Founded in 1630, Boston is one of America's oldest cities, with the historical sites to prove it. Walk along the Freedom Trail, and you'll encounter no less than 16 historical landmarks, from Boston Common – America's oldest public park – to Faneuil Hall, Old North Church and the Paul Revere House where the patriot lived during the American Revolution.
As the capital of Massachusetts, Boston offers a wealth of attractions. The city's sports legacy runs deep: Fenway Park has been hosting Red Sox baseball games since 1912, while the Boston Marathon draws thousands of spectators every April. Art lovers spend time at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Museum of Fine Arts. History buffs don't miss the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.
With its compact neighbourhoods, Boston is as walkable as it is charming. Take in the water and skyline views along the Charles River Esplanade. Along the river, Beacon Hill is home to cobbled streets and historic homes, while Back Bay is known for its rows of brownstones and shops lining Newbury Street.
Boston might be best known for its historical roots, but the city holds its own when it comes to cuisine. With a bustling Seaport District and a lengthy waterfront, the local seafood is legendary. Order a lobster roll or New England clam chowder at the Union Oyster House, which has been in business since 1826. The North End – Boston's 'Little Italy' – is equally worth a visit for a taste of pasta or cannolis.