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Boston Skyline

Boston's skyline and Boston harbor.

Boston is one of the most interesting, exciting cities in the world which is why it's a favorite of both American and international travelers. In fact, Boston is the third most visited U.S. city by American tourists and the seventh most by foreign tourists according to Conde Nast Traveler. And why not, the combination of history, scenic beauty and culture in Boston & Cambridge is hard to beat.

Often referred to as the Hub of New England, Boston provides a combination of American history, culture, architecture, scenic beauty and international flavor found in few places in the world. Nowhere else is history so happily wed with the present. Boston is a paradise for history buffs, shoppers and connoisseurs of dining and culture. The city's diverse neighborhoods, old world atmosphere, international flavor and rich colonial heritage are evident throughout the city.

Boston is also "compact", a much smaller physical area than London or New York. This makes it a wonderful walking city, and areas of interest are easily reachable on the convenient subway train network, known as the "T", which travels around Boston, and areas outside the city, such as the North and South Shores. Moreover, the "walkability" is highlighted in the highly acclaimed walking tours, such as the Freedom Trail, the Black Heritage Trail, and Harborwalk .

There are museums and exhibits of all descriptions in Boston as well. The truth is, you could stay here for a month and still not see them all. If you're like the average visitor who stays for 3-5 days, here are some of our "must see" sights.

The Hancock Observatory , located at 200 Clarendon Street is on the 60th floor of the Hancock Building, Boston's tallest building. From this vantage point, you'll see stunning views of the city and surrounding areas. The Hancock Building became famous during its construction when, because the building was twisting in the wind, its huge windows started popping out and crashing to the ground. Not to worry, they fixed the problem. The Hancock Observatory is open all year, a fee is charged, and it's handicap accessible.

The Bunker Hill Monument

The Bunker Hill Monument is another popular historic site located in Charlestown, Massachusetts.

The Prudential Building's Skywalk Tower is located at 800 Boylston Street. At 52 floors, the "Pru" as it's known to Bostonians was the city's tallest building until the "new" Hancock Building won top honors. The Skywalk is touted as Boston's only 360-degree view, as the observatory runs around all sides of the building. In addition to fantastic views, the Skywalk offers maps which show you what you're looking at. The Skywalk Tower is open all year, a fee is charged and it's handicap accessible. Whether you choose this one or the Hancock, both are definitely well worth the ascent.

The Boston Public Garden & Freedom Trail are major attractions that can be explored together. You can start the Freedom Trail at the Public Garden, where you can pick up a map at the visitor center. The Freedom Trail is one of Boston's leading attractions. The 2.5 mile trail is marked by a wide red line, and takes you by a number of historic houses and sites.

The Boston Public Garden is a wonderful open space in the middle of the city and a "must do". Wide walkways traverse the garden where you'll see flower gardens, statues, and people reading the newspaper, conversing or throwing a Frisbee. There are lots of benches if you want to bring a book or just rest awhile and enjoy the scenery. Another "must do" is riding the world famous Swan Boats in the middle of the garden. The Public Garden is conveniently located near Copley Square, the State House and many other attractions.

The Boston Red Sox are New England's boys of summer, and the park they play in Fenway Park is one of the few remaining shrines of sport. Fenway Park is a truly beautiful baseball park, and if you've never been there, visiting it is worth the ticket price alone.

The Museum of Science is one of the best family science exhibits anywhere in the country. In addition to the many fascinating exhibits, there are always great presentations at the IMAX Omni Theater, which features a spectacular four-story screen. You might want to call ahead to make reservations for the Omni Theater presentation. It's a separate admission and presentations are given at certain times, so you'll have to plan the rest of your visit around the show.

Statue of Paul Revere

This statue of Paul Revere is on the Freedom Trail.

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum located on Columbia Point in the Dorchester section of Boston, presents the President's life and times told in a variety of exhibits, video presentations and replications. This is a very popular and impressive take for visitors and natives alike.

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The most popular part of Cambridge for visitors is Harvard Square. A busy area packed with clubs, theaters, shops, and colleges, Harvard Square is a mecca for the intellectual, the student and the casual observer of life. It's a exciting place to walk around with much to see and do. One of its major features, of course, is Harvard University. The campus of America's oldest, and perhaps most prestigious university is quite impressive and interesting. It's advisable to take a planned tour of the campus, rather than attempting to walk around its sprawling grounds on your own.

While you're in Harvard Square, be sure to make time to visit the Harvard University Museums , which are a group of museums, each dealing with a different subject, from zoology to archaeology. They're all fascinating, and a great part of your visit to Cambridge.

There are a number of additional attractions in the Boston area. To quickly find attractions, restaurants and shops, use the Find Attractions search engine. Boston & Cambridge have a number of world-class hotels, in addition to quaint B&Bs and a large number of other lodgings. To quickly locate lodgings, use the Find Lodging search engine to quickly find those that suit your individual needs.

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