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Visiting Boston is like taking a walk through history. Successfully blending old and new
architecture, Boston offers visitors a wealth of vacation opportunities.
Before you travel to Boston try to decide what type of trip you want to
have and plan accordingly. If you want to have the 'city' experience, you'll need to
approach planning your trip differently than if you want a more relaxed 'country'
experience. With Boston's wonderful transit system, moving from the city to the country
and vice versa is easy.
The best time to hit boss-town is during the spring. September and
October are also great months. Like much of the Northeast, the summers are hot and humid
in Boston and the winters are terribly cold and not conducive to sightseeing.
|Adams National Historical Site
Big Dig Visitors Center
Boston Harbour Island Cruise
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Bunker Hill Monument
Cambridge Antique Market
Charles River Museum of Industry
Cheers - the Bull & Fich Pub
Essex River Cruises
Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market
Franklin Park Zoo
Harvard Square Bookstores
Isabella Steward Gardner Museum
John Hancock Observatory
Massachusetts Historical Society
Minute Man National Historic Park
Mugar Omni Theater
Museum of Bad Art
Museum of Science
New England Aquarium
New England Quilt Museum
New State House
Old North Church
Park Street Church
Paul Revere House
Peabody Essex Museum
Plum Island - Wildlife Sanctuary
Plymouth and Plymouth Rock
Sky Walk Observatory
Cape Cod. For some, the name alone conjures up images of quaint cottages, wind-blown sand
dunes and beautiful people riding horses on barren beaches. For others, Cape Cod is a
playground for the rich (think Kennedy family).
Cape Cod is comprised of 15 towns or villages in three main regions
(Upper Cape, Mid-Cape and Lower Cape), all of which have molded and maintained their own
characteristics over time. Of the 15, eight are accustomed to and dependent upon tourism,
including Falmouth, Barnstable (which houses Hyannis), Yarmouth, Chatham, Orleans,
Eastham, Wellfleet and Provincetown.
As for visiting, the Cape is at its tourist peak from mid-May to
mid-September, when seasonal transients pack up their SUVs and head South. The Cape is at
its best, visually, in the fall.
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Boston: When To Visit; What To Do: by Rachel Goggan.
Boston can be one
of the most charming places to visit for all travelers: loners, lovers, and families. It
is important, however, to prepare yourself so that you make the most of your trip and
don't get bogged down by poor decisions.
What to Do, See and Expect in Boston: by Rita Cook.
Boston is a city rich with history, some of it dating back to the
Located on the banks of the Charles River and the Atlantic Ocean, the
visitor will find Boston has an array of attractive riverside parks and a unique skyline
that fits amazingly well with the bustling waterfront and colorful open markets.
Due to its size, Boston is a very accessible city, but it may be that
its reputation as a walking city relies on the creation of one of America's first historic
walking tours, The Freedom Trail.
Brimfield Bound: by Brigitte Carucci Mesa.
Brimfield is a small town (population about 2,000), but swells in size
three times a year to accommodate the Brimfield
About 30,000 people attend the show each year, but because the show
spreads over a one-mile distance, it is more than manageable.
Hip College Towns: by Deborah Straw.
One highlight of any trip to Northampton is a visit to the city's art
museum, Smith College Museum of Art, which
has a world-class collection.
Swept Away in Provincetown: by Deborah Straw.
Seemingly at the end of the earth, this small town is postcard
beautiful. Provincetown is
relatively quiet and eminently walkable; offering a near-perfect mix of urban and rural
life styles and opportunities
Part of the charm is certainly its location, on the Outer Cape (Cod),
about three hours from Boston.
Salem: America's Bewitching City: by Jan McDaniel.
At first glance, it seems a typical picturesque New England Seaport;
presenting colonial houses squeezed side-by-side with front steps touching the sidewalk,
historic brick buildings, and shops lining the wharf.
But after three centuries, its supernatural legacy continues. Think Salem, Massachusetts and you still think witches.
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