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You're Going to Love Boston

The birthplace of the American Revolution, the 'Cradle of Liberty', home of the first Thanksgiving, the place that founding father John Winthrop called 'the shining city on the hill' and the 'Athens of America', Boston is a city of many faces.

It's also a friendly and beautiful destination that extends a warm welcome to visitors, making it the ideal choice for romantic city breaks or long, relaxing vacations. And, there's so much to do! Linger in some of the world's finest seafood restaurants, shop in some of the best stores and malls on the East Coast or see the largest collection of Monet paintings outside Paris at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Boston's magnificent architecture recalls over 400 years of history and innovation. Explore the Freedom Trail and see the site of the infamous Boston Tea Party or the Battle of Bunker Hill as you learn more about the city's impressive history. Alternatively, take a sailboat tour of the harbor and see the modern downtown skyline from a different angle.

Boston has the cleanest harbor in the US and its parks, gardens and outdoor spaces are second to none. It's a city for sports fans and families, couples and history buffs, gourmets and culture vultures. In fact, there are hundreds of compelling reasons to plan your stay in the Massachusetts state capital.

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When to Visit Boston

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Boston is a great choice at any time, so when you choose to visit will depend on what you plan to see and do. There are events and festivals all year round and some of the most popular include the oldest marathon in the world in April, the Fourth of July fireworks and First Night, the city's amazing New Year celebration. Summer, from May to September, is the most popular period for tourists as the days are warm and sunny and most of the city's attractions are open. However, visit in March and you'll catch one of the world's biggest St. Patrick's Day parades, or come to Boston in fall for the glorious fall foliage that transforms the city's parks and avenues.

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Where to Stay in Boston

Boston is known for its glamorous upscale hotels such as the Four Seasons Hotel Boston, the Fairmont Copley Plaza, the Ritz-Carlton Boston, the Mandarin Oriental Boston and the Sheraton Boston Hotel. They're ideal for that special break but you'll also find lots of affordable chain hotels, bed & breakfasts and mid-range hotels such as the Best Western Plus Boston Hotel, Boston Common Hotel and the Verb Hotel.

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Shopping Streets

Boston is the place to find everything from designer clothing to the latest electronic equipment. Newbury Street in Back Bay is often called the Rodeo Drive of the East and the most expensive stores are towards the Boston Common end. You can find all your favorite brands at the Copley Place and Prudential Center mall or the Cambridgeshire Galleria. Alternatively, visit Downtown Crossing for souvenirs, music stores and the Macy's department store.

Groceries and Other Necessities

There are lots of good supermarkets in the city as well as neighborhood groceries and mom and pop stores. Local favorites include Roche Bros, Mings Supermarket, and C Mart Supermarket and you'll pay $3.39 for a dozen large eggs and $0.94 for a quart of milk.

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Where to Eat in Boston

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the US and visitors will love eating in the country's oldest restaurant, the Union Oyster House. The iconic Downtown restaurant has been serving up the best clam chowder and New England fare since 1826. In fact, Boston really can't be beaten for seafood and Legal Sea Foods is another great option; find branches at Copley Place, State Street and Park Plaza. Forget the Cheers replicas and end the night with a beer or whiskey at the oldest continually serving bar in the US. The Bell in Hand Tavern was named by its first owner, Jimmy Wilson, in 1795. A town crier for 50 years, Jimmy reported on some of the city's most important events including the Boston Tea Party.

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