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Boston is the capital as well as largest city in Massachusetts as well as the whole of New England. It is also one of the oldest cities in the United States. The city of Boston has a population of over 600,000. However the metropolitan area of Greater Boston is home to 4.5 million people, making it the 10th largest metropolitan area in the country.

Boston was founded by Puritan colonist from England in 1630. It became the focal point of the American Revolution. This is the site of the Boston Massacre of 1770, when five rioting civilians were killed when British troops. Three years later, a group of colonists in protest against the tea tax boarded ships laden with tea and threw the cargo overboard, in an incident known historically as the Boston Tea Party.

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Travel to Boston

The budget way of reaching Boston is by train or bus. You wouldn't want to drive or rent a car there, as parking is very expensive. By Train
If you wish to take the train to Boston, then you will be taking Amtrak. By Bus
Bus is probably the most economical way to reach Boston. The main operator is Greyhound Bus, Peter Pan Bus Lines and Megabus.

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By Plane
If you are flying in, you will be landing at Logan International Airport (BOS), the main airport for New England. You can fly there from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Amsterdam, among others, as well as numerous cities in the United States.

From the airport, take the MBTA Silver Line bus. It takes you to South Station, one of Boston's railway stations.

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Travel within Boston

The most convenient form of public transport in the Greater Boston area is provided by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, or MBTA. The MBTA operates buses, trains, the subway and boats.

I will provide more detail advise when I describe each of the tourist attraction in Boston (this is still work in progress). Once each description is ready, I will link it to the list of sights on the left column.

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Places of Interest in Boston

  1. Beacon Hill
    A historic Boston neighborhood which was favored by the wealthy during the 18th and 19th century.

  2. Black Heritage Trail
    Walking tour of sites associated with the free African-American community.

  3. Freedom Trail
    2.5-mile (4-km) walking trail of the heritage sites in Old Boston related to the history of the American Revolution.

  4. Museum of African American History
    Museum housed in the former First African Baptist church, the oldest extant African American church building in the United States.

  5. Boston Common & Public Garden
    Beautiful park covering 48 acres in Boston.

  6. Boston Athenaeum
    Palladian-style building housing the personal library of George Washington.

  7. Massachusetts State House
    Heritage building in Boston that served as the model for the US Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

  8. Park Street Church
    One of the most influential churches in the 19th century.

  9. Old Granary Burying Ground
    Historic cemetery where several famous people from American history were buried.

  10. Downtown Crossing
    Shopping precinct in downtown Boston.

  11. Theater District
    Precinct with high concentration of theaters in Boston.

  12. Chinatown
    The third largest Chinatown in the United States after San Francisco and New York City.

  13. Old South Meeting House
    Biggest meeting hall in 18th century Colonial Boston.

  14. King's Chapel & Burying Ground
    Christian Unitarian church in Boston.

  15. Old State House
    Seat of the British colonial government from 1713 to 1776 (see pic).

  16. Quincy Market
    A popular shopping and dining complex in Boston.

  17. Copp's Hill Burying Ground
    The second oldest cemetery in Boston, dating to 1659.

  18. Old North Church
    Officially Christ Episcopal Church, this is Boston's oldest religious building.

  19. Paul Revere Mall
    Brick-paved open plaza in the otherwise crowded North End neighborhood.

  20. Waterfront
    An area in Boston that has been developed with many attractions and heritage sites.

  21. New England Aquarium
    Aquarium at Central Wharf, Boston.

  22. Boston Tea Party Ships
    Replicas of the British East India Company ships involved in the Tea Party protest.

  23. Boston Children's Museum
    One of the best such museums in the country.

  24. Boston Trinity Church
    19th church that was voted as one of America's ten finest buildings.

  25. Copley Square
    Open space in Boston where public activities are held.

  26. John Hancock Tower
    Tallest building in Boston, on the southeastern side of Copley Square.

  27. Boston Public Library
    Italian Palazzo-style library building built in the 19th century.

  28. Newbury Street
    Upmarket shopping street of Boston.

  29. Commonwealth Avenue
    A grand boulevard lined with elegant townhouses.

Sights in Greater Boston

  1. John F. Kennedy Library & Museum
    Museum that chronicles the 1,000 days of the Kennedy presidency.

  2. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
    Venetian-style museum building with over 2,500 works of art ranging from Old Masters to Italian Renaissance pieces.

  3. Museum of Fine Arts
    Largest art museum in New England.

  4. Cambridge
    Town in Greater Boston that is home to Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  5. CharlestownHistoric town with picturesque streets, site of the Battle of Bunker Hill.

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