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Destination Guide: Boston

Fresh seafood and walks along the Freedom Trail
Trace America's path to nationhood, exploring neighbourhoods made famous by Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere. Relish the melodies of the Boston Symphony Orchestra after hours, then refresh your energy with a bowl of steaming chowder.

Food and Drink

Discover why the locals won't eat seafood anywhere but in Boston. Choose from menus of the freshest grilled cod, delicate mussels and butter-drenched lobster in upscale Back Bay. Fried calamari and seafood linguine satisfy diners at the red-and-white-checked tables of the friendly Italian North End. Quick and simple is the rule at Faneuil Hall, with street-side dining and take-away sandwich shops.

Sightseeing and relaxation

Explore Boston's cultural richness along its cobbled streets. Step into the 18th century and learn the story of American independence at the Old North Church and Paul Revere's House, both on the Freedom Trail. Springtime ushers in baseball season, when locals dine on hot dogs and cheer for the Boston Red Sox.

Shopping

Browse galleries of colonial-era antiques and contemporary artworks. Boston's chic Back Bay draws art-lovers to its one-off boutiques and galleries. Contemporary art glass and oil paintings fill shop fronts on Newbury Street, while Charles Street's antique shops are piled high with 18th-century pewter candlesticks, colonial prints and embellished mirrors.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Cheer with the sport-crazed Bostonians or opt for world-class concerts. One of the world's great orchestras entertains at Symphony Hall, its honey-coloured interior resonating with Ravel and Prokofiev and adorned with Greek statues. In winter, TD Banknorth Garden hosts the beloved Boston Celtics basketball team. Toast the winners - or mourn with the losers - at sports bars near Faneuil Hall.