Boston Hotels & Holidays
USA, North America
Boston, Massachusetts is the birthplace of the American Revolution and the famous Boston Tea Party. As a result there are numerous historical landmarks throughout the city and surrounding area that are sure to satisfy both visitors with a casual interest and dedicated history buffs. Boston also has a varied landscape of architecture from modernist to neoclassical, to unique American styles such as Federalism and Richardsonian Romanesque.
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Boston, with its rich history, is host to a multitude of museums and galleries. It would take a long time to explore all that the city had to offer, so you may want to pick and choose. For kids and fun interactive exhibits, there is the Boston Children's Museum, while the Commonwealth Museum offers insight into America and Boston's rich history, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts is famous for offering some famous contemporary artists like Georgia O'Keefe, Andy Warhol, and Picasso some of their first opportunities to show in the U.S. Other museums and galleries include the Museum of African American History that chronicles the history of the community in New England, and the Museum of Fine Arts with almost 450 000 exhibits.
Boston has plenty of touchstones of its past scattered around the city and one of the more interesting ways to explore these sites is to take the Freedom Trail, a 4km red-brick walking trail taking in sixteen historical sites, including the historic Boston Common, the oldest park in the U.S. where British troops rallied in 1775. Other icons include the Granary Burying Ground, Paul Revere's House, and the USS Constitution, an old battleship whose copper fittings were worked on by Paul Revere himself. The Constitution has a crew of 70 and still gets taken out for a tour of Boston Harbour a few times every year.
If you get tired of touring the city take the opportunity to experience a sports game. Bostonians are great sports fans with franchises including the Red Sox, The Boston Bruins, and the Celtics.
The town of Harvard lies 45-minute drive from the city. Fruitland Museum has galleries and exhibits in a rustic and picturesque setting. One of the buildings is an old Shaker building, this proselytizing religious community had a settlement nearby; but due to their emphasis on non-procreation, their settlement faded away in 1850. Nearby is the historic campus of Harvard University in Cambridge; and the world's largest naval museum, Battleship Cove.
About a hundred kilometres from Boston is Wells State Park with 10 miles of hiking trails, camping, and a lake for swimming and canoeing. It is an ideal place to explore the scenic interior of Massachusetts.