The heart of America's Revolution beat bravely in the streets and communities around Boston and Cambridge. Around every corner, you'll be face-to-face with landmarks and experiences dating back to the very earliest of our days here. The trick is to pace yourself: it took hundreds of years for Greater Boston's history to write itself along cobblestoned streets. You won't cover it all in a few hours, so choose a tour or trail carefully and enjoy the rich heritage everywhere around you.
Boston's Harbor Islands were designated a national park, and Boston Light itself (at the mouth of Boston Harbor) is a short boat ride from Faneuil Hall and the waterfront. Park rangers and volunteers are eager to introduce you to a part of Boston's history that few of its residents even know.
History wasn't confined to the city limits of Boston and Cambridge. Head south to Quincy—take the Red Line T!—to see the Adams National Historical Park, home to presidents John and John Quincy Adams.
Tour companies of all shapes, sizes and flavors offer tours of the sights and sounds that make up Greater Boston. By land or by sea, on bikes or in buses — even by gondola! — just don't leave your camera behind.
Get a taste of Ivy League life in the home of Harvard and MIT. And don't forget to take in the sunset along the Charles River in Harvard Square.Find: Lodging | Attractions
The shops and restaurants around Coolidge Corner are a great place to spend an afternoon, and you'll be just a short walk from the birthplace of John F. Kennedy.Find: Lodging | Attractions
Alive with modern and historical delights, Quincy is a great place to dine by the water, and get a glimpse into the fascinating life of John Adams at the Adams National Historic Site.Find: Lodging | Attractions
Sargent's murals. Wonders of Asian art. And traveling exhibitions of some of the world's most famous works. Find it all at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and stop by the museum café for an elegant lunch. Learn more>>
Arguably our nation's finest Presidential Library, and the very best source for all things Camelot. It's a short T ride to a museum that's thoroughly educational - and inspirational. Learn more>>
Finally, a museum where you're encouraged to touch the exhibits. The Children's Museum offers fun and education for all ages. Learn more>>
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