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  • 1. Acorn Street

    Beacon Hill | Neighborhood/Street

    Often called the city's most photographed passageway, Acorn Street offers its visitors an iconic image of "historic Boston." Short, steep, and...Read More

  • 2. Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

    Waterfront | Island

    Comprising 34 tiny islands and peninsulas, this is one of the city's best hidden gems—and it's literally out of sight. Stretching from South...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Old North Church

    North End | Notable Building

    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

  • 5. Old State House

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This colonial-era landmark has one of the most recognizable facades in Boston, with its gable adorned by a brightly gilded lion and silver unicorn...Read More

  • 6. Back Bay Mansions

    Back Bay | Historic Home

    If you like nothing better than to imagine how the other half lives, you'll suffer no shortage of old homes to sigh over in Boston's Back Bay...Read More

  • 7. Beacon Street

    Beacon Hill | Notable Building

    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

  • 8. Chinatown Gate

    Chinatown | Notable Building

    Two foo lions ward off evil for those who pass through the massive, traditional paifang gate that signals your entrance to Chinatown. It was...Read More

  • 9. Custom House Tower

    Downtown | Notable Building

    One of Boston’s most recognizable buildings, the gorgeous 1847 Custom House resembles a Greek Revival temple and features an iconic tower that...Read More

  • 10. Exeter Street Theater

    Back Bay | Notable Building

    This massive Romanesque structure was built in 1884 as a temple for the Working Union of Progressive Spiritualists. Beginning in 1914, it enjoyed...Read More

  • 11. John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse

    Seaport | Notable Building

    Believe it or not, the public is welcomed in for a visit to this architectural wonder and federal house of justice. Galleries across the courthouse...Read More

  • 12. Old City Hall

    Downtown | Notable Building

    Built in 1865, Old City Hall is a historic site and served as the municipal seat of government for 38 of Boston's mayors, including famous ones...Read More

  • 13. Old Corner Bookstore

    Downtown | Notable Building

    Through these doors, between 1845 and 1865, passed some of the century's literary lights: Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry...Read More

  • 14. Old West Church

    Old West End | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1806 using the design of builder and architect Asher Benjamin, this imposing United Methodist church stands, along with the Harrison...Read More

  • 15. William Hickling Prescott House

    Beacon Hill | Historic Home

    Now a modest but engaging house museum, this 1808 Federal-style structure was designed by Asher Benjamin. From 1845 to 1859, it was the home...Read More

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