It can be captivating to wander leisurely, temporarily lost, in an unfamiliar place. But if time is limited, and you want to hit a city's hotspots quickly and easily, Knopf MapGuides really deliver. An information-rich, city map series that demystifies major burgs from Bangkok to Boston, these are fit-in-your-pocket, durable guides featuring fold-out maps, color photography and lists of must-see sights for dining, imbibing, museum- and monument-hopping, and shopping. Knopf MapGuides: Boston, by Mollie Chen, will have you bopping around town like a local. Six easily decipherable maps (plus an overall city map with four pages of basic visitor information) orient travelers to the layout, flavor, history and highlights of Boston's unique districts; each map is accompanied by a district-specific little black book of bars, eateries, shopping, attractions and entertainments for all budgets. Site descriptions are evocative and succinct; the maps use a clear grid-referencing system; and the guide thoughtfully includes a city transportation map, a list of selected hotels and a thematic index to street names and sites.

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