Boston: “The Hub”

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The Capital of the Common Wealth of Massachusetts, Boston, is the 24th largest city in the United States with a population of nearly 600,000 people. The largest city in Massachusetts and New England, Boston is located on the eastern Massachusetts coast, at the mouth of the Charles River. This river separates Boston from Cambridge.

A history lover’s dream, Boston also is the hub of some of World’s largest corporate houses, Medical Research and Treatment centers, Prestigious Educational Institutes, Sports Clubs, Art and Drama centers etc…

The confluence of history, culture and business makes Boston one of America’s most visited and popular destinations. Laced with parks and pathways, a visitor can easily take in the skyline while enjoying walking the Greenway, Harbor walk, Esplanade or Freedom Trail.

Setting off with a map in hand from Boston Common, one of the most popular thing to do is follow the Freedom Trail. The fabled red line that connects sixteen places of historical importance pertaining to the American Revolution. The trail offers the visitor an opportunity to see the historic and the new age Boston together. While the many artefacts and site like Paul Revere House, Granary Burial Ground, Old South Meeting House, USS Constitution provide a brief glimpse into the past, the bustling city on the other side of the line actually reveals the phenomenal pace at which this area has grown over the years.

The other trails that one could follow are the Women’s Heritage Trail, The Back Heritage trail, The Irish Heritage Trail and The JFK Trail.

Boston being a popular art and culture destination, offers a plethora of choices to its patrons. Notable are the immensely popular museums like The Museum of Fine Arts, The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, The Museum of Science, The Boston Children’s Museum, Russell Museum of Medical History and Innovation etc.

Boston is also home to a number of contemporary Art galleries and Center for Performing Arts, leaving the art connoisseurs a chance to pick amongst the very best like: The Bank of America Pavilion, home to world-class acts of all musical genres every summer on Boston Harbor, The Boston Ballet and The Boston Chamber Music Society.

The Boston area also plays host to numerous festivals every year, including First Night Boston, the Boston Arts Festival, the Boston Blues Festival, the Boston Wine Festival, Boston Harbor fest, the Boston Pops 4th of July Concert and Fireworks and St. Patrick Day Parade.

For the outward bound souls, Boston offers some of the choicest delights. Sports, almost considered a religion here, is worshipped in many of its forms. The most popular among them are Baseball, Basketball (Both Major and Minor League), Football, Hockey, Soccer and Tennis. Boston is also home to the world famous Boston Marathon that is run from Hopkinton to Boston in April of every year. A trip to Fenway Park is a must for Sports enthusiasts. This national landmark is more than 100 years old and remains one of the best stadiums to see a baseball game.

A short drive from some of the premier beaches and ski slopes, both summer and winter getaways are available as options to the traveler. Familiar names are Cape Cod, the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

For the shopaholics, Faneuil Hall Market place provides the complete package. With over 50 shops, 14 restaurants and numerous food stalls, this urban outdoor mall draws in tourists as well as locals. The street performers staging their acts on the sidewalks make it an unforgettable experience.

From land to the seas….In Boston one can charter a mini speedboat to cruise along the harbor. While the sights and the skyline can be viewed at a completely different angle from the sea, the excursion can be made into a fun and an informative one by taking a tour guide along for the ride.

Playing a pivotal role in America’s cultural, economic, professional sports, health care and educational scenarios, Boston is a traveler’s paradise.

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