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  • The city of Boston stands at the mouths of the Charles and Mystic Rivers

  • at the East Coast of the United States of America.

  • Situated on the banks of Massachusetts Bay, Boston features a fine natural harbor.

  • Boston is a city that's been shaped by the sea,

  • but it's her people who have helped shape the history of the USA.

  • Since its inception in 1630, Boston has remained at the epicenter

  • of American political, social, and cultural life.

  • Every street corner, it seems, is a reminder of Boston's role

  • in The American Revolution.

  • Boston is a compact and highly livable city.

  • There are numerous options to explore Boston,

  • but the best way to discover the city is by foot -

  • it's nicknamed "the walking city" for good reason!

  • The Freedom Trail is a self-guided walking tour that's easy to pick up

  • wherever you see the distinctive red markings on the sidewalk.

  • The two-and-a-half-mile-long trail weaves its way past sixteen historic sites

  • that were instrumental in America's march to Independence.

  • The trail officially starts in Boston Common,

  • the oldest city park in America and the centerpiece

  • to a string of parks and gardens affectionately known as "Boston's Emerald Necklace".

  • Highlights of the trail include The State House,

  • with its gleaming gold dome, and the Granary Burying Ground,

  • the final resting place of Samuel Adams, Paul Revere,

  • and many of Boston's bravest sons and daughters.

  • Faneuil Hall, often referred to as "The Cradle of Liberty",

  • was the stage from which Samuel Adams and James Otis fanned the winds of Revolution.

  • And just behind are the Quincy and Faneuil Hall Markets,

  • two of Boston's most popular places to eat and hang out.

  • Stop by the 17th century home of Paul Revere,

  • the patriot immortalized for his famous all-night ride to Lexington,

  • warning that "the British were coming!"

  • Walking across the Charles River brings Freedom Trail walkers to the Bunker Hill Monument,

  • where the newly-formed colonial army first stood up to the Red Coats

  • in the American War of Independence.

  • The Trail concludes at one of the most beloved ships in the United States,

  • the USS Constitution.

  • Launched in 1797, "Old Ironsides" is the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat.

  • Everywhere along the waterfronts of Boston

  • we are reminded of the city's maritime connections;

  • this is a city with salt in its blood.

  • The harbor is also the place to jump aboard

  • the many scenic and whale watch cruises on offer,

  • or to sample the fruits of the sea - Boston's seafood is so fresh,

  • you'd swear it almost leapt onto your plate!

  • Once you've explored the Freedom Trail, it's time to simply follow your nose -

  • this is a great city to get lost in!

  • Beacon Hill, with its gas-lit streets and Federal-style rowhouses,

  • is one of Boston's most beautiful neighborhoods.

  • In Charles Street, it's easy to lose a few hours in the antique shops

  • hunting down the perfect souvenir of "Old Boston".

  • Newbury Street, in neighboring Back Bay,

  • is one of America's great shopping avenues,

  • featuring everything from exclusive emporiums to sidewalk stalls.

  • Back Bay also offers plenty of places to chill out and reflect, like Copley Square.

  • Or, you could even join a service in Trinity Church -

  • listed as one of the ten most significant buildings in the United States.

  • To get even closer to the heavens, and for the best views of Boston,

  • take the elevator to the Skywalk Observatory in the nearby Prudential Tower.

  • Boston is a city that owes much to its immigrants

  • who came here filled with hopes, dreams and traditions.

  • These cultures have become part of Boston's fabric,

  • from the culinary delights of Little Italy,

  • to the Irish pubs which quench the thirst of this hard-working city.

  • Bostonians like to play hard, and in this sports-crazy town

  • there's no greater hallowed turf than Fenway Park,

  • home to the Boston Red Sox for 100 years.

  • Culture rates highly in Boston too.

  • The Museum of Fine Arts, with its fabulous Impressionist Collection

  • houses the largest displays of Monets outside of France.

  • Boston, however, isn't a city that rests on past glories.

  • There are over 50 colleges and universities within the greater Boston Area.

  • With prestigious institutions like Harvard and MIT

  • continuing to produce Presidents and Nobel Laureates,

  • Boston has blossomed into a city that not only shapes America, but the entire world.

The city of Boston stands at the mouths of the Charles and Mystic Rivers

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    Halu Hsieh posted on 2013/09/01
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