Boston For Dummies 2E

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From Faneuil Hall to Fenway Park, Harvard Square to Beacon Hill, Boston is as beloved for its centuries of history as it is for its sparkling contemporary culture. It’s also a very doable—and enticing—vacation destination. This user-friendly guide is packed with all the info travelers need for a memorable trip to Beantown, including:
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Overview

From Faneuil Hall to Fenway Park, Harvard Square to Beacon Hill, Boston is as beloved for its centuries of history as it is for its sparkling contemporary culture. It’s also a very doable—and enticing—vacation destination. This user-friendly guide is packed with all the info travelers need for a memorable trip to Beantown, including:
  • Helpful tips and tons of maps for getting around by subway, bus, ferry, taxi, and car
  • On-the-money shopping tips by neighborhood and type of store
  • Great day trip itineraries for historic hotspots and seaside havens including Concord, Salem, Glouchester, and Rockport
  • Whale watching, historic landmarks, dining out, nightlife, and more

Like every For Dummies travel guide, Boston For Dummies, Second Edition includes:

  • Down-to-earth trip-planning advice
  • What you shouldn’t miss — and what you can skip
  • The best restaurants and hotels for every budget
  • Lots of detailed maps
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764554919
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/14/2003
  • Series: For Dummies Travel Series, #30
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie Morris grew up in New York City, then studied history at Harvard College. She has lived in the Boston area for most of the past two decades. Since 1997, she has written the Frommer’s Boston travel guide and contributed to Frommer’s New England. She has also been, among other things, an assistant sports editor at the Boston Herald and an editor at Boston magazine. She enjoys cooking, entertaining, horse racing, and traveling. Marie lives in the North End, not far from the Freedom Trail, where she often encounters readers — bring along your copy of Boston For Dummies, and you might meet her there.
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People from all over the world seem to feel a connection to Boston. Whether or not you've visited the city, you probably already know something about it.

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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

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.

Worksheets.

Index.

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