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History And Tradition – A Boston Tourism Guide

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Boston is one of America’s most popular and historic cities and a visit here allows you to experience over 200 years of history in the city often regarded as the birthplace of America. A walk along the two mile Freedom Trail takes in many of the most important sites associated with independence, including Paul Revere’s House, the Old State House and the Old North Church. It is not all history though – Boston has excellent shopping, museums, a passion for baseball and of course, some of the best seafood restaurants anywhere.

Boston has several museums, although two should not be missed. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has a wonderful collection of Impressionist paintings, as well as Asian, Egyptian and Medieval collections. Just as impressive is the Museum of Science, featuring hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays on such subjects as physics, the human body and computers. Other museums in the area are devoted to the life and times of John F. Kennedy, African-American history, the battleship USS Constitution and children and adults alike enjoy the Children’s Museum, one of the best anywhere.

The city is made up of diverse neighborhoods and any Boston tourism guide will tell you not to miss Beacon Hill, with its picturesque brownstone houses and narrow streets. The area was once home to Luisa May Alcott and Edwin Booth and nearby is Charles Street, famous for its shops, boutiques and restaurants. For excellent Italian food, visit the North End, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Boston Common was the country’s first public park and it makes a great place to escape from the city’s hectic pace for a while.

One of the city’s most popular sights is Faneuil Hall Marketplace, a shopping complex in several buildings and on stone and brick plazas. The food court is the place to buy gourmet foods of all kinds and even if you do not shop, there is usually plenty of impromptu outdoor entertainment taking place here. No visitor to Boston should miss the chance to take in a baseball game at Fenway Park, one of the most famous sporting venues anywhere, although tickets to a Red Sox game can be hard to come by.

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