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Boston Travel Guide

Photo: Iwan Baan/Courtesy of the ICA/Boston

Photo: Meghan Lamb

Photo: Meghan Lamb

Photo: Meghan Lamb

Photo: Courtesy of Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

Photo: Courtesy of Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

Photo: Courtesy of Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

Photo: Courtesy of Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

Photo: Courtesy of Boston Harbor Association

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America’s most intimate metropolis, or its biggest small town? Depending on where you happen to be standing, Boston can easily feel like either (and here a single block can make a world of difference). While ghosts of the nation’s early days—of Paul Revere’s ride, the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Tea Party—still linger along its many twisting, cobblestoned streets, this is no Ye Olde Colonial Theme Park: alongside the heirloom townhouses, stately museums, and white-steepled churches you’ll find surprisingly chic hotels, edgy shops, a rollicking nightlife, and cutting-edge restaurants rivaling those in New York and Chicago. Unlike those cities, however, Boston is compact and accessible enough to navigate with a pair of comfortable shoes and a subway Charlie Card.

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