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  • Top Attractions

    The world’s oldest commissioned warship, dubbed "Old Ironsides" for its seemingly impenetrable oak hull, was launched in 1797. See hulking masts, 52... Read more

  • Boston Today

    Boston is the undisputed epicenter of American history. Much of the political ferment that spawned the nation took place here, and visitors are... Read more

  • Like a Local

    Locals mark off the seasons by checking the sports lineup. The "Boys of Summer" arrive each spring, and the Bruins come out of hibernation in the... Read more

  • Family Favorites

    Costs add up when you’re traveling with kids, so do your wallet a favor and download a "Family Friendly ValuePass" (www.bostonusa.com/greatdeals). You can use it to snag discounts for more... Read more

  • Free or Almost Free

    Freedom may not be free, but the Freedom Trail is. So are 13 of the 16 attractions lining its route. The Massachusetts State House, for instance,... Read more

  • Back Bay Art and Architecture Walk

    Back Bay’s hub, embraces a range of architectural styles from Romanesque Revival to Bauhaus-inspired skyscrapers. Fairmount Copley Plaza Hotel's... Read more

  • Boston Tours Worth Trying

    On Location Tours. On Location Tours (formerly Boston Movie Tours) takes you to Boston's television and movie hot spots like the South Boston of... Read more

  • Boston's Sweet Spots

    Some of the tastiest sweets in Boston come from Bread + Butter, a French-inspired bakery in the North End (64 Cross St. 617/248–6900). Through... Read more

  • Following Boston's Freedom Trail

    More than a route of historic sites, the Freedom Trail is a 2½-mile walk into history, bringing to life the events that exploded on the world... Read more

  • The Black Heritage Trail

    Until the end of the 19th century, the north side of opulent Beacon Hill contained a vibrant free black community—more than 8,000 at its... Read more

  • Paul Revere's Ride

    Test: Paul Revere was (1) a patriot whose midnight ride helped ignite the American Revolution; (2) a part-time dentist; (3) a silversmith who... Read more

  • Boston's Freedom Trail

    The Freedom Trail is more than a collection of historic sites related to the American Revolution or a suggested itinerary connecting Boston’s... Read more

  • The Houses of Boston's Back Bay

    The Back Bay remains a living museum of urban Victorian–residential architecture. The earliest specimens are nearest to the Public Garden (there... Read more

  • South End's Prestige Lost

    Not long after its conception in the mid-1800s, the South End, somewhat unfairly, lost its elite status to the Back Bay. The literature of the time... Read more

  • Cambridge and Its Universities

    Cambridge dates from 1630, when the Puritan leader John Winthrop chose this meadowland as the site of a carefully planned village he named Newtowne.... Read more

  • It's Hip to Be Square

    In Cambridge, any commercial area where three or more streets meet in a jumble of traffic and noise has been dubbed a "square." (There are literally... Read more

  • Boston's Student Eats

    As you wander through Cambridge it's safe to assume that almost every other person on the street attends a nearby institute of higher learning.... Read more

  • Kid-Friendly Hotels in Boston

    Almost every Boston hotel allows kids, but a few go out of their way to make little ones feel welcome. The Fairmont Copley Plaza ’s resident... Read more

  • Major Shopping Districts

    Boston’s shops and department stores are concentrated in the area bounded by Quincy Market, the Back Bay, and Downtown. There are plenty of... Read more

  • Major Shopping Districts

    Harvard Square is the place to go for upscale clothes, jewelry, beauty aids, and anything "Harvahd." The best word to describe some of the shops in... Read more

  • Lodging Alternatives

    Hotels are an obvious lodging choice, but they aren’t your only option; there are plenty of other ways to stay in Boston, some with much more... Read more

  • Boston Food Classics

    Not for nothing did Boston become known as the home of the bean and the cod: simple Yankee specialties—many of them of English origin—and... Read more

  • Top Chef Travels: Ming Tsai's Boston

    Ming Tsai has made a name for himself as the premier chef of East-West cuisine. As owner and chef of Wellesley-based Blue Ginger restaurant and Fort... Read more

  • Great Boston Chain Restaurants

    If you're on the go, you might want to try a local chain restaurant, where you can stop for a quick bite or get some takeout. The places listed here... Read more

  • Cold Comforts

    Bostonians eat more ice cream per capita than anyone else in the United States, according to an oft-repeated—though difficult to verify—factoid.... Read more

  • The Boston Marathon

    Though it missed being the first U.S. marathon by one year (the first, in 1896, went from Stamford, Connecticut, to New York City), the Boston... Read more

  • Candlepin Bowling

    Pool halls in Boston make a popular winter refuge for teens and university students (though some have age requirements of over 18 or 21). Forget... Read more

  • Frugal Fun

    The nightlife and arts options listed are worth their weight in gold. Yet if you’re feeling the pinch, you can be entertained without dropping a... Read more

  • Boston's North End Food Tour

    The neighborhood is so densely packed with authentic Italian eateries (there are more than 85 lining just a few blocks) that it's nearly... Read more

  • Blue-Law Blues

    Why do Boston bars close so early? Something of the old Puritan ethic of the Massachusetts Bay Colony lingers in the so-called "blue laws" that... Read more

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