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EYEWITNESS TRAVEL

BOSTON

EYEWITNESS TRAVEL

BOSTON MAIN CONTRIBUTORS: TOM BROSS, PATRICIA HARRIS, AND DAVID LYON

CONTENTS HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE 6 PROJECT EDITOR Marcus Hardy ART EDITOR Nicola Rodway EDITOR Simon Hall U.S. EDITOR Mary Sutherland DESIGNERS Elly King, Nikala Sim MAP CO-ORDINATORS Dave Pugh, Casper Morris DTP Maite Lantaron PICTURE RESEARCHER Brigitte Arora PRODUCTION Michelle Thomas CONTRIBUTORS

Tom Bross, Brett Cook, Patricia Harris, Carolyn Heller, David Lyon, Juliette Rogers, Kem Sawyer PHOTOGRAPHERS

Demetrio Carrasco, Linda Whitwam ILLUSTRATORS

Stephen Conlin, Gary Cross, Richard Draper, Chris Orr & Associates, Robbie Polley, John Woodcock MAPS

Ben Bowles, Rob Clynes, Sam Johnston, James Macdonald (Colourmap Scanning Ltd) Reproduced by Colourscan, Singapore Printed and bound by South China Printing Co. Ltd., China First American Edition, 2001 11 12 13 14 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Published in the United States by DK Publishing, 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014 Reprinted with revisions 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

Copyright © 2001, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited, London

Tiffany window in the Arlington Street Church, Back Bay

INTRODUCING BOSTON FOUR GREAT DAYS IN BOSTON 10

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. WITHOUT LIMITING THE RIGHTS UNDER COPYRIGHT RESERVED ABOVE, NO PART OF THIS PUBLICATION MAY BE REPRODUCED, STORED IN OR INTRODUCED INTO A RETRIEVAL SYSTEM, OR TRANSMITTED, IN ANY FORM, OR BY ANY MEANS (ELECTRONIC, MECHANICAL, PHOTOCOPYING, RECORDING, OR OTHERWISE) WITHOUT THE PRIOR WRITTEN PERMISSION OF BOTH THE COPYRIGHT OWNER AND THE ABOVE PUBLISHER OF THIS BOOK.

Published in Great Britain by Dorling Kindersley Limited.

PUTTING BOSTON ON THE MAP 12 THE HISTORY OF BOSTON 16

A CATALOG RECORD IS AVAILABLE FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS.

ISSN 1542-1554 ISBN 978-0-75666-973-7 Front cover main image: The red brick Old State House, Boston, Massachusetts

The information in every DK Eyewitness Travel Guide is checked regularly.

Every effort has been made to ensure that this book is as up-to-date as possible at the time of going to press. Some details, however, such as telephone numbers, opening hours, prices, gallery hanging arrangements, and travel information are liable to change. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for any consequences arising from the use of this book, nor for any material on third party websites, and cannot guarantee that any website address in this book will be a suitable source of travel information. We value the views and suggestions of our readers very highly. Please write to: Publisher, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, Dorling Kindersley, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, Great Britain, or email: [email protected] Rowes Wharf, part of new development along Boston’s waterfront

Federal-style houses, Beacon Hill district (see pp42–5)

BOSTON AT A GLANCE 26 BOSTON THROUGH THE YEAR 34

BOSTON AREA BY AREA BEACON HILL AND WEST END 40 OLD BOSTON AND THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT 54 NORTH END AND THE WATERFRONT 66 CHINATOWN AND THE THEATER DISTRICT 78

View of the Back Bay skyline, with the John Hancock Tower (see p97)

TRAVELERS’ NEEDS

SURVIVAL GUIDE

WHERE TO STAY 130

PRACTICAL INFORMATION 174

RESTAURANTS, CAFÉS, AND BARS 138

TRAVEL INFORMATION 180

SHOPPING IN BOSTON 152

BOSTON STREET FINDER 186

ENTERTAINMENT IN BOSTON 158

GENERAL INDEX 192

SPORTS AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES 164

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 205

CHILDREN’S BOSTON 168

Pumpkins for sale, a regular sight in the fall

Memorial Church steeple, Harvard Yard (see pp110–11)

BACK BAY AND SOUTH END 88 FARTHER AFIELD 100 THREE GUIDED WALKS 120

Trinity Church, Back Bay (see pp94–5)

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HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE

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his guide will help you get the most from your visit to Boston, providing expert recommendations and detailed practical information. The opening section, Introducing Boston, maps the city and sets it in its geographical, historical, and cultural context. Boston at a Glance is an overview of the city’s main attractions. Section two, Boston Area by Area, starts on page 38 and describes all the important

sights plus three recommended walks, using maps, photographs, and detailed illustrations. The sights are arranged in two groups: those in Boston’s central districts, and those a little farther afield. Tips for hotels, restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and sports can be found in Travelers’ Needs, while the final section, Survival Guide, contains practical advice on everything from public transportation and telephones to personal safety.

Window at First Baptist Church (see p92)

FINDING YOUR WAY AROUND THE SIGHTSEEING SECTION Each of the six sightseeing areas is colorcoded for easy reference. Every chapter opens with an introduction to the area it covers, describing its history and character. For central districts, this is followed by a

  

Street-by-Street map illustrating a particularly interesting part of the area; for sights farther away, by a regional map. A simple numbering system relates sights to the maps. Important sights are covered by several pages.

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BOSTON AREA MAP     

The colored areas shown on this map (see inside front cover) are the five main sightseeing areas of central Boston (excluding the Farther Afield section.) Each is covered in a full chapter in the Boston Area by Area section (pp39–127). The areas are also highlighted on other maps throughout the book. In Boston at a Glance (pp26–37), for example, they help you to locate the most important sights that no visitor should miss. The maps’ colored borders match the colored thumb tabs at the top corner of each page.





  

     

    

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