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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Philadelphia & the Pennsylvania Dutch Country Paperback – January 12, 2016
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The recommendations given by this guide for lodging and restaurants were largely spot-on. I ended up being quite pleased with our hotel (actually exceeded my expectations) and many meals we had while there. My only complaint is wishing it had been more directive about the cheesesteak restaurants. There were three mentioned without any real recommendation. Only later in our trip did we find out that the one we selected was very geared toward tourists and one of the other three favored by the locals. That distinction would have been helpful as we would have made a different choice.
The maps are good with both a large, fold-out map of the entire city along with more detailed maps embedded throughout showing specific areas and neighborhoods.
Where I found this guide to not be as good as the one we normally use was when it came to sightseeing spots. It's a very inclusive list of all the things to see and do in the city but relies primarily on providing a description of the sight. It doesn't give you any idea of what you can actually do there or how much time you should allot for being there. For example: The Barnes Foundation. Good, concise explanation of what it is and its history, but no helpful hints about how long it would typically take to go through it, no mention of good eateries near by, advice on people needing any type of assistance, etc. I am not sure I would have known how much it was lacking in this area had I not had exposure to a guide that did all those things. That one typically tells you what to skip, what kids might enjoy, places closeby to eat, etc. which I find to be very helpful.
Bottom line: I prefer my regular guide series to this one. This book provided a lot of good information as a starting-off point, but I had to work a lot harder and do more online research to get information that I needed to make the trip go smoothly. A good resource, but not a fabulous one.