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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 Common

    Beacon Hill | City Park

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

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  • 3. 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

  • 4. Boston Public Garden

    Back Bay | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    America's oldest botanical garden is replete with gorgeous formal plantings; a 4-acre lagoon, famous since 1877 for its foot-pedal-powered ...Read More

  • 5. Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

    Fort Point Channel | Museum/Gallery

    Situated at the Congress Street Bridge near the site of Griffin's Wharf, this lively museum offers an interactive look at the past in a place...Read More

  • 6. Crane Beach on the Crane Estate


    The 1,200-acre Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, an hour's drive to the north of Boston in the 17th-century village of Ipswich, has 4 miles of...Read More

  • 7. Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

    Seaport | Museum/Gallery

    The ICA mounts temporary exhibits by the contemporary art world's brightest talents, as well as curated pieces from its permanent collection...Read More

  • 8. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

    Dorchester | Museum/Gallery

    The library-museum is both a center for serious scholarship and a focus for Boston's nostalgia for her native son. The stark, white, prowlike...Read More

  • 9. Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

    East Boston | Trail

    This 300-acre patch of remaining wetland environment is indicative of the salt marsh landscape that covered Boston when early settlers arrived...Read More

  • 10. Black Falcon Pier

    Seaport | Marina/Pier

    Surrounded by water on three sides, Black Falcon Pier is a stop on Boston's HarborWalk that seekers of amazing views won't want to miss. There...Read More

  • 11. Boston HarborWalk

    Seaport | Trail

    For the last 30-plus years, a number of agencies and organizations have been collaborating to create a waterfront walking path along Boston...Read More

  • 12. Castle Island

    South Boston | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Although it once was, Castle Island is no longer, well, an island. Today, this tip of South Boston is accessible by car and by foot from Day...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Esplanade

    Back Bay | Promenade

    Near the corner of Beacon and Arlington Streets, the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge crosses Storrow Drive to the 3-mile-long Esplanade and the Hatch...Read More

  • 15. HarborArts & The Shipyard Gallery

    East Boston | Marina/Pier

    Whimsical murals on cement barriers, colorful wooden chairs mounted on the outside wall of a commercial building, large-scale sculpture: together...Read More

  • 16. Hatch Memorial Shell

    Beacon Hill | Arts/Performance Venue

    Situated on the wonderfully scenic Charles River Esplanade, this acoustic and artful concert venue—100 feet wide and wood inlaid—annually hosts...Read More

  • 17. ICA Watershed

    East Boston | Museum/Gallery

    The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston's seasonal outpost first opened in 2018 after renovating a dilapidated former copper pipe facility...Read More

  • 18. Long Wharf

    Waterfront | Historic District/Site

    Stand in front of Faneuil Hall and you'll see lines on the ground marking Boston's original waterfront. Find State Street to your right and...Read More

  • 19. Madonna Queen National Shrine

    East Boston | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A 40-ish-foot golden and green statue of the Virgin Mary standing atop a globe dominates the Pope Paul VI Pilgrim Plaza that welcomes curious...Read More

  • 20. Piers Park

    East Boston | City Park

    Sandwiched between Marginal Street and Boston Harbor, the gorgeous, landscaped, waterfront Piers Park features a grassy, green retreat from...Read More

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