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    Boston – a brief overview

    It’s not just the singular accent – there’s something defiantly unique about Boston. The city that raised John F Kennedy is the largest in New England and was home to some of the USA’s first settlers. As the birthplace of the American Revolution – witnessing key events such as the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, and Battle of Bunker Hill – it is

    steeped in history. Some of its well-preserved architecture dates back to before almost any other building in the country. Responsible for training some of the country’s best and brightest, Boston is also one of America’s intellectual and cultural capitals, as can be felt in many of the lively cafés, bars and restaurants.

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    The Freedom Trail

    Boston Common to Bunker Hill Monument
    Boston, MA 02108
    Tel: 617 357 8300
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    Learn about the history of the city and the American Revolution with this iconic tour, passing some of the most important public buildings, churches and historical sites in the USA.

    Fenway Park

    4 Yawkey Way
    Boston, MA 02215
    Tel: 1 877 733 7699
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    Built in 1912, this venerable stadium is the home of the legendary Red Sox. Sample a key part of US culture by attending a baseball game here.

    Museum of Fine Arts

    465 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115
    Tel: 617 267 9300
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Tue 1000-1645
    Wed-Fri 1000-2145
    Sat-Sun 1000-1645

    One of the grandest art museums in the USA, the MFA’s collection is also one of the biggest, covering all the major art movements, but its neoclassical architecture is worth the ticket price alone.

    Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum

    25 Evans Way
    Boston, MA 02115
    Tel: 617 566 1401
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1100-1700
    Thu 1100-2100

    Constructed in 1903 to look like a Venetian palace, this stunning building houses Gardner’s private art collection and more. Entry is permitted with MFA tickets – also, if your name is Isabella.

    Boston Common

    Beacon Hill
    Boston, MA 02108
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    The oldest public park in the USA, these immaculate gardens date back to 1634 and contain numerous important monuments such as the Boston Massacre Memorial.

    The North End

    The North End
    Boston, MA 02113
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    Known as Little Italy for its historical links with immigrant Italians, this charming waterfront neighbourhood boasts countless cafés and restaurants, and a unique atmosphere.

    Cape Cod

    One Long Wharf
    Boston, MA 02110
    Tel: 617 227 4321
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    For the best beaches in Massachusetts, incredible seafood and wonderful views, take a day trip by ferry to Cape Cod.

    Harvard Square

    Harvard Square
    02138 Cambridge
    Tel: 617 491 3434
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    At the centre of Harvard University, Harvard Square is rich in history. Millions of visitors are attracted every year to its bustle of cafés, bookshops – and ideas.

    Boston Duck Tours

    1 Central Wharf
    Boston, MA 02110
    Tel: 617 267 3825
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1900

    Enormously popular with tourists, the Duck Tour offers a view of the Boston skyline from the Charles River in a WWII-style amphibious landing vessel.

    Tours depart from the Prudential Center, Museum of Science and New England Aquarium

    Copley Square

    Copley Square, Back Bay
    02116 Boston
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    In the heart of the affluent and historic Back Bay area, this is one of the most important squares in Boston, featuring the John Hancock Tower, Trinity Church and more.

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    Country overview

    From its vast plains, snow-covered mountains, deep forests and strange rock formations, to soaring skyscrapers and a thunderous cultural scene, the USA is a collage of extremes. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of Manhattan’s unforgettable skyline, your first ride in a yellow cab, the ubiquitous hamburger joints, yawning expanses of prairie, the sweet strains of New Orleans jazz, or the neon-lit excesses of Las Vegas.

    Marvel at the thunderous spectacle of 12,000-year-old Niagara Falls in northern New York, or seek an antidote to urban chaos amidst the flat farmland of the Midwest. Then there are the black hills of South Dakota, the dramatic mountain and ocean landscape of California’s Pacific Coast Highway and the world-famous Grand Canyon.


    Covering a large part of the North American continent, the USA shares borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The country has coasts on the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The State of Alaska, in the northwest corner of the US, is not part of the continental US; it is separated from the rest of the USA by Canada. Similarly, Hawaii is not part of the “lower 48” states; it lies in the central Pacific Ocean.

    The country’s dependent territories are offshore and have distinct geographies of their own; the majority are islands.

    The third-largest country in the world (after the Russian Federation and Canada), the USA has an enormous diversity of geographical features, including mountains, plains, and coastal zones. Though there are many cities that are densely populated with more manmade features than natural ones, there are also vast rural areas that are far more sparsely populated. The climate ranges from subtropical to arctic, with a corresponding breadth of flora and fauna.

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    Population: 317297725

    Population Density (per sq km): 32

    Capital: Washington, DC.


    English, with significant Spanish-speaking minorties (10.7%).


    US Dollar (USD; symbol $) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, though the $2 bill is rare and is not in high circulation. Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.


    120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin.

    General business opening hours

    Business hours are officially Mon-Fri 0900-1730, although an extended working day is very common in certain sectors and it is not unusual for people to be working well into the night or over the weekend.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2015-December 2015 period.

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 19. January 2015
    Presidents’ Day: 16. February 2015
    Memorial Day: 25. May 2015

    Independence Day: 04. July 2015
    Labour Day: 07. September 2015
    Columbus Day: 12. October 2015
    Veterans’ Day: 11. November 2015
    Thanksgiving Day: 26. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015


    Nightlife in Boston


    Though Boston can’t claim to be a late-night party beacon, it does offer range with classy bars in the Back Bay and North

    End, ubiquitous Irish-style pubs, and downtown lounge joints. Cambridge is home to student hangouts and rock clubs.

    Eastern Standard

    528 Commonwealth Ave
    Boston, MA 02215
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    Dine on oysters or ceviche at the bar and soak up the buzzy atmosphere.

    Doyle’s Cafe

    3484 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain
    Boston, MA 02130
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    Dating back to 1892, this classic Irish-American pub offers an excellent range of beers on tap.

    Symphony Hall

    301 Massachusetts Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115
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    For classical music and unmatched acoustics, visit the home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

    Top of the Hub

    800 Boylston Street
    Boston, MA 02199
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    Fifty floors up, this glamorous lounge bar lets you sip Martini while enjoying spectacular views.

    Lizard Lounge

    1667 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA 02138
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    This is a hip venue and club showcasing local and international bands which tend towards the alternative.


    Restaurants in Boston


    The lifeblood of New England for generations, fresh fish has always defined Boston’s culinary scene, and visitors shouldn’t miss the red lobster or clam chowder.

    But prepare for different thrills too, as this proud city is also home to some of the most innovative chefs in the USA.

    Neptune Oyster

    63 Salem Street
    02113 Boston
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    Price: Expensive

    One of the finest seafood restaurants in the city, Neptune lies in the chic North End.

    No 9 Park

    9 Park Street
    Boston, MA 02108
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    Price: Expensive

    Inspired by Italian and French cuisine, this fine-dining restaurant is set in an old townhouse.

    Hungry Mother

    233 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue
    Cambridge, MA 02141
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    Price: Moderate

    For cornbread, grits, fish pot roast and other local classics, ask the Mother.

    Union Oyster House

    41 Union Street
    Boston, MA 02108
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    Price: Cheap

    Dating back to 1826, America’s so-called oldest restaurant has the city’s best clam chowder, with oyster crackers.

    Barking Crab

    88 Sleeper Street
    Boston, MA 02210
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    Price: Cheap

    In this lively waterfront eatery, the fresh-caught lobster is delicious and affordable.


    Calendar of events

    Cambridge River Festival

    6 June 2015

    Venue: Memorial Drive

    The Cambridge River Festival celebrates all things arts-related with a free outdoor event, attracting an enthusiastic audience of 200,000 people annually to the banks of the Charles River. The event starts with a procession from Harvard Square to the river, with a variety of visual and performing art and food which reflects the city’s diverse neighborhoods and cultural heritage. Enjoy everything from national and local jazz, folk and world music to dance, poetry and theatre performances.

    Boston Globe Jazz and Blues Festival

    22 – 28 June 2015

    Venue: Throughout the city

    A must for music-lovers.

    Boston Harborfest

    1 – 5 July 2015

    Venue: Boston’s downtown and waterfront districts

    Ending with a bang to coincide with the US’s Fourth of July celebrations, Boston Harborfest is a seven-day celebration that gets the city in the party spirit with a packed programme of entertainment. Events show off the city’s rich colonial and maritime heritage through a series of re-enactments, exhibitions, guided city tours and historic displays. Always popular with families, Children’s Day is one of the main events where younger visitors can enjoy a mix of sports events, performances, jugglers and face painters. With fun, games and entertainment for visitors of all ages, the Boston Harborfest is one of the biggest celebrations in the city.

    Independence Day Commemorative Events

    4 July 2015

    Venue: Various location in Boston

    As the city inextricably linked with the start of the American Revolution, Boston takes its independence seriously. The day starts at 0900 with an official flag raising in City Hall Plaza. Then a parade begins on route from Tremont, Bromfield, Washington, to Court Street, pausing at the Old Granary Burial Ground to place wreaths on the graves of John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Peter Faneuil, and Robert Paine, followed by reading of the Declaration of Independence in front of the Old State House. There are then 4 July celebrations all over the city followed in the evening by a spectacular fireworks display (10,000 shells and devices are used each year). The Boston Pops have entertained music fans on the Esplanade along the banks of the Charles River since 1930 and the tradition continues with the orchestra providing the soundtrack for the celebration.

    Boston Celtic Music Festival

    8 – 9 January 2016

    Venue: Club Passim

    This unique event features 100 musicians and performers representing Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic traditions. This is a great opportunity to sample Celtic culture with lots of concerts, ceilidh and workshops for all ages.

    Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day

    19 January 2016

    Venue: Various locations in Boston

    The city of Boston celebrates the anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s birth on 15 January 1929 with a series of concerts, exhibitions and special events. The revered civil rights leader was a figurehead of the campaign for equality for African Americans whose famous “I have a dream” speech is known throughout the world. King gained a PhD in Systematic Theology from Boston University in 1955 and is enshrined in the city’s cultural identity. In 1986, 18 years after his assassination on 4 April 1968, the anniversary of his birth became a public holiday throughout America. Boston marks the holiday weekend with a series of special events, church services and exhibitions in various locations across the city.

    Annual Boston Wine Festival

    January / February 2016

    Venue: Boston Harbor Hotel

    The Boston Harbor Hotel plays host to over 50 guest wineries for 3 months of wining and dining on a grand scale. As well as some of the best established names in the wolrd, the festival is renowned for introducing some of the very best new wines available and so is very popular with connoisseurs.

    Boston International Film Festival

    14 – 18 April 2016

    Venue: Various venues.

    This 10-day event is a must for cinema fans.

    Boston Marathon

    18 April 2016

    Venue: Boston streets and rural roads.

    The Boston race is the oldest annually contested marathon in the world. Beginning in the rural New England town of Hopkinton, the course runs the customary 42.2km (26 miles 385 yards) to the centre of Boston, with Men’s Elite, Women’s Elite and amateurs starting in turn. Boston’s was the first marathon to introduce a wheelchair division. The field limit is 20,000 participants and would-be runners are always advised to get their applications in early. The event enjoys a lively, holiday atmosphere and among the better vantage points are Boston College and Beacon Street, just before the finish line. The run is likely to be particularly poignant, givem the terrorist attack in the 2013 event, which maimed and killed countless runners and spectators.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Boston


    In recent years, Boston has drastically improved its accommodation options, with old favourites receiving much-needed makeovers, and boutique hotels drawing

    visitors to developing areas of the city. The question now is – how to choose?

    Boston Harbor Hotel

    70 Rowes Wharf
    Boston, MA 02110
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    Category: Expensive

    Leading the way in Boston’s lodging list is this opulent wonder with marble-lavished interiors.

    Hotel Commonwealth

    500 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215
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    Category: Expensive

    The elegant home of trendy nightspot Eastern Standard, this hotel is popular with the rich and famous.

    Nine Zero

    90 Tremont Street
    02108 Boston
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    Category: Moderate

    With yoga sessions, personal shoppers and a celebrity chef, Nine Zero is the best of Boston’s boutique hotels.

    Boston Marriott Copley Place

    110 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02116
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    Category: Moderate

    Ideally located, this enormous hotel offers panoramic views of the city.

    Boston Hotel Buckminster

    645 Beacon Street
    Boston, MA 02215
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    Category: Cheap

    With a history dating back to 1897, this quaint but handsome hotel is a walk down memory lane.

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    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +1


    For emergency police, fire or medical services in major cities, dial 911. The following codes denote toll-free (freephone) numbers: 800, 855, 866, 877 and 888.

    Mobile Telephone

    Foreign mobile telephones only work if they are tri-band or quad-band; charges are high. Visitors can also hire a mobile telephone. Pre-pay cell phones can be purchased from a variety of retail outlets, including drug stores.


    There are internet cafés in most urban areas, and an increasing number of Wi-Fi hotspots. Many coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi. Many of the international airports offer internet access too.


    Shopping in Boston

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    Key Areas

    You can find all the big-name designer brands in Boston, but the city has managed to hold onto many of its old independent outlets too. Bookshops abound, particularly in Cambridge, while Newbury Street is the main shopping thoroughfare.


    There are several flea markets around the city, but the best one is Sunday’s SoWa Market (Harrison Avenue).

    The hungry come for the food trucks and fantastic farmers market, but there’s also an arts section full of handmade items (Thayer Street).

    Shopping Centres

    Copley Place is an upmarket mall in Back Bay, housing the likes of Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffany & Co. In the suburbs, Natick Mall provides a more down-to-earth shopping experience (1245 Worcester Street).

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    Social Conventions

    Americans are renowned for their openness and friendliness to visitors. The wide variety of national origins and the USA’s relatively short history has resulted in numerous cultural and traditional customs living alongside each other. In large cities, people of the same ethnic background often live within defined communities.

    Shaking hands is the usual form of greeting. A relaxed and informal atmosphere is usually the norm. As long as the fundamental rules of courtesy are observed, there need be no fear of offending anyone of any background.

    Gifts are appreciated if one is invited to a private home.

    As a rule, dress is casual. High-end restaurants, hotels and clubs may require more formal attire.

    Smoking is increasingly unpopular in the US; it is essential to ask permission before lighting up. Smoking is not allowed on city transport and restricted or forbidden in public buildings in most states. There will be a posted notice where no smoking is requested. An increasing number of states (including California and New York) have banned smoking altogether in bars, restaurants and many public places.

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    Main emergency number: 911

    Food & Drink

    Food in the US is safe to eat, and the conditions under which food is prepared and served are regulated by city, state, and federal health and hygiene agencies. In many jurisdictions, it is mandatory for restaurants to have a certificate of health or hygiene, as well as the current grade they have been assigned, posted visibly.

    Although America is famous for its fast food and obesity rates, the local and fresh food movement is very popular in many areas, especially cities, making it easy to eat healthy. A variety of options also makes it easy for people with special dietary needs to find food that suits them, whether their needs are due to health reasons or to religious requirements.

    Tap water is considered safe to drink in the US and is often offered in restaurants before bottled water. Bottled water is available throughout the country, however, both in restaurants and shops, for those who prefer not to drink tap water.

    Other Risks

    The US is generally considered a safe destination for world visitors. Occasional outbreaks of disease, such as West Nile Virus (a mosquito-borne illness) and H1N1 have occurred in recent years, however. Frequent hand-washing and general practices of good hygiene are encouraged to protect oneself against all types of illness.

    Another concern with regard to safety is the possibility of terrorist attacks such as the one that occurred on September 11, 2001. City, state, and federal agencies have stringent anti-terrorism practices in place, however, and direct threats are infrequent.

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