History is alive in Boston, where office workers and students rush past tourists tracing America’s revolutionary beginnings on the Freedom Trail. In Beacon Hill, cobblestone streets are lined with 19th-century brownstones housing antique shops and restaurants (yes, including Cheers). Amazing museums, gorgeous parks and superstar sports teams make Beantown a visitor favorite.
Founded in 1630, Boston is one of America’s oldest cities and played a crucial role in the American Revolution. Stroll the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail through 16 historic sites, starting at Boston Commons and ending at the USS Constitution, first launched in 1797.
Shop chic boutiques on Newbury Street in Back Bay, enjoy a cannoli from Mike's Pastry in the Italian North End, or try the original Boston Cream Pie at the Omni Parker House. Who serves the best clam chowder? It’s a topic of fierce debate – sample a few and decide for yourself. Top colleges and universities fill the area with brainpower and youthful energy. Head across the Charles River to Cambridge to explore the Harvard and MIT campuses.