Boston is the largest city in Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. When visiting Boston, you'll discover neighborhoods with distinct character, quaint brownstone-lined streets, the beloved Red Sox, and big-city entertainment. Boston is an international center of higher education and a center for medicine. This vibrant, thriving city is renowned for its cultural facilities, world-class educational institutions, champion sports franchises, as well as its place at the very forefront of American history. It's rich history now helps to attract many tourists every year. Summers are typically warm, rainy, and humid, while winters are cold, windy, and snowy. The hottest month being July and the coldest January.
Back Bay is an official neighbourhood in Boston. It's more recognizable landmarks include Copley Square, the Prudential Center, and the Public Library. Peruse boutiques on Newbury Street, stroll down Commonwealth Ave., or spend your evening out at one of the local lively bars or restaurants. Back Bay is also famous for its rows of Victorian brownstone homes, they are considered to be one of the best-preserved examples of 19th-century urban design in the United States.
Trinity Church in downtown Boston
Boston Public Library
Boston Public Library was the first large library to open to the public in the United States and the the first to allow people to borrow books. According to its website, the Boston Public Library contains 8.9 million books and A/V (approximately 22 million items encompassing all formats).
Massachusetts State House
The Massachusetts State House is the state capitol and house of government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The original red-brick Bulfinch building is located in the neighborhood Beacon Hill. Tours last approximately 30-45 minutes and include an overview of the history and architecture of the State Capitol. Hours: Weekdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Closed on weekends and holidays.
Massachusetts State House
Prestigious Harvard features a historic campus and several world-class museums, showcasing works of everyone from the Mayflower to the Mayans.
Harvard Museum of Natural History contains 12,000 specimens drawn from Harvard’s vast research collections at the University's most visited museum, dinosaurs, meteorites, gemstones, and animals from around the globe. The country's wealthiest university is well worth a visit.
Museum of Fine Arts
Statue of John Harvard, founder of Harvard University
The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums in the United States. It contains over 450,000 works of art, making it one of the most comprehensive collections in America. features every artistic and artisanal tradition known to mankind, including Japanese samurai armor, medieval musical instruments, and the largest Monet collection outside France.
Haymarket Square in Boston is an open-air fruit and vegetable market near the North End, Government Center, West End and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Haymarket has been open since 1830. The sheer chaos of Boston's multi-block farmers' market right in the heart of Downtown must be seen to be believed. Fresh food at amazing prices. The market is open every Friday and Saturday during the day.
The USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. She is berthed at Pier 1 of the former Charlestown Navy Yard, at one end of Boston's Freedom Trail. It is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America. Constitution's mission today is to promote understanding of the Navy’s role in war and peace through educational outreach, historic demonstration, and active participation in public events. Guided tours are available.
The Freedom Trail is a red (mostly brick) path that runs through downtown Boston, Massachusetts and leads to 16 significant historic sites. It is a 2.5-mile walk from Boston Common to Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. Just follow the red brick road on this trip back in time to the country's exciting revolutionary beginnings.
Walking the Freedom Trail
Bacon Hill is the city's oldest quarter in classical Boston, with winding cobblestone streets crammed full of cute shops, gas lamps, private parks, and quaint brownstones with purple windows. Today, Beacon Hill is regarded as one of the most desirable and expensive neighborhoods in Boston. The Beacon Hill area is located just north of Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden and is bounded generally by Beacon Street on the south, Somerset Street on the east, Cambridge Street to the north and Storrow Drive along the riverfront of the Charles River Esplanade to the west.
Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market
Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market has been a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1742. It was the site of several speeches by Samuel Adams, James Otis, and others encouraging independence from Great Britain, and is now part of Boston National Historical Park and a well known stop on the Freedom Trail. It is one of the world's only shopping malls pretending to be a historical landmark, these twin colonial buildings are one of the most visited spots in the city.
The Arnold Arboretum is one of Boston's largest parks. It's perfect if you want to escpape from the confines of the city. The two-mile-long main trail is paved and allows for leisurely stroller walks. Plant, flower and woodland life is labeled according to species.
The Public Gardens are one of the oldest parks in the country. It is located in the middle of the city. The Public Garden offers year-round flowers, Boston's most beloved statue (Make Way for Ducklings), and quiet sunset trips aboard the famed Swan Boats. The Swan Boats are located in the Boston Public Garden - 24 acres bound by Arlington, Boylston, Charles and Beacon Streets.
The Paul Revere House,
Boston's Oldest Wooden House Built in 1677
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New Year's Day
January 1 every year
New Year's Day is the first day of the year. It is a public holiday, often celebrated with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts.
Statue of Liberty
Photo: William Warby
Martin Luther King Day
3rd Monday in January
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a United States Federal holiday marking the birthdate of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King's birthday, January 15. King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. He was assassinated in 1968.
3rd Monday in February
Washington's Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February. It is also commonly known as Presidents Day (or Presidents' Day). As Washington's Birthday or Presidents Day, it is also the official name of a concurrent state holiday celebrated on the same day in a number of states.
The White House
Last Monday in May
Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the Civil War), it was expanded after World War I.
Devils Tower National Monument
July 4th every year
Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States
1st Monday in September
Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. The holiday is often regarded as a day of rest and parades. Speeches or political demonstrations are more low-key than May 1. Forms of celebration include picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays
2nd Monday in October
Columbus Day first became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1906, and became a federal holiday in 1934. However, people have celebrated Columbus' voyage since the colonial period. In 1792, New York City and other U.S. cities celebrated the 300th anniversary of his landing in the New World. In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison called upon the people of the United States to celebrate Columbus Day on the 400th anniversary of the event. During the 400-year anniversary in 1892, teachers, preachers, poets and politicians used Columbus Day rituals to teach ideals of patriotism.
November 11 every year
The largest summer festival in Hamburg is the Alster-Vergnügen, which takes place from August 30 through September 2, 2002. Featuring everything from street theatre to music and art on the waterfront in Hamburg, the ‘Venice of the North’ is a magnificent host for this upbeat, exciting festival.
4th thursday in November
Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, presently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, has been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863. Thanksgiving was historically a religious observation to give thanks to God.
Hollywood Los Angeles
December 25 every year