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Boston’s cobbled streets, gas lamps and fine public buildings make for a charming city which delights and surprises its many visitors. America’s “mother city” pays homage to England with its Victorian architecture and remains one of the few American cities, which is easily accessible on foot. Don’t miss out on modern Boston with its skyscrapers, which reflect historic buildings – a combination which only Boston can boast.
Boston is very much a walking city and even if you plan to drive around New England, you will be well-advised to pick your car up as you depart rather than planning to use it whilst in the city. The “T” is the best way of covering longer distances - this is a network of subways, elevated trains and trams which operate throughout the city. For sightseeing, you can also take the Old Town Trolleys which allow you to “hop on and hop off” as you wish.
A shopper’s paradise! Boston’s most famous department store is Filene’s – try the Basement for some great bargains or visit Quincy Market with its trendy boutiques and gift stores whilst Beacon Hill is a great area for browsing around little antique stores.
Eating out in Boston is a delight. It has come a long way from clam chowder and grilled fish, although to miss out on this when in Boston would be a travesty. Downtown, you will find some of the trendiest restaurants where the dress code is smart. In more relaxed Cambridge, jeans and a tee shirt are perfectly acceptable. Boston is filled with bustling, lively bars, but it also offers culture in the form of numerous theatres and concert halls.
Freedom Trail: Follow the red brick (or paint) line that connects Boston’s 16 most important historical and colonial sites. Maps for this 2 mile, self-guided walk are available from the Visitors Information Centre on Boston Common.
Boston Common and Public Garden: The oldest in America, established in 1634, now a place for music, baseball, skate boarding and many other special events during the year.
Back Bay/Beacon Hill: Upmarket and historic Boston filled to the brim with Victorian architecture, brick town houses and gas lamps.
U.S.S. Constitution: ‘Old Ironsides’ is the US Navy’s oldest ship and proud winner of 42 sea battles with the British in the war of 1812.
John F. Kennedy Library and Museum: A memorial to Boston’s most famous son, it has a collection of Kennedy memorabilia.
Tea Party Ship and Museum: A full size working replica of one of the original Boston Tea Party ships where you too can throw tea into the harbour.
Old State House: Earliest known public building in Boston housing a museum of Boston’s history.
Old North Church: The oldest church in Boston. In 1775 two lanterns were hung from its steeple to warn citizens across the harbour that the English army were on the move.
Harvard: Across the Charles River in Cambridge is the renowned Harvard University.