Boston under the moon © Pear Biter
As one of the oldest settlements in the USA and the
largest city in New England, Boston has a wealth of history and
culture to offer. Despite the city's serious academic and
historical pedigree, a huge student population ensures a youthful
vibrancy that adds a totally different dimension to Boston's bygone
Cambridge lies across the Charles River and is the
largest college town in the world, synonymous with Harvard
University and founded in 1638. The neat, ivy-covered brick
buildings of the university grounds, the labyrinth of twisting
streets in the city centre, and the old architecture means Boston
is best explored by foot.
Referring to itself as the 'Walking City', it's
remarkably compact and centres on the country's oldest public park,
Boston Common. The Information Centre in Boston Common is the
starting point for two of the city's main attractions, which are,
in fact, walking tours.
The Freedom Trail explores the city's revolutionary
past and the birth of the modern American Republic, while the Black
Heritage Trail highlights Boston's place in black American history
and its role in anti-slavery.
Boston is an easy blend of historic charm and modern
convenience, with a busy street life and beautiful architecture,
green parks and gardens, skyscrapers and modern freeways, museums,
galleries, and colonial churches.
The city is home to the first public library, the
first public school and the first subway system in the US. It's the
site of the Boston Tea Party that started the Revolutionary War and
is the location of the Cheers bar, made famous by the popular TV
Sadly, both planes which crashed into the World Trade
Centre were on route from Boston, with many of those who died being
local residents. This tragedy hit the city particularly hard and
has only added to the famed patriotism of Bostonians.
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