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Like every For Dummies travel guide, Boston For Dummies, Second Edition includes:
Maybe your best friend went to college here, or your next-door neighbor worships the Red Sox, or your baby-sitter's favorite movie is Good Will Hunting, or your internist did her residency at Massachusetts General. You see Cheers reruns and the Boston Pops' Fourth of July concert on TV, Fidelity manages your retirement savings, and you remember something about a tea party. You find yourself thinking that Boston sounds like a fun place to visit. You're right.
The city's historic and cultural attractions, entertaining diversions, and manageable size make it a wildly popular business, convention, and tourist destination. In order to plan the most enjoyable trip, I let you know a little about what to expect.
The Hub of the Solar System
Oliver Wendell Holmes gave Boston perhaps its most popular nickname: The Hub of the Solar System (which survives partly because headline writers love short words like "Hub"!). The solar system may be a bit of an exaggeration, but eastern Massachusetts has become an important destination for education, high-tech companies, financial services, and health care organizations. Don't be too quick to envision legions of pasty-faced techies glowing under fluorescent lights, though. Boston is downright beautiful. Redbrick buildings and cobblestone streets contrast delightfully with modern glass towers (and concrete boxes that seemed like a good idea at the time). Countless millions of dollars went into cleaning up Boston Harbor and the result is worth every penny. The "Boston Miracle" the local manifestation of the plunging national crime rate means that the city feels safer than it has in many years.
Part I: Getting Started.
Chapter 1: Discovering the Best of Boston.
Chapter 2: Deciding When to Go.
Chapter 3: Planning Your Budget.
Chapter 4: Planning Ahead for Special Travel Needs.
Part II: Ironing Out the Details.
Chapter 5: Getting to Boston.
Chapter 6: Deciding Where to Stay.
Chapter 7: Booking Your Room.
Chapter 8: Boston’s Best Hotels.
Chapter 9: Taking Care of the Remaining Details.
Part III: Settling Into Boston.
Chapter 10: Arriving and Getting Oriented.
Chapter 11: Getting Around Boston.
Chapter 12: Managing Your Money.
Part IV: Dining in Boston.
Chapter 13: The Scoop on the Boston Dining Scene.
Chapter 14: Boston’s Best Restaurants.
Chapter 15: Snacks and Meals on the Go.
Part V: Exploring Boston.
Chapter 16: Boston’s Top Sights.
Chapter 17: More Cool Things to See and Do.
Chapter 18: Seeing Boston by Guided Tour.
Chapter 19: A Shop-’Til-You-Drop Guide to Boston.
Chapter 20: Five Great Boston Itineraries.
Chapter 21: Exploring Beyond Boston: Four Great Day-Trips.
Part VI: Living It Up after the Sun Goes Down: Boston Nightlife.
Chapter 22: Boston’s Cultural Scene.
Chapter 23: Hitting the Clubs and Bars.
Part VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 24: The Top Ten Ways Not to Look Like a Tourist.
Chapter 25: The Top Ten Free (or Almost Free) Activities.
Appendix: Quick Concierge.