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"Boston" United States of America Things to Do Tip by MDH

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  A typical view of Boston.
by MDH

Boston is one of the U.S.'s oldest cities, and at one time, was the country's premier city before being overtaken by Philadelphia and later New York. Unlike those cities, however, when the Industrial Revolution and postwar society arrived, large swaths of Boston were spared the wrecking ball, preserving confusing streets and alleys that were once cow paths, giving it a feel at times of a much smaller London.

Boston served as the epicenter of the American Revolution in the 1770s, where many of the first rebels lived, protested and fought. Boston was also one of the epicenters of immigration, especially with the Italians and Irish. The city is the intellectual capital of America, home to Harvard, Boston College, Northeastern and MIT.

Among some of the sites around "Beantown" worth seeing are Faneuil Hall, the Revolutionary-era Old North Church, the tight cobblestone streets of Little Italy, Quincy Market, the reserved character of Boston Commons, the Bunker Hill battlefield, and the handsomely built Massachusetts State House. Perhaps only in Boston do elegant colonial-era Georgian buildings rub shoulders next to ultra-modern skyscrapers so well.

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  • Updated May 6, 2004
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