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  • 1. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    Jamaica Plain | Garden/Arboretum

    This 281-acre living laboratory established in 1872 in accordance with the terms of a bequest from New Bedford merchant James Arnold contains...Read More

  • 2. Boston Common

    Beacon Hill | Park/Playground

    Nothing is more central to Boston than the Common, the oldest public park in the United States and undoubtedly the largest and most famous of...Read More

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  • 3. Boston Public Garden

    Back Bay | Garden/Arboretum

    The Public Garden is America's oldest botanical garden, and is replete with gorgeous formal plantings. Keep in mind that the Boston Public Garden...Read More

  • 4. Boston Public Library

    Back Bay | Library/Archive

    This venerable institution is a handsome temple to literature and a valuable research library. The Renaissance Revival building was opened in...Read More

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  • 5. Bunker Hill Monument

    Charlestown | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Three misunderstandings surround this famous monument. First, the Battle of Bunker Hill was actually fought on Breed's Hill, which is where...Read More

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  • 6. Faneuil Hall

    Government Center | Information Center

    Faneuil Hall has always sat in the middle of Boston's main marketplace and, to be clear, the single building facing Congress Street is the real...Read More

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  • 7. Harvard Square

    Harvard Square | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Tides of students, tourists, political-cause proponents, and bizarre street creatures are all part of the nonstop pedestrian flow at this most...Read More

  • 8. Massachusetts State House

    Beacon Hill | Government Building

    On July 4, 1795, the surviving fathers of the Revolution were on hand to enshrine the ideals of their new Commonwealth in a graceful seat of...Read More

  • 9. Quincy Market

    Government Center | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Quincy Market, also known as Faneuil Hall Marketplace, is not everyone's cup of tea; some people prefer grit to polish, and disdain the shiny...Read More

  • 10. USS Constitution

    Charlestown | Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    Better known as "Old Ironsides," the USS Constitution rides proudly at anchor in her berth at the Charlestown Navy Yard. The oldest commissioned...Read More

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  • 11. USS Constitution Museum

    Charlestown | Museum/Gallery

    Artifacts pertaining to the USS Constitution are on display—firearms, logs, and instruments. One section takes you step by step through the...Read More

  • 12. Acorn Street

    Beacon Hill | Neighborhood/Street

    Surely the most photographed street in the city, Acorn is Ye Olde Colonial Boston at its best. Leave the car behind, as the cobblestone street...Read More

  • 13. Bay Village

    South End | Neighborhood/Street

    This pocket of early-19th-century brick row houses, near Arlington and Piedmont streets, is a fine, mellow neighborhood (Edgar Allan Poe was...Read More

  • 14. Beacon Street

    Beacon Hill | Building/Architectural Site

    Some New Englanders believe that wealth is a burden to be borne with a minimum of display. Happily, the early residents of Beacon Street were...Read More

  • 15. Benjamin Franklin Statue/Boston Latin School

    Downtown | Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    This stop on the Freedom Trail commemorates the famous revolutionary and inventor. His likeness also marks the original location of Boston Latin...Read More

  • 16. Blackstone Block

    North End | Neighborhood/Street

    Between North and Hanover streets, near the Haymarket, lies the Blackstone Block, now visited mostly for its culinary landmark the Union Oyster...Read More

  • 17. Boston Athenaeum

    Beacon Hill | Library/Archive

    It was William Tudor, one of the cofounders of the Boston Athenæum, who first compared Boston with Athens because of its many cultural and...Read More

  • 18. Boston Common Visitor Information Center

    Beacon Hill | Information Center

    This center, run by the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, is on the Tremont Street side of Boston Common. It's well supplied with...Read More

  • 19. Boston Massacre Site

    Downtown | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Directly in front of the Old State House a circle of cobblestones (on a traffic island) marks the site of the Boston Massacre. It was on the...Read More

  • 20. Boston Tea Party Site

    Downtown | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    The Boston Tea Party occurred on Atlantic Avenue near Congress Street. The area was once a wharf—further evidence of Boston's relentless expansion...Read More

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