Boston

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States, being founded in 1630. The city was the stage for many important moments in US revolutionary history, including the Boston Tea Party, the battle of Bunker Hill & Paul Revere's Ride. Today's Boston is a sophisticated city with cultural highlights including art, music and cuisine. Far from being a city living off its past, Boston also ranks as one of the world’s main centres for innovation. The city’s economy is based on research, electronics, engineering, finance, and high technology.
US Map showing Boston

History

As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston’s colourful streets are awash with historical buildings at every turn. Boston is home to myriad museums, art galleries and libraries, including the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, the eclectic Museum of Fine Arts and the fascinating Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity. Boston was also the location of several major events during the American Revolution, which can be explored on the iconic Freedom Trail; a four kilometre self-guided walk which meanders through the key historical sights.

A Sports-Mad City

Boston is a sports-mad city. Home to the Boston Red Sox (baseball), Boston sports fans are known for their fanatical devotion to the team and knowledge of Red Sox history. Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox, is the oldest ballpark in the Major League and is legendary among baseball fans. The city is also home to the Boston Celtics (basketball), New England Patriots (American football) and the Boston Bruins (ice hockey).

Educational Powerhouse

Boston is home to a total of 52 institutions of higher education located within Greater Boston, including 14 colleges and eight research universities. Harvard University is the most iconic institution, with a history stretching back to 1636. Harvard is America's oldest institute of higher learning and has the highest financial endowment of any university in the world. Take some time out to wander around the campus in Cambridge.

Harvard University

Cuisine

Boston is a great place to seek out some of New England's signature dishes along with some fine Italian cuisine. One of the most famous and must-do experiences in Boston is to sample cannoli at Mike's Pastry, North End - the lemoncello flavour comes highly recommended. Clam chowder is a staple of New England cuisine and there are plenty of establishments in which to sample it. Having such a strong maritime influence, seafood is plentiful here and you should really try a lobster roll at some point. They are available year round but only available super fresh in season (summer). Boston's North End is famous for its Italian restaurants and has become known as 'Little Italy'. There's a lot of choice in a small area so you can satisfy your pizza and pasta cravings easily.

Boston Lobster Roll
Molasses Tragedy
On January 15, 1919, a storage tank holding more than 2 million gallons of molasses burst, sending a giant wave of the hot syrupy substance through the North End of Boston. It killed 21 people and several horses and injured more than 100 others.