Massachusetts Travel Guide
Boston Centers of Interest
Boston , the capital of Massachusetts, is New England’s largest city and a paradise for walkers. In order to savor its history, follow the ***Freedom Trail, a 5 kilometer circuit which links the 16 historic sites of the city. Start at the Boston Common, the region’s oldest park.
- * Beacon Hill - With its' red brick houses, art galleries and distinctive stores and cafés, Louisburg Square is especially pleasant to visit.
- * Boston Common -
- Is the oldest park of the region (1634) and the starting point of Freedom Trail. Boston’s Tourist Information Center is located here . The monuments in the park commemorate the War of Independence and the Civil War.
- * Cambridge - A 95000 populated city situated close to Boston and home to the renowned University of Harvard. Founded in 1636 the University bears the name of its’ first benefactor, John Harvard, who at his death in 1638 donated his entire library and half of his fortune to the University.
- * Charlestown -
- You can access this district either by bridge or ferry. The location of the old dock is occupied by the Navy Yard. The war ship "USS Constitution" built in 1797 is preserved as a museum.
- * Children's Museum - Exhibitions, games and discovery.
- * Computer Museum - Dedicated to the development of Information Technology.
- * Faneuil Hall -
- The covered market, built in 1740 by Huguenot merchant Pierre Faneuil, was donated to the city with the condition that it remains a public site.
- * Hancock Tower - With its’ 60 stories, this building is the highest in the city.
- * Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - Collection of tapestries, furniture and sculptures.
- * Museum of Fine Arts - Collection d'art européen, asiatique et américain.
- * North End - Italian restaurants currently occupy one of the oldest and most interesting sections of the city.
- * Old State House Built in 1713 and renovated several times, it witnessed the Boston Massacres of 1770, when British soldiers panicked and shot into the crowd.
- * State House - Siege of the State of Massachusetts (1798).
Best of Boston
Grab some take-out scrod and hang with tourists and townies in Quincy Market, a bustling complex of oddball stores, fast-food restaurants and bars.
Harvard University Tour
The guides can be annoyingly cheerful, but it's worth taking a tour of this impressive if over-hyped bastion of Ivy-League education - if just for the oft-told tale about how the iconic John Harvard statue isn't really a likeness of John Harvard at all.
Durgin Park has been serving traditional Yankee fare such as pot roast and roast beef since 1827, and despite the grumpy waiters, locals still have rowdy fun at the restaurant's long, communal tables.
Watch a game in Fenway Park, the nation's most storied and quirkiest baseball stadium and home to the legendary Green Monster, Fenway's towering, 37-foot left-field wall.
Old North Church
It's disputed whether church sexton Robert Newman hung lanterns in Old North Church's steeple, warning Minutemen of British movements in the Revolutionary War, but the church is still worth a look for its eight old bells (the first cast in the New World) and ancient clock.
Harvard Square gets particularly lively on weekend nights, as a sometimes volatile mix of teen punks, religious zealots, musicians and students converge on the university's social center.
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***Cape Cod National Seashore
You'll be surprised how much Massachusetts has to offer in so small a state - great beaches, outdoor fun, fresh-caught seafood, major-league sports, and a wealth of cultural activities.