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When visiting Boston and the greater area, you’ll feel a revolutionary spirit and sense of pride year-round. There’s a whole lot of historic ground to cover throughout this colonial New England city. Start by exploring the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail that will guide you through the many sites where much of American history was made including: the Paul Revere house; Old North Church, the steeple where Robert Newman and Captain John Pulling used lantern signals to inform Revere on movements of the British Army; the Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in America; and the Boston Common, the oldest park in the nation.
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You cannot think of Boston’s history without mentioning its impact on sports. Some of the most storied sports franchises call Boston home including the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and Patriots, who combined, hold 35 championships between them. Whether it is dribbling, throwing, sliding or passing, there is always some exhilarating action ready for you to experience.
If shopping is more up your alley, Boston is a shopper’s paradise with marquee locations including Newbury Street, Copley Place, Faneuil Hall, Beacon Hill, Harvard Square and Haymarket Square where you can find everything from high-fashion from top designers, fun souvenirs, or fresh food from local vendors.
Create your own site-seeing agenda by land or water. Grab a seat on Boston’s famous “DUCK” Tour that cruises throughout the city then glides into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines. The Boston Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour is a great way to sample the city, with stops at 20 of the city’s most popular attractions for you to explore.
Boston is home to some of the most renowned universities in the world including Harvard, Tufts, Boston College, Boston University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Spend an afternoon strolling through these renowned campuses where some of the most prominent scientific, business and political minds were nurtured. You may see famous alumni dropping by for a visit or see future students experiencing the campus first-hand.
Browse art pieces in Copley Place Shopping Galleries or at the Museum of Fine Arts, home to an extensive collection of works by Claude Monet. Stroll through Boston Public Garden, the nation's oldest botanical garden or get techy at the Museum of Science.
With all the foods named after New England and Boston, foodies won’t be let down in Bean Town. First savor some of the nation’s best seafood right out of the Boston Harbor: fresh oysters, lobster rolls and famous New England clam chowder. Don’t miss a stop at the North End, known as Boston’s “Little Italy,” to indulge in decadent pizza, pasta, and pastries.
After a day of sightseeing and great dining, rest and relax at one of our Best Western Boston hotels, equipped with all the comforts of home.
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