Boston City Breaks, Holidays and Weekend Breaks:
One of the most significant places in the history of the United States of America, Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and the largest city in New England. Founded on the Shawmut Peninsular, as the Massachusetts Bay Colony by Puritans in 1630,the colony was originally called Trimountain, but later became known as Boston after the town in Lincolnshire. Within six years, they had created Boston Latin School and Harvard College, the latter in the outlying area of Cambridge and buy the end of the decade some 20,000 people were living in the colony.
The city is equally renowned as having been the cradle of the American Revolution: by the 1770s, the colonists were straining against British control and taxation. The quartering of British troops in America houses led to the Boston Massacre, while the decision to allow the British East India Company effectively to undercut prices on tea led to the Boston Tea Party, when protestors dumped the cargoes of three British ships into Boston Harbour. The first major battle of the American Revolution – The battle of Bunker Hill was fought on the Charlestown Peninsular. Several of the important sites make up the Boston National Historical Park.
For Visitors today, Boston is as important for its culture as for its history: despite extensive redevelopment, the downtown area retains older Federal-style buildings, while the South End Historic District has an extensive area of well-preserved Victorian buildings.
As well as the obvious contribution to learning of its world-famous institutions, Boston is home to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Boston Symphony Orchestra [housed in the stunning Symphony Hall designed by McKim, Mead and White], the Boston Pops, two opera companies, the Boston Children’s Museum and the Museum of Science. The John F Kennedy Library is at the Columbia Point campus of the University of Massachusetts and the art museums in Harvard College are a short ride away.
The large student population, spread among some of the best colleges and institutes on the planet, means that there is a lively night life and music scene, varying from hard-core punk to world music, as well as comedy clubs and theatre.
Although there is plenty to keep visitors occupied in the compact centre of the city, the ‘Greater Boston’ area is also full of historic connection, beautiful buildings and sight to see. Boston is no longer the quaint enclave of the Boston Brahmins, but a modern city that is most respectful of its past and looking to its future.What to see and do in BOSTONLocation of Boston:
On the northeast coast of the United States, in the state of Massachusetts, within the New England region. Logan International Airport is 2 miles northeast across the harbour.Serving Airports:
Boston Logan International [BOS]
Flight time from the UK: approximately 7 hours.Beachers in Boston:
An hour from Boston is the Cape Cod Peninsula, with some of the country's best beaches, charming hamlets, antique shops and great seafood. Summer is crowded, but off-season is enchanting, and the water is warm enough for swimming in September.Shopping in Boston:
Favourite areas are historic Back Bay's elegant shops, Copley Place and Prudential Center gallerias; Downtown Crossing, a traffic-free pedestrian area along Washington Street where Summer and Winter streets meet; Newbury Street, 8 blocks filled with trees, gas lanterns, window boxes, cafes in brownstone buildings and designer shops and boutiques; and Faneuil Hall Marketplace, on Boston Harbor, with 150 shops and restaurants.Eating out in Boston:
Immigrant groups, especially Italian, Chinese and Portuguese, have adapted local seafood and traditional New England produce into a distinctive Boston cuisine. Young chefs are opening restaurants in all areas of the city and luxury hotel dining rooms are better than ever. Boston is a great food town. Try out the official state dessert – Boston Cream Pie (actually a cake).
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