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Boston Introduction


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Boston, Massachusetts, is inundated with visitors every year and for good reason: It's partly a walkable historic park (especially the Freedom Trail) and partly a modern waterfront metropolis (the "Hub of New England") with no lack of things to do once darkness descends. Fenway Park—one of the nation's most hallowed baseball stadiums—is a destination in itself.  Click here to see the full Boston travel guide on Travel42 »

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Boston Geography


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Although its main attractions are in a relatively compact area compared to other large cities, Boston is made up of distinct districts. Knowing where the most popular ones lie will help you find your way.  Click here to see the full Boston travel guide on Travel42 »

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Boston History


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The Boston area was inhabited by several Wampanoag tribes before the arrival of Europeans, who brought with them various diseases and an ambition for land that greatly reduced the Native Americans' numbers. The first permanent English colonists, led by separatist (from the Anglican church) John Winthrop, settled in 1630 and named their settlement after the city of Boston, England. Winthrop's ambition, as he said in his shipboard sermon "A Modell of Christian Charity" (1630), was to create a place of great virtue, "as a city upon a hill."   Click here to see the full Boston travel guide on Travel42 »

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Boston Sightseeing & Things to Do


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The best way to see Boston is on foot. The city has preserved many important buildings and sites and has created walking tours that make it easy and enjoyable to visit places that bring U.S. history to life. The Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mi/4-km walking trail that runs from Boston Common through the North End to Charlestown, takes you to the city's most famous historical sites. Bunker Hill, the Old North Church and the Paul Revere House are just a few of the stops on the trail. Most sites are open 9 am-5 pm daily. Many provide guided tours or talks, and some charge a small admission fee. See the official website for more information. http://www.cityofboston.gov/freedomtrail.  Click here to see the full Boston travel guide on Travel42 »

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Boston Nightlife


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Whether it's because of the TV show Cheers or the city's Irish heritage, most visitors expect to find a lot of taverns in Boston. A lot there are, but in the heavily touristed areas, you may have to do a little hunting to find a traditional neighborhood-style place. (The pub that inspired the sitcom Cheers no longer fits that category, having become a tourist attraction.) Most in the popular Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market areas are theme pubs, although a few genuine Irish ones still hold their own.  Click here to see the full Boston travel guide on Travel42 »

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Boston Restaurants & Dining


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Seafood reigns supreme in Boston (you must try New England clam chow-dah). Generally, we recommend eating any seafood that's presented to you, but go out of your way to find fresh lobster or steamed clams.   Click here to see the full Boston travel guide on Travel42 »

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