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Magnificent historic city of Boston is one of the beautiful and unique cities in the United States. Boston is the capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and one of the oldest cities in the United States. Being the most populous city in New England, Boston is considered the economic and cultural center of the region and is sometimes referred to as the "New England Capital" unofficially. In 2008 the city had a population of 645 169 inhabitants, which makes it the twenty-first most populated city in the country. Boston is also the nerve center of a large and populous metropolitan area called Greater Boston, with a population of 4.5 million, the tenth largest metropolitan area in the nation, Greater Boston, as a region to which many workers are displaced, including seven counties in Massachusetts, all of Rhode Island and parts of New Hampshire; with what totals 7.5 million inhabitants, so this Combined Statistical Area is the fifth in the United States by population.

In 1630, Puritan settlers from England founded the city on the Shawmut peninsula, and during the late eighteenth century, Boston was the site of several important events during the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre and the Tea Party. Several battles at the beginning of the Revolution, such as the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Siege of Boston, occurred in the city and surrounding areas. Through land reclamation and municipal annexation, Boston has expanded beyond the peninsula. After the independence of the United States, Boston became an important seaport and manufacturing center, and its rich history now attracts 16.3 million visitors a year. The city hosted a number of firsts, including the first public school of the United States, the Latin School of Boston (1635) and the first university center, Harvard University (1636), in neighboring Cambridge. Boston was also home to the first subway network in the United States.

With a multitude of faculties and universities within the city and its surroundings, Boston is a center of higher education and, in turn, a center for medicine.The economy is also based on research, electronics, engineering, finance, technology and biotechnology, mainly, Boston ranks first in the country in jobs per square mile, ahead of New York City and Washington DC The city has experienced gentrification and has one of the higher living costs of the United States, and remains one of the cities with the best standard of living in the world.


Main Travel Destinations in Boston

Visitor information
Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, ☎ +1 617 536-4100, toll-free: +1 888 733-2678, e-mail: The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau maintains two visitor centers in the city. This is a great place to book tours, get brochures and other information. This could sound pretty crazy, but it's even possible to buy souvenirs here.
1 Boston Common Visitors Center, 139 Tremont St (T: Park Street). M-Sa 8:30AM-5PM, Su 9AM-6PM. Free.
2 Copley Place Visitor Center (Dartmouth Street entrance), 100 Huntington Avenue (T: Prudential). M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa Su 10AM-6PM. Free.
National Park Service, ☎ +1 617 242-5601. The National Park Service also maintains two visitor centers here, as many of Boston's historic sites are considered part of the NPS. Get up to date information about the status of Freedom Trail buildings and events. If you have a mobile phone, try out their Freedom Trail app. It's filled with historical anecdotes and helpful information.
3 Charlestown Navy Yard Visitors Center (USS Constitution), Building 5 (T: Community College). 9AM-5PM daily. Free.
4 Downtown Visitors Center (Faneuil Hall), 1 Faneuil Hall Sq (T: State Street). 9AM-5PM daily. Free.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority ("The T"), ☎ +1 617 222-3200, toll-free: +1 800 392-6100. The MBTA operates public transit — bus, subway, trolley, commuter rail and ferry services — throughout the region. Bus $1.70/2.00; Subway $2.25/2.75; Commuter rail $2.25–$12.50.


Massachusetts State House (Boston)


Beacon Hill
Tel. (617) 523- 3383
Open: Jul- Aug: 9am- 3:30pm Tue- Sat; Sep- Jun: by appointment

Old South Meeting House (Boston)


310 Washington St.
Tel. (617) 482- 6439
Open: Apr- Oct: 9:30am- 5pm daily; Nov- Mar: 10am- 4pm daily

King’s Chapel and Burying Ground (Boston)


58 Tremont St.
Tel. (617) 523- 1749

Old State House (Boston)


Washington & State Sts.
Tel: (617) 720- 1713
Open: 9am- 5pm daily


Paul Revere House (Boston)


19 N Square
Tel. (617) 523- 2338
Open: mid- Apr- Oct: 9:30am- 5:15pm
Nov- mid- Apr: 9:30am- 4:15pm

Trinity Church (Boston)


Copley sq.
Tel. (617) 536- 0944
Open: daily









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