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Boston is often called the most European of U.S. cities because of its walkable scale and Victorian and Colonial buildings, bookish mien, acres of public parks, and lively café-restaurant culture. The city has also derived a great part of its identity from the many universities and colleges based here and in Cambridge, including, of course, the hallowed Ivy League Harvard. Lots of Boston highlights can be taken in on foot in a day or two—Boston Common, the country's oldest park; the Victorians of Back Bay; the mansions of Beacon Hill; and all the sights along the Freedom Trail, which can be considered a capsule guide to what not to miss. For all of this history, Boston's quarter-million college students keep it young, and the nation's oldest major city keeps reinventing itself—including in two very new neighborhoods. The Seaport District, with entertainment venues, restaurants, museums, and bars, has sprung up on what were gravel parking lots and freight yards; and the Fenway, the once-lackluster home of Fenway Park, which has transformed into a prime place to restaurant- and bar-hop.
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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Isabella Stewart Gardner was an heiress and something of a black sheep of late-19th- and early-20th-century Boston society: She was a rabid Red Sox and...more

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

The JFK Library, which opened in 1979 in an I.M. Pei–designed building, is dedicated to the study of the 35th president's life and work, and houses his...more

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

One of America's grandest art museums, the MFA holds American and European paintings from the 7th century to the present (Sargent, O'Keefe, and Monet are...more

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Museum of Science, Boston

At the mouth of the Charles River, with views of the Boston skyline, the Museum of Science is crowded with hands-on exhibits that demonstrate everything from...more

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New England Aquarium, Boston

Located right on Boston Harbor on Central Wharf, the New England Aquarium is home to animals from both the Northeast and around the world. Atlantic harbor seals...more

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