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Public Garden
The Public Garden was the first public botanical garden in the United States, established in 1837. The Public Garden and Boston Common is split by Charles Street, and provides a locals' boundary between Beacon Hill and Back Bay. A statue of George Washington stands at the Arlington Street entrance.

The Garden had been salt marshes on the edge of the Common before being created in the early 19th century. Numerous fountains and statues decorate the spacious park.

Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library, just off Copley Square, was founded in 1848. Often referred to as "the BPL," the library claims to be the first library in the country to lend a book, and the first to have a children's room. Today, many visitors seek out the BPL to gaze at the murals by John Singer Sargent, to relax in the peaceful courtyard, or to use the free Internet access.

Copley Square
Located in the heart of Back Bay, Copley Square is the home to fountains, history and the stunning Trinity Church. Shown here through the water of a fountain, Trinity Church, is built on pilings sunk into the swampy Back Bay, and it is currently undergoing some exterior renovations. When the light is right, the nearby John Hancock Tower provides beautiful reflections of the church's roof and steeple.

Old North Church
The Old North Church was built in 1723 in the Georgian style following Christopher Wren. In this rare and beautiful building - that is still an active Episcopal church - art, history and faith meet in a special way. It was from the steeple of the Old North Church that the two lanterns closely associated with Paul Revere were hung by Robert Newman, Church sexton, on April 18, 1775, igniting the War for Independence and leading to the birth of our Nation. The Old North Church is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.

North End
Narrow, winding streets and the smell of coffee in the air probably mean you're in the North End, Boston's oldest neighbourhood and home to much of the city's Italian population. The heart of the Italian section is Salem, crammed with bakeries, cafés, delicatessens and candy shops. Among the remnants of Boston's early days are Copp's Hill Burying Ground, serving stiffs since 1660 (look for headstones pockmarked by Revolutionary War musket balls); the tiny clapboard Paul Revere House, built in 1680 and the oldest house in Boston.

Freedom Trail
To travel back to Revolutionary Boston--to understand the people, the events, and ideals of the 18th century--is a great leap for us today. But the sites along the Freedom Trail do speak eloquently of that time. Bostonians and other colonists shared a notion of liberty that was precious and worth fighting for. The Freedom Trail sites include scenes of critical events in Boston's and the nation's struggle for freedom. Most of the Boston National Historical Park sites are connected by the Freedom Trail. Recognized as a National Recreation Trail, the 3-mile trail is a walking tour of 16 sites and structures of historic importance in downtown Boston and Charlestown.

Harvard Square
Beyond Harvard Yard, Harvard Square's historic red brick walkways lead visitors to hundreds of restaurants, top notch retailers, museums, entertainment venues, bookstores, architectural landmarks, and an ever-changing outdoor arena of street performances. Harvard Square is located 3 miles from the Royal Sonesta.

New England Aquarium
The Boston Aquarium provides its visitors with an opportunity to marvel at the beauty of starfish and brilliantly colored fish and to laugh at the playful antics of the penguins and sea mammals. Located by the Boston Harbor, the aquarium is not only an educational experience, it is truly fun for both kids and adults. It is located minutes away from this hotel.

Children's Museum
This attraction is a must for family travel to Boston, providing hands-on learning for children aged zero to 10.

JFK Library
Dedicated to the memory of the nation's thirty-fifth president, this Boston attraction features a museum and an enormous literary collection.

Back Bay
This attractive Boston district is the historic home of classic brownstones, countless restaurants and world-class shopping.

Chinatown
Established in 1830 after the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, this Boston attraction sustains the colors and tastes of Asian culture.

Beacon Hill
Distinguished by cobblestone streets, this Boston attraction chronicles the past, featuring antique stores on every corner.

Boston Harbor
This fundamental Boston attraction features a wide variety of options for entertainment, dining and boat cruises

Charlestown
This neighbourhood is a living museum of Boston's shipbuilding past. At the river's edge is the oldest commissioned ship in the US Navy, the USS Constitution. Launched in 1797, it got its nickname, 'Old Ironsides', after surviving over 40 engagements during Thomas Jefferson's war against the Barbary pirates of North Africa.

Faneuil Hall
Faneuil Hall and the adjacent Quincy Market form one of the country's first mixed-use commercial developments. The hall, built in the 1740s, has always been a market with an upstairs meeting hall; Quincy Market's three granite buildings were added nearly 100 years later to provide warehouse and retail space. Fishsellers and butchers still have stalls in Quincy Market's warehouses, but they now have trendy espresso joints and piano bars as neighbours.


Cape Cod
'The Cape' - as it's universally called - is among New England's favourite summer vacation destinations and it thrives on tourism. Vacationers come (in dribs and drabs in the off-season, and in hordes in the warmer months) to lose themselves amongst endless miles of windswept seashore.


Concord

Concord was the Redcoats' next stop, but the guerrilla tactics of the Minutemen proved too much for them and they hightailed it back to Boston. White church steeples and oak and maple trees make this a quintessential New England town, located about 22 miles (35km) northwest of Boston.

Lexington
Lexington is a repository of the kind of American History that comes in capital letters and reverent tones. On 18 April 1775, Paul Revere and two companions rode from Boston to Lexington in the predawn hours to warn the colonial militia - the Minutemen - of the impending approach of British troops.

Marblehead
If you feel oppressed by the morbidity of Salem, Marblehead is a good place to clear your head with a big hit of sea air. Just a few miles southeast of Salem, Marblehead's narrow winding streets are excellent for exploring on foot. The best sights are in Old Town, also known as the Marblehead Historic District, where most of the town's colonial and early federal houses are.

Salem
300 years ago the town was rife with rumors and accusations, and 19 people got the rope for consorting with the Wicked One. These days Salem takes a Disneyesque approach to its bewitching past. The most famous house in Salem is the House of the Seven Gables, eponymous star of the 1851 Nathaniel Hawthorne novel. It's open to visitors year round. Salem is 20 miles (32km) northeast of Boston, about a 35-minute train ride away. The Salem Trolley takes visitors past all the major points of interest.

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