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Contact the city and state tourism offices for general information, details about seasonal events, discount passes, trip planning, and attraction information. The National Park Service has an office where you can watch an eight-minute slide show on Boston's historic sites and get maps and directions. The Welcome Center, Boston Common Visitor Information Center, and the Cambridge Tourism Office offer general information.
Boston Common Visitor Information Center (148 Tremont St., where Freedom Trail begins, Downtown, Boston, MA, 02108. 888/733–2678. www.thefreedomtrail.org/visitor/boston-common.html.)
National Parks Service Visitor Center (Faneuil Hall, Downtown, Boston, MA, 02109. 617/242–5642. www.nps.gov/bost.)
Cambridge Tourism Office (4 Brattle St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge, MA, 02138. 800/862–5678 or 617/441–2884. www.cambridge-usa.org.)
Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau (2 Copley Pl., Suite 105, Back Bay, Boston, MA, 02116. 888/733–2678 or 617/536–4100. www.bostonusa.com.)
Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (State Transportation Bldg., 10 Park Plaza, Suite 4510, Back Bay, Boston, MA, 02116. 800/227–6277 or 617/973–8500. www.massvacation.com.)
Boston.com, home of the Boston Globe online, has news and feature articles, ample travel information, and links to towns throughout Massachusetts. The Improper Bostonian, has nightlife, movie, restaurant, and arts listings. The Bostonian Society answers some frequently asked questions about Beantown history on its website. The iBoston page posts wonderful photographs of buildings that are architecturally and historically important. WickedLocal provides a more relaxed (and somewhat irreverent) take on Boston news and information.
Bostonian Society (bostonhistory.org.)
The Improper Bostonian (www.improper.com.)
Wicked Local (www.wickedlocal.com.)
Transportation Security Administration (www.tsa.gov.)