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San Francisco Insideout (Insideout City Guide: San Francisco) [Paperback]

Compass Maps
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Book Description

May 2003 Insideout City Guide: San Francisco
This portable, attractive city guide includes detailed PopOut maps, a 64-page Insider's Guide, a functional compass, and a pen to help you travel intelligently around San Francisco. A classic itinerary suggests how to best enjoy the city by the bay by highlighting 20 attractions, like the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf, described along with historical insights and an alphanumeric index corresponding to one of the helpful maps. Travelers can peruse 52 shops and services ranging from book stores to markets, designer boutiques, and folk art; 53 entertainment venues covering themes from opera and theatre to dance clubs and sporting arenas; and 50 varied restaurants covering a wide range of ethnic tastes, accompanied by a price guide. A concluding section provides transportation, weather, and regional information. The guide includes a Greater San Francisco and a downtown San Francisco PopOut map with an inset of Fisherman's Wharf.
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Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Compass Maps; Book&Map edition (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190476620X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904766209
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 14.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,101,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars compact useful book 25 April 2006
The best feature of this book is the pop-up map, which covers the main tourist part of the city and also has a map of golden Gate Park itself. You can also buy this map separately.

The actual travel book section here is very basic, but it does cover all the major attractions and has some info on places to eat and that sort of thing, but if your planning a big holiday there you might want to do a bit of research from other travel guides.

There's also a little compass, a pen and some note paper, which is always useful on holidays, and it's the perfect travel-size.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compact Functional AdventurePark in your Hand 15 Jun 2006
By Adam DeRidder - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book for my girlfriend for Christmas when she first mentioned that she wanted to go to San Francisco some day. She loved it. I did too. The quality is great - crisp white paper, eye-popping color in the photos and handy gadgets builtin to the book - a small but working compass is built into the spine of the book. A pen slide neatly down the inside. And, coolest of all, a tiny LED flashlight is built into the other end of the pen. We used every one of the features of this book in the 3 days we were there. When we got turned around in Chinatown, the little compass pointed us in the right direction. The pen came in handy for making lists of what we wanted to see. And the tiny flashlight was the most useful of all when I was taking some pictures of the Golden Gate after dark and couldn't see the settings on the camera. So cool!

Of course, who buys a guidebook for the free pen? You want pictures. They're here. You want maps - the book is published by The Map Group and the maps are as good as you'd expect. Probably the neatest thing is the origami folding job that fits a 8 inch by 12 inch map behind the cover of a book that fits in your back pocket. It's really wild to see it pop out at you when you tug on the corner.

I own a whole shelf of guidebooks and this one really stands out for the small size, paper and photo quality and the cool gadgets and maps. The content is good, plenty of ideas to browse looking for one that grabs you. Of course it is limited by the small size of the book so if you're looking for city history or a comprehensive list of attactions, you'll need to supplement with a larger companion guide. But take this one with you as you walk. You'll be happy you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Intelligent Design 11 Aug 2005
By AF Kat - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this pocket sized guide while visiting San Francisco for the first time and it has been the most helpful useful map i have ever used. The popout maps are convenient and easy to read and understand. The overall size of the book is perfect for my small pockets and I used the included pen to write out the details of a fabulous Chinese restaurant i found in the city, using the notepages in the back. The guide part of the book includes some interesting facts about the city as well as a selection of the most popular tourist sites and a selection of restaurants and buisnesses. I would say this is a must have for any city it is available for. Especially for people like me who have no sense of direction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything we needed 28 Feb 2005
By Claire47 - Published on Amazon.com
This guide is great. Now whenever we go somewhere, I look for the InsideOut Guide for that city. The suggested itineraries and restaurant recommendations were right on target. The maps are easy to read and nice and small. The whole book fit in my smallest purse - so handy. This book made exploring the city seem more manageable.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best guides!!! 15 July 2008
By Vicky - Published on Amazon.com
A friend of mine had this guide for NYC during a trip together and I loved it!
Before traveling to San Francisco I decided to get it as it is very easy to use and has everything you need!
I traveled by myself and I did get lost once but it was my own fault. With the attached compass is very easy to find your way, specially when the guide even has bus routes! By following the guide I was able to enjoy most major attractions in only 3 days!
It also comes with a pen and a light in case you find yourself in need of those. Great little (it's tiny!) book that I'll definitely look for everytime I travel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Comes in handy! 15 Oct 2005
By Gadget Geek - Published on Amazon.com
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I've purchased several Inside Out maps in the past, and finally picked up the San Francisco one. I'm a San Francisco resident, and know my way around this city fairly well, so didn't really need it. However, I find it is a timesaver. I keep it handy just in case friends from out of town visit, and I need to take them sight-seeing. Instead of having to think of places to go, I just lend them this guide, and let them pick their own destinations!

My only complaint would be that this guide doesn't do the city of San Francisco justice. There are just too many jewels to list!
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