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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740591062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740591065
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 549,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Prior to AD 1600 there were plenty of Native American tribes throughout New England but none on the centrally located Shawmut Peninsula (the original extents of Boston proper). Read the first page
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 April 2001
Format: Paperback
I found this guide amazingly helpful. The street maps helped me to find my hostel and two cafes I wanted to visit, before I even left England. It details everything, even the bus numbers for excursions (it also advises that they may change). I am heading to Boston in June and I would not leave without this guide. I found this guide more user friendly than The Rough Guide to Boston. It details the main attractions in all areas and when it comes to shopping it even tells what each shops sells so you know exactly where to go before you arrive! The only complaint I have is that it didn't include the hostel I was staying in and it's one of only two in Boston.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Cridland on 21 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
Having just come back from four days in Boston, this book was my bible. Like a good guide book, you should read it before you go, and then keep it while you travel around. The maps are rubbish - as I write this review, Amazon are promoting a pop-out map to go with this, which I heartily recommend - but as a guide book it'll tell you where to go, where to eat, and how to do it all without any fuss. Definitely recommended.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Great book for Boston, but could be better for outside areas 8 Aug. 2001
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Format: Paperback
As are almost all lonely planet books, this is a great, GREAT book for covering the metro Boston area. I recommend it as THE book to use, especially if traveling to Boston. It goes into depth on all aspects of Boston culture, down to climate, money scams, and gay and lesbian tourists. Although the book doesn't explain every site on the walking tours, it does give an overall, helpful picture of the tours in general. It also tells about the hot clubs and places to go, with regular updates and good descriptions.
However, if you're looking for excursions outsiode of Boston, or are, like me, a new resident of Boston, you may not want to get this book, becauise it focuses on the Boston area. In that case, get Lonely Planet:New England, or a new resident's book. And for a shorter, cheaper version of this book, get Lonely Planet Boston:Condensed.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great place to start 3 Sept. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a great place to start if you don't know anything about Boston. It gives lots of interesting places and attractions to visit. Even thought most of the places mentioned by LP is concise and accurate, be warned that some of the "attractions" mentioned are over rated.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
waste of money 4 April 2007
By Tom Crossley - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am relocating to Boston and have been buying guides to do a bit of research on the city. The Lonely Planet Guide is by far the worse of those I have seen. The coverage of the city is spotty; large, interesting areas are left out, and when they are covered it's in a really haphazard manner.

I get the impression this book was created with the thought that it would be good to fill an empty niche in the Lonely Planet product line, with the underlying thought that a bad book was better than none. Steer clear.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
If you buy only one guide to Boston, this should be it 30 May 2006
By Jessica Lux - Published on
Format: Paperback
Hands down, the Lonely Planet guides win marks for layout and style. These are compact, information-packed guides which can be tucked in any pocket or bag as an on-the-go reference. Most other guide books are great arm chair references but completely impractical for traveling on the road.

The Lonely Planet Boston does not disappoint. It is glossy, full-color, packed with maps, and has a small footprint. It follows the tried-and-true Lonely Planet format: Facts for the Visitor, followed by Getting There and Getting Around practical information, followed by the sights, places to stay, places to eat, entertainment, and excursions out of the city proper. A mind-boggling amount of information is packed into this guide.

The guide opens with the obligatory History section, which is read only by delayed travelers desperate for reading material. The true gems of Boston history and cultural experience are spread throughout the book, as light green sidebars on topics such as The Big Dig, The Emerald Necklace of gardens, facts about the Boston Public Library, and profiles of influential citizens such as Mary Baker Eddy.

Activities and sights are organized by neighborhood, which makes planning things to accomplish in a day a bit easier. One great chapter labels Boston "America's Walking City" and lists dozens of walking routes through the region. One can take public transportation between different areas and then embark on several-hour-long walking tours.

The Lonely Planet Boston has a full index and fourteen crystal-clear, full-colored maps in the back. The maps alone are a reason to buy this book and stick it in your pack while you travel. Overall, this book is well worth the price, and if you only buy one book about Boston, it should be this one.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Amazing! 3 Jan. 2006
By Antony Witheyman - Published on
Format: Paperback
Ideal for people who wish to travel to Boston or people who live in Boston but want to pretend they are a tourist to impress a lady or deceive an enemy.
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