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Founded by Puritan colonists from England, the name comes from the Lincolnshire town but quite why is disputed. British attempts to control the 13 original colonies prompted Bostonians to initiate the American Revolution, The Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. 50 years later the Irish arrived and a Roman Catholic legacy began with many famous families, the Kennedy's among them, eventually shaping American history. The Freedom Trail is the place to start. This 3-mile walking trail encompasses 16 significant sites in Boston's history. You can stroll it self-guided or join a 90-minute guided tour.

Harvard is the nation's oldest university and worth a walk around the grounds. Boston Common is the oldest public park in the western hemisphere and always buzzing with activity. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is 250 years old and includes the famous Quincy Market. Make sure you go on an empty stomach as the food halls will squash anyone's willpower! Beacon Hill is considered the most picturesque neighbourhood in Boston and another great walk.

If you've worked up another appetite you can head to the Bull and Finch pub - more famously known as Cheers - for a NormBurger! Don't worry - Boston doesn't disappoint on the shopping front...Newbury Street has the best in New England and no trip to Boston would be complete without a stop at Filene's Basement, which describes itself as "America's oldest and most famous off-price store". Feeling homesick? Afternoon tea is served at several hotels including the Ritz Carlton and the Four Seasons - they haven't forgotten those British roots after all!

"Boston is an oasis in the desert, a place where the larger proportion of people are loving, rational and happy." Julia Ward Howe, Poet/Activist

Boston Map


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Boston skyline slideshow

Typical Boston Weather




January 36/22 2/-6 4.0
February 39/24 4/-4 3.3
March 46/31 8/0 3.9
April 56/40 13/5 3.6
May 67/50 19/10 3.2
June 77/59 25/15 3.2
July 82/65 28/19 3.1
August 80/65 27/18 3.4
September 72/57 22/14 3.5
October 62/46 17/8 3.8
November 52/38 11/3 4.0
December 62/28 5/-2 3.7


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