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    Julia
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    5 Jul 03, 2014

    I'm in love with Boston. I called this city my home for over one year, but there's still so much I couldn't see or couldn't do.

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    D'Maris Coffman
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    5 Jul 05, 2014

    Boston is a great city. Emblematic of urban New England, it's mostly known for tourism, education, research and its commercial district. Wonderful neighbourhoods, lots for history buffs, and very easy to negotiate the transport network. What's not to like?

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    Jason Planck
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    5 Jul 06, 2014

    You will need at least 3 days to make a short trip of highlights of national Parks Historical Sites in the downtown Boston. For more sights outside of the downtown Boston it would be easier to move to outside area of Boston to cut down on hotel cost plus avoiding traffic jams.

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    Kat Von B (Travelinggreek)
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    5 Jul 05, 2014

    Rent a car and explore this fascinating region! It seems like everything historical is not farther that an hour and a half away. After you've done the suburbs hit the Cape for beautiful views and lobster rolls.

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    Jenny Weiss
    4 Jul 06, 2014

    Boston is a perfect blend of history and modernity. In the same harbor that the first settlers threw tea in protest of British rule, one can now see beautifully sleek power boats and luxury yachts. There are modern skyscrapers built right next to old brick buildings, and graveyards of some of the best-known patriots lie a stone's throw from the hippest restaurants in town. Boston is heavy on old New England charm, but its streets do not accommodate modern traffic very well at all. Prepare to get frustrated if you drive anywhere in the city; just remember that it was built for horses and buggies, not SUVs. Your GPS will probably let you know that it's busy "recalculating."

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    Rachel Greene
    5 Jul 05, 2014

    Boston is an incredible city, full of history and culture. There is a tone to see and do and it's super fun to visit.

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    Keane
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    5 Jul 04, 2014

    There's something mythical about Boston and its surrounding areas. With the beautiful nature and the incredible history, it's like a picture-perfect look into America's past. The beach areas are pristine, granted the water is freezing, and the cuisine is spectacular.

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    5 Jul 06, 2014

    the european city in the usa....and so it looks very familiar. the history goes on and on...see the street where JFK lived, the teaparty, cheers etc etc. hope to be back.

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  • Boston and SurroundsPro 2014
    Lauren Baker
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    5 Jul 06, 2014

    This is an amazing and historic city, which blends old and new seamlessly. Yes, It's sports fans are fanatical (go sox!) but the city really has something for everyone, with world class universities, great museums and beautiful outdoor spaces.

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    Debbie Bonilla
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    5 Jul 07, 2014

    Beautiful city with history everywhere. Markets and bars a plenty. A lot of walking. Great hotels to choose from too. Priced for every budget. A must

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  • Boston and Surrounds
    Evan Roth-Howe
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    4 Jul 06, 2014

    Famous for its plethora of universities, historical significance, and rabid sports fans, Greater Boston is a great place to visit and and even better place to live. From the Swan Boats in the Boston Common to the authentic Italian restaurants in the North End to the stops along the Freedom Trail that you read about in High School text books, there's plenty here for tourists and locals alike. And unlike many other major cities, it's all pretty walkable. Yes, the Green Line has been known to derail anger management efforts, but the rest of the city is a lot of fun to explore. Fenway Park and the TD Garden offer some of Boston's more high-adrenaline events between the Red Sox and Celtics, and while there's a decent chance of getting into a scuffle in either venue if you really try, Boston sports fans are pretty civil outside of that. You're unlikely to risk physical injury just for wearing a Yankees hat, for instance, but you'll definitely be given wrong directions. Make sure to hop on the Red Line and cross the river to check out with many sights and restaurants in Cambridge and Somerville, as well. Pick up a free copy of the Weekly Dig or go to www.boston.com to check out upcoming events, concerts, speakers, etc.

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    Tarina Peterson
    5 Jul 05, 2014

    Boston is a fantastic city to visit. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first arrived but I left really pleased. A great mix of history and fun things to do - be it shop, eat or catch a game.

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  • Boston and SurroundsPro 2014
    Julia P
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    5 Jul 05, 2014

    I love Boston. It's so very New England, so very full of attitude and patriotism for its own sports teams, traditions, and Dunkin' Donuts, that you almost can't help but love it. There's a cohesive identity here that people really get on board with. Don't ever suggest that New York does anything better.

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    Albert Qian
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    5 Jul 03, 2014

    I like this city:

    1. Very walkable. You don't really need a car.

    2. The T: A very reliable train system to get around in.

    3. Districts - North End is great. The brick buildings are awesome. It's all very unique and a good slice of Americana.

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  • Boston and Surrounds
    Ruby-Chanel Simard
    5 Jul 04, 2014

    Both Boston and Salem in Massachusetts is wonderful. I have nothing negative to say, the City of Boston is amazing, very very visually beautiful. Salem is also very quite cool, there are a lot of fun museums and tourist attractions. Harvard is also located in Cambridge, which is not far and is a very fun location to check out! They are all very closely located so sometimes it feels like a 3-1 :)

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  • Boston and Surrounds
    Traci
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    4 Jul 04, 2014

    Great city great sights - a good mix of historic and modern. You have to go to the North End for amazing Italian food. There's also some great shopping on Newbury Street.

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    Laurel W
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    4 Jul 05, 2014

    Boston has some great entertainment, excellent museums and dining but a more laid back feel than New York or Washington DC which seems to result in people generally being more friendly. The high percentage of students in the population also give the city an energetic feel. It is a wonderful city to visit.

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  • Boston and SurroundsAmbassadorPro 2014
    Katie Pierce
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    4 Jul 06, 2014

    Not going to lie, I'm a very biased. Growing up in New Hampshire, Boston was considered the big city and over the years became my ideal city due to its winding streets, walkability and interesting architecture. There's a lot going on here and as a university city, it has a lot to offer young people. Through my travels, I found other cities I've fallen in love with, but Boston will always remain my first.

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  • Boston and Surrounds
    Shameem Ahmed
    5 Jul 04, 2014

    Boston is an amazing place. Any traveler owes it to themselves for visiting Boston. There are so much history here and also the food, culture, architecture and the capital of IVY league schools, what not to love? For party-goers after a day of touring the city pick your choice for bar hopping or clubbing to many scenes within a short distance. People are generally friendly and always pride themselves with their sporting teams. This city caters to all level of budgeting from $40 a day to sky is the limit. It's easy to get around with the Subway system. Keep a lookout on FourSquare or Groupon early enough to have the deals of the day or place. From Boston you can visit Cape which is an hour and a half away or go up North to New Hampshire for a day of outdoor activities all withing a few hours driving distance. There are plenty of deals from Car rentals or I see a lot of ZipCars driving on the street though I never tried it myself. Bring a friend or group of friends, whether it is history, a adventure or a romantic gateway Boston is your destination. For flights and hotel packages check out Kayak for best deals and as Logan is home to several Airlines hubspot you can get awesome deals on your journey. Hope to see you and welcome you to the Beantown!

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    Bonz Liscious
    4 Jul 04, 2014

    This place is amazing, awesome shopping, great bars and cafe's down the main strip of town and Fenway Park was awe inspiring.

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One of America’s historic cities, Boston is sometimes known as the “cradle of America." Find out why by walking the Freedom Trail, which will get you up close to a variety of fundamental parts of the nation's early history. The Back Bay and Charles River both offer beautiful strolling experiences, whether near brownstones or the Harvard crew team, and make sure you stop off at one of Boston's ... read more
famed seafood restaurants. American history shines once again in nearby towns like Lexington and Concord, where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired, or at Walden Pond, where Henry David Thoreau wrote his classic self-reliance treatise, Walden. Cambridge, just across the river from Boston proper, is home to world-class academic institutions Harvard and MIT. Whale-watch in nearby Gloucester, or head south to Cape Cod for some summer fun and more extraordinary seafood. A quintessentially New England experience, this is an area known for its history, progressive politics, and “clam chowdah.”

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