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June 2008 - Boston, Massachusetts

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Welcome to the June 2008 issue of USATourist News Magazine. This month we're taking a trip to a city in New England: Boston, Massachusetts. Flying into Boston during sunset is one of my most memorable airplane landings. The rocky shore and the occasional lighthouse dotting the coastline with the sun dropping slowly behind the city made for a beautiful view. Boston is a modern city with hundreds of years of history. It is also one of the most diverse U.S. cities; according to the Boston Convention and Visitor's Bureau there are over 140 languages spoken by residents from over 80 different countries.

Step back in time

Take a walk on the Freedom Trail

Paul Revere Statue

Paul Revere Statue

2.5 miles (4 kilometers) of red-brick take history explorers to sixteen nationally significant historic sites such as the site of the Boston Massacre, Bunker Hill Monument and the USS Constitution ("the oldest commissioned warship afloat "). This path is called The Freedom Trail. Visitors can explore as much or as little of the trail as they like.

Also on the trail is one of the oldest buildings in downtown Boson, the Paul Revere House from circa 1680. The Revolutionary War hero and his family resided in the home from 1770 to 1800. Admission is: adults $3.00, seniors and college students $2.50, children (ages 5-17) $1.00.

Plimoth Plantation

Be prepared to visit a time when life was very different and history was being made. Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts is where visitors can experience the 17th century as it was to learn what life was like for the Pilgrims and Native Americans living in that era. Vintage homes have been preserved and restored and even "genuine" Pilgrim food is on the menu of the some of the plantation restaurants.

Mayflower II

Board Mayflower II and experience what it was like when the original Mayflower crossed the ocean. Visitors can meet and mingle with the Mayflower's "sailors" and "passengers". Those visitors who had relatives on the ship may even learn a thing to two about their ancestors from the people who portray them (Pilgrim William White was one of mine!).

There's always something fun at the Marketplace

The Faneuil Hall Marketplace is full of action. The Marketplace is housed in a converted 18th Century warehouse, filled with shops, eateries, and pushcart vendors (you'll also find some terrific chowder and seafood here). Outside the Marketplace, weekends are usually alive with street entertainers.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall Marketplace -
the lively core of Boston's historic waterfront

Have a whale of a time

Capt. John Boats offers visitors a memorable time during a whaling excursion to Stellwagen Bank, a marine sanctuary and one of the primary feeding grounds for humpback, fin, and minke whales, dolphins, and harbor porpoises (maybe you'll learn what distinguishes a dolphin from a porpoise). Capt. John also offers deep sea fishing expeditions where participants may catch mackerel, flounder, codfish, pollock, haddock, wolfish, and the occasional striped bass and bluefish.

Free Family Friendly Value Pass

Before you head to Boston be sure to print the free Family Friendly Value Pass, a gift from the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau and their sponsors. The pass is good now through October 31, 2008. (Always check visitor bureaus for such specials.)

Any family vacation is made better by a visit to an Amusement Park. Six Flags has a park in Springfield, Massachusetts is less than 2 hours drive from Boston. Visit Six Flags New England and make your kids' day!

Everyone loves to shop

In the Back Bay, visitors will discover rows of chic shopping along Newbury Street. Boylston Street is where you will find the fine department stores. The Shops at Prudential Center has over 75 shops and restaurants. The Copley Place, a marble and brass enclosed mall, has two levels of upscale mall shopping and restaurants.

Historic Swan Boats

Historic Swan Boats

For those looking for a good deal, Boston and its surrounding area have plenty of outlet malls, many less than an hour from the city. The malls offer discount prices on brand name manufacturers and designer store merchandise. Check out the website Boston Central; it has all of Boston's outlet malls addresses, distances, and phone numbers.

A classic Boston attraction

The 120-year-old Swan Boats drivers take passengers on a 15 minutes paddle ride around the Public Garden Lagoon. The "swans" run every year from April through September and are a great bargain: Adults $2.75, children $1.50 (age 2 to 15 years), and seniors $2.00.

Written by: Elizabeth L. Blair

All photos courtesy of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

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