Afield" that does the same thing for towns outside of the city of Boston, but within a reasonable distance that you could visit while vacationing in Boston.

There is a section that describes three possible walks you can take in the Boston area. One of these walks is along the Freedom Trail, which is generally covered in Boston travel guides. There are two other walks described that are different from anything I have read about or done while I was in Boston. One is a walk on the MIT Campus and the other is a walk in South Boston. All of the walks are mapped out with important sights pointed out that you can visit along the way.

There are, of course, sections that briefly cover Boston's history and that give basic travel information. The "Travelers' Needs" section was quite helpful for me. It lists hotels, shopping and entertainment activities as you would expect. The list of restaurants was particularly good, I thought. There were several places listed (by section) that I have not been to that I have made note of to try when I am there. The descriptions are very thorough, yet succinct.

At the end of the book is a "Survival Guide" which seems to be directed toward foreign visitors. It covers health care, safety, currency and communications.

I felt that this book and its visual qualities would be more helpful to me than other travel guides. In fact, while reading it I discovered that in one particular part of town my directions have always been turned around. It is also thinner than other guides I have purchased in the past and the pages, instead of being paper, have a laminated feel to them, making the book better to stuff in a bag while I'm on the go.

I will definitely be taking this book with me on my trip and using it throughout my stay. ...more
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Sep 17, 2012

This is the book I should have brought with me to Boston, rather than Insight Guides: Boston City Guide. It came down to these two, and I went with the Insight Guide...and once I got to Boston, I regretted my choice. While lacking the personality that other guidebooks have, there's a reason the Eyewitness books are so good: excellent illustrations, in-depth research, and practical advice for the traveler. Unlike the other guides, this book was full of things to see and do, not just places to eat This is the book I should have brought with me to Boston, rather than Insight Guides: Boston City Guide. It came down to these two, and I went with the Insight Guide...and once I got to Boston, I regretted my choice. While lacking the personality that other guidebooks have, there's a reason the Eyewitness books are so good: excellent illustrations, in-depth research, and practical advice for the traveler. Unlike the other guides, this book was full of things to see and do, not just places to eat and sleep.

I didn't understand the point of including the Freedom Trail walk as part of the book--there's enough information at each site to not need the section of the guidebook, and smartphone owners can download a great map/tour of the Freedom Trail to use instead. ...more
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Jun 26, 2012

While I'm not a tourist, sometimes tourist books have some good ideas for things to check out in the city. I got one or two ideas from this antiquated book. In 2003 the Big Dig was still under construction and the T still took tokens. Also funny, this book cautions against jaywalking in the city. How can you tell a tourist from somebody who lives in Boston? The tourist waits for the walk sign. (in other words, jaywalking is ubiquitous in Boston.)
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Nov 27, 2007

My mom purchased this book for me because I am moving to Boston next spring. I thought it was a good overview glimpse of what Boston has to offer. I was looking through the book to find more factual information about the communities, but came across a lot of tourist-y stuff instead. This would be a great book for anyone going to Boston on vacation and wants to know the best hotels, restuarents, and attractions. If you are moving there..I would suggest something a little more in-depth.
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Mar 20, 2008

I went to Boston for St. Patricks weekend. I read this book before I went. DK Eyewitness guides are the best. They give very detailed information about the city and pictures. These books also have good reccomendations for restaurants, shopping and nightlife as well. A must read for anyone going to Boston.
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Jan 28, 2011

I like the "Top 10" concept because we will only be in the Boston area for a couple of days. However, the "top 10" concept tends to feature the most popular, "touristy" places. When I travel, I often like to go off the beaten path.

As much as I like reading travel books, I still prefer to research my travel destinations online so the information is current and up-to-date.
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Aug 09, 2015

This was informative but not very colorful. I am comparing it to a tour book I read about San Francisco which was out of this world. So maybe I am being unfair. I wish I could remember who wrote/published that San Fran book. Anyway, maybe Boston doesn't have the color of San Francisco.
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Jul 28, 2011

Great colourful book, full of great maps, lists ALL the places you could possibly want!
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Jan 03, 2015

This gave me some great ideas on what all I want to see when I visit Boston. This book allowed me to see how much walking I would do AND gave me the confidence that I needed to walk most of my trip.
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May 23, 2014

Very good book.

Useful. Lots of info. Very comprehensive. Good descriptions.

Would get again? Yes.

Aurora library.

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