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Wicked Awesome Boston Attractions and Destinations Not to Be Missed

Boston Public Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
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by Eric J. Hurwitz. Article updated on Dec. 31, 2016.

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More than just your basic, garden variety city of buildings, restaurants, hotels and traffic congestion, Boston has a one-of-a-kind personality. Here are just a few examples:

Historic Faneuil Hall with its dining and shopping options and festive environment with street vendors and entertainment

The European flair of Newbury St., -- the perfect place to dine at an outdoor cafe or shop (or window shop) high-end style

The charming, quaint Beacon Hill with its brick sidewalks, gas lamps and million dollar brownstone neighborhoods

The trendy South End with its diverse lifestyles, arts scene, and small, quaint restaurants

An oasis called the Boston Public Garden featuring scenic places to stroll, beautiful flowers and the famous Swan Boat Rides in the summer and the Frog Pond for skating in the winter

The Italian neighborhood charm and delicious homemade Italian-style pizza and baked goods in the North End of Boston

A high concentration of area universities and colleges like Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Simmons College that contribute to a cultural vibe and many events and attractions for students and public, alike
The Fens and Kenmore Square, known for its thriving nightlife scene and as home of the amazing Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox

Many famous museums like the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, Boston, the New England Aquarium, John F. Kennedy Museum and Library, and the USS Constitution.

History is well intact, including the 2.5 Freedom Trail Walk with many sites that give you a clue to what was behind the American Revolution and what ultimately led to our freedoms. Like any city, you'll find a fantastic variety of restaurants and lodging. Add roads that go this-way-and-that-way -- having no relation to a logical grid -- and some of the most crazy drivers in the country just adds to the charm, although this aspect can get a bit annoying.

We are happy and honored to help you in your research of a Boston vacation. Here,  we put ourselves in your position: if we were visiting Boston, what travel and vacation attractions would we want to see -- and where would we start the research process? While this is not an all encompassing Boston travel guide, we offer you what counts the most:  places we have been and, therefore, can recommend from experience and straight-from-the-heart. I will be adding to this Boston travel guide frequently, as every time I visit the city something seems to change significantly. It's a city I barely recognize from when growing up in the 1970s. What remains, however, shows remarkable historical preservation and significance and what is new typically makes the community that much better. It is really wicked awesome here!

Without further delay, welcome to your online locally-driven Boston travel guide with articles from, and its two blogs, The Thrifty New England Travel and The New England Travel and Vacation Gazette. Happy travels!

Touring the Boston neighborhoods
Read about great Boston tourist destinations in the Top New England attractions article
Historic Faneuil Hall for great dining and shopping
Eataly Boston marketplace: mouthwatering Italian foods, sweets, drinks under one roof
One-of-a-kind Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox
Read excerpts from Massachusetts Town Greens book on the Boston Common
Take a tour of Fenway Park
Seeing the Giant Ocean Tank at the New England Aquariuum
Swan Boats of Boston: a summer tradition
Visiting the Boston Public Garden
See 4 world-class Boston attractions at a huge discount
Explore the Freedom Trail in Boston
Seeing Boston at twilight
A tale of two Bostons: the Parkway, the skylines
Regina Pizzeria: legendary brick oven pizza in the North End
Mike's Pastry for cannolis and other Italian baked goods
Santarpio's: landmark pizza joint in East Boston
Pleasant Cafe, Roslindale, Mass., a Boston neighborhood landmark since 1937
Dining at historic Durgin Park restaurant in Faneuil Hall
Top North End of Boston food destinations
Greenway Carousel for summer family fun
Free, inexpensive museum admission in the Boston area
Enjoying the West End Museum
Taking a walk at coastal Castle Island in South Boston
An affordable way to enjoy the North End of Boston
Visiting the famous Cheers restaurant tourist attraction

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