Boston possesses a small city charm combined with a big city atmosphere. It is best viewed by walking. A tight, somewhat chaotic street pattern (rumors say they're based on cow paths) makes it difficult to drive in Boston but represents a great opportunity for tourists willing to observe the city attractions.
An hour's stroll will take you from the North End's historic places to Beacon Hill's mansions. You can explore the country's oldest public park, the Boston Common, in the morning. It is a perfect place to walk, relax, play frisbee, take photographs, eat lunch, etc... With lots of different shops and boutiques shopping on Newbury Street, in the Pru, or in Copley Square is fantastic. In the evening you can dine at one of the distinguished restaurants in the North End. Each neighborhood in Boston has its own peculiar character. Imagine the elegance of Beacon Hill's narrow streets and townhouses. Red brick sidewalks, cobblestoned streets and gas street lamps send you back to the 19th century. The North End is Boston's haven for Italian restaurants and cafés. The Back Bay is a living museum of urban Victorian residential architecture. This neighborhood practically exudes class with elite shops in Newbury Street and Copley Square. One of the most famous Boston attractions is the Freedom Trail, self-guided, four-kilometre walking tour of Revolutionary sites that covers the main historical sites as well. Start at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center and follow a red-brick line on the pavement. The trail weaves through North End, over the Charles River and onto the Bunker Hill Monument, a 221-foot granite obelisk, constructed in honor of the first major battle of the American Revolution.
Boston is a very popular place to go on holiday among foreigners, as well as the Americans themselves. A great number of hotels in Boston are situated in the center within easy reach of all sights. The Hotel Boston by Radisson is located just a block from the Boston Common, offering warm hospitality, inviting atmosphere and premier services sure to please business and leisure travelers. If you are fond of baseball, you would prefer to stay in a hotel near Fenway Park, the nation's oldest, most beloved ballpark and proud home to the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox Team. Consider the Inn at Longwood or the Commonwealth. These hotels are within walking distance of Fenway Park. And if you fancy luxury and glitz, choose a Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf. This first-class hotel stands at the base of the harbor, as a gateway to Boston attractions. Overlooking the majestic waterfront, the hotel offers the highest brand of service and beckons guests to experience the city in its finest glory. Those looking for a budget hotel in the center may go for the Charlesmark hotel. Originally built in 1892 as a private residence in exclusive Back Bay neighborhood in Boston, the Charlesmark has been completely renovated to create a European-style boutique hotel. Here, a "classic modernism" design is accented with the latest high technology.
A trip to Boston would be incomplete without visiting Cambridge and one of the country's oldest and most prestigious universities. Coupled with equally prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard has over 30,000 students from all over the world. Harvard Square is almost as legendary, as the university itself. This urban, historical, neighborhood is at the center of university life in Boston. The square is filled with ethnic restaurants, coffee houses, museums, and theaters. Cambridge also has a number of cozy hotels, like the first-rate Charles Hotel with homey atmosphere, or a Cambridge House Bed and Breakfast, situated inside a 1892 Greek Revival that's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Boston is one of the greatest cities in the United States, abound with historical places and museums. You can buy a reduced-fee combination ticket to six major Boston attractions: the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Prudential Center Skywalk, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium, and the Harvard University Museum of Natural History. The ticket is called the CityPass and costs $34. It is available on-line, at participating sights, and at the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau information booths.