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Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and New England's largest city. The city is also among the most influential, wealthy and historic cities in the U.S. With a large number of historical attractions, live performances, museums and entertainment options, Boston receives more than 16.3 million tourists each year.

Boston's Back Bay area is upscale and trendy and has many good attractions like the Hynes Convention Centre, Copley Square and Prudential centre along with fine dining options. Beacon Hill has original bricks that date back to the early days of the city. It is also the location of the Massachusetts State House.

For great herbalists and excellent food, head to Chinatown, the fourth largest in the country. Dorchester is considered to be the most diverse neighbourhood of Boston. It has several good eateries along with attractions like UMass Boston and JFK Library.

Downtown Boston is the centre of shopping, businesses and tourism with attractions like Boston Common, Boston Public Garden, Freedom Trail and the Faneuil Hall. The financial district has trendy bars and plenty of restaurants. North End is an authentic Italian neighbourhood with a good range of Italian restaurants.

The Theatre District of Boston has many theatres and performance venues like the Colonial Theatre, Citi Performing Arts Centre and the Cutler Majestic Theatre. Boston celebrates many annual events like the Boston Early Music Festival, First Night and the Boston Arts Festival. On Fourth of July, festivities include fireworks by the Charles River, Boston Pops concert and many other events during the Harborfest.

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1. Freedom Trail
The trail starts from the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common
What is it? The 2.5-mile (4km) Freedom Trail follows a line of red bricks or a painted red line on the pavement linking 16 historic sights associated with the early struggle for freedom from British control and the events leading up to the revolution. Markers identify the stops and provide information from downtown to the North End to Charlestown and Bunker Hill Monument. Sights along the way include the Paul Revere House, Boston's oldest surviving house that was home to the famous revolutionary, and the nearby Old North Church where two lanterns were hung in the belfry to warn the revolutionaries of the British movements while Revere went on his famous horse ride to warn of imminent British attack. The elegant Old State House was the seat of British colonial government and where the Declaration of Independence was read in 1776. There is a museum of Boston history inside. At the Old South Meeting House Samuel Adams addressed the revolutionaries in the significant meeting prior to the Boston Tea Party and a circle of cobblestones marks the site of the Boston Massacre. In Charlestown the USS Constitution, known as 'Old Ironsides' is the oldest warship still afloat and was named after the sinking of the British frigate, HMS Guerriere during the war of 1812. Bunker Hill Monument is the site of the first formal battle of the America Revolution that was fought in 1775. Also along the trail is the beautiful white steeple of Park Street Church, the site of several important anti-slavery speeches, the Old Granary Burying Ground where a number of revolutionaries are buried, and the Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall that once was the meeting place for revolutionaries as well as a bustling marketplace. Although a complete self-guided trail, the National Park Service also conducts free tours with guides in historic costumes that cover some of the trail's highlights. Hours of Operation: Most sites along the trail are open daily from 9am to 5pm (10am to 4pm in winter) Phone:(617) 357 8300



2. Black Heritage Trail
The trail starts from the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common or at the Museum of Afro-American History at 14 Beacon Street, Suite 719
What is it? Today Beacon Hill brings to mind images of affluence and luxurious living, yet until the end of the 19th century it contained a community of free blacks and escaped slaves from the southern states who owned businesses, built houses and schools, and worshipped together in the churches. Although the black community has since shifted to other parts of Boston, the Black Heritage Trail covers 14 sites that are part of the local black history. Massachusetts was the first state to abolish slavery in 1783 due in part to the black participation in the Revolution. Beginning at the Boston Common there is a memorial to slave abolitionist Robert Shaw who led the first black regiment recruited during the Civil War. Various sites on Beacon Hill include homes of famous citizens, the city's first racially integrated public school with exhibits portraying the struggle for equal school rights, and a house that was part of the famous 'Underground Railroad', sheltering runaway slaves from their pursuers. The African Meeting House, part of the Museum of Afro-American History, is one of the most interesting sights and was the first black church in the United States, known as 'Black Faneuil Hall' during the anti-slavery campaign. It was here that famous abolitionist speeches were made and black people were called to take up arms in the Civil War. There is an informative audiovisual presentation in the gallery. Although this is a complete self-guided trail with brochures and maps provided by the Museum of Afro-American History, park rangers also give free daily two-hour tours, which start at the National Park Service Visitor Center. Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm; guided tours by appointment year round and 10am, 12pm, and 2pm (July and August) Phone:(617) 725 0022 (Museum of Afro-American History), or (617) 742 5415 (guided tours)



3. Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum
What is it? Moored to the bridge is the Beaver II, known as the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum, and one of the three ships stormed by patriots in 1773 as an act of rebellion against British rule and in particular against the new tax laws imposed on tea. A group of revolutionaries disguised as Mohawk Indians burst from the South Meeting House and boarded the ships that were loaded with tea. They emptied the crate contents into the harbour, an event that became known as the Boston Tea Party. The Beaver II is an exact replica of the original Beaver I and visitors can learn about the event on board the ship. *Note: The Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum is currently closed for renovations and plans to open again in mid-2007.* Hours of Operation: Phone:(617) 269 7150



Boston holidays - Top Events


1. St Patrick's Day

From 2007-03-18

To 2007-03-18

What is it? Boston boasts a long-standing Irish culture with Irish pubs a-plenty, and St Patrick's Day is a significant event in the city, featuring one of the biggest parties in America. It was here that the first St Patrick's Day was celebrated in 1737, and today green-clad families gather to enjoy the high-spirited celebrations. This year's parade is the 106th and features marching bands and pipe bands, and plenty of traditional costumes. The event takes place the day after St. Patrick's Day. Where is it? South Boston



2. Boston Harborfest

From 2007-06-28

To 2007-07-04

What is it? The six-day Boston Harborfest celebrates the nation's independence and the maritime and colonial heritage that is part of Boston's history. There are over 200 events, including re-enactments, concerts, historic walking tours, and parties, climaxing with the 4th of July orchestra and fireworks display over the Charles River. Main events include the Opening Ceremony, the Chowderfest and Children's Day. The festival is thought to be the largest celebration of patriotism in the country. Where is it? Historic downtown and waterfront districts, and City Hall Plaza



3. Boston Marathon

From 2007-04-16

To 2007-04-16

What is it? The oldest marathon in the world, and ranked as one of the most celebrated road racing events, the marathon sees 20,000 runners take to the streets of Boston every year. Entry is by qualification - would-be runners must complete a certified marathon in a qualifying time determined by age. Where is it?



4. First Night Boston

From 2006-12-31

To 2006-12-31

What is it? The oldest and largest New Year's Eve celebration in the country, First Night Boston features performances and entertainment at over 40 indoor and outdoor venues throughout the city. Highlights include ice sculptures, glittering fireworks displays, a Family Festival and the First Night Grand Procession, as well as a variety of theatre, dance, music, film and storytelling. Where is it? Various



5. Dragon Boat Festival

From 2007-06-08

To 2007-06-20

What is it? Apart from an energetic and rhythmic display of dragon boat racing, the festival taking place along the banks of the Charles River features traditional Chinese arts and crafts, Dragon dancing, Asian food, martial arts demonstrations and drumming. Where is it? Charles River




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