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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 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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  • 4. Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This lively museum offers an interactive look at the past in a place as close as possible to the actual spot where the Boston Tea Party took...Read More

  • 5. 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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  • 6. 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

  • 7. Old North Church

    North End | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    At one end of the Paul Revere Mall is a church famous not only for being the oldest standing church building in Boston (built in 1723) but for...Read More

  • 8. Old State House

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This colonial-era landmark has one of the most recognizable facades in Boston, with its State Street gable adorned by a brightly gilded lion...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. Trinity Church

    Back Bay | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In his 1877 masterpiece, architect Henry Hobson Richardson brought his Romanesque Revival style to maturity; all the aesthetic elements for...Read More

  • 11. 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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  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Boston National Historical Park

    Information Center

    A 7,400-square-foot NPS visitor center at Faneuil Hall features history exhibits, a film-screening area, and a bookstore. It's the starting...Read More

  • 16. Cathedral of the Holy Cross

    South End | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This enormous 1875 Gothic cathedral dominates the corner of Washington and Union Park streets. The main church of the Archdiocese of Boston...Read More

  • 17. Central Burying Ground

    Beacon Hill | Cemetery

    The Central Burying Ground may seem an odd feature for a public park, but remember that in 1756, when the land was set aside, this was a lonely...Read More

  • 18. Copley Square

    Back Bay | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Every April thousands find a glimpse of Copley Square the most wonderful sight in the world: this is where the runners of the Boston Marathon...Read More

  • 19. Copp's Hill Burying Ground

    North End | Cemetery

    An ancient and melancholy air hovers like a fine mist over this Colonial-era burial ground. The North End graveyard incorporates four cemeteries...Read More

  • 20. Ebenezer Clough House

    North End | House/Mansion/Villa

    Built in 1712, this house is now the only local survivor of its era aside from Old North Church, which stands nearby. Picture the streets lined...Read More

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