Boston is commonly referred to as the Hub, and was founded by the members of Massachusetts colony in 1630. Shortly after its establishment, the city assumed the leading position in the New England region, owing to its rapidly growing trade with Europe and the Caribbean.
During the colonial period, Boston was the center of revolutionary activity in the country through such events as Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Boston Massacre. Throughout the early XIX century the city grew significantly, proving its importance in cultural, literary and economic aspects. Today it is seen as one of the most influential and wealthy cities of the United States, boasting flourishing tourism.
Due to the growth of a number of sectors, including higher education, financial service and health care, the city's influence has increased during the past two decades. Though regarded as not part of Boston, the cities of Newton, Somerville, Brooklyn and Cambridge are seen as an integral part of any Boston vacation.
Landmarks are plentiful in the city, offering tourists on a Boston vacation a wide range of entertainment activities. Among the favorite destinations and things to do on a Boston vacation are the Boston Duck Tour, the North End, Newbury Street, Beacon Hill, Quincy Market, Harvard Square, a Red Sox Game, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Freedom Trail. Tourists on a Boston vacation are attracted to the luxury stores on Newbury Street, delicious Italian meals served on the North End and red-brick buildings and antique shops on Beacon Hill.
Those culturally inclined prefer a Boston vacation to any other, taking advantage of the possibility to visit Boston's world-class museums, music venues and theatres. A Boston vacation is an excellent choice for the families with children. Good options include Children's Museum, featuring soap bubble making tools as well as the Science Playground; Science Museum and New England Aquarium. Boston vacation packages include all these sites and more.
The oldest and largest art institution of Boston is the Museum of Fine Arts, housing one of the most extensive art collections in the world. It is best-known for early American art, as well as Egyptian and Asian Collections and Impressionist paintings. Those eager to experience the Kennedy era are welcome to John F. Kennedy Museum and Library, featuring a variety of fascinating exhibits, like the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Kennedy-Nixon debate, and displays of Kennedy family members.
If you happen to visit Boston during the spring or summer months, the Boston Common and Public Garden is something you must see. With its statues, fountains, shady trees and greenery, the garden is a good starting point for tourists interested in historical sights.
One of the most popular is Freedom Trail, a two-mile walking tour of Boston's sixteen historical sights, all of them located through Charlestown, the North End, through downtown Boston and Beacon Hill. Two oldest marketplaces of the city -- the Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall contain a great number of tourist-oriented eateries and stores.
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