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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 traditional...

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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...

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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...

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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 impossible...

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Boston Today

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Let Freebies Ring

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...

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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...

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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 peak...

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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...

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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...

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Be a Sport

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...

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USS Constitution

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

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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...

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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...

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Copley Square

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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