Boston, Massachusetts

Hailed as the "Cradle of American Independence," Boston is filled with historic sites. Boston was America's first great city. In the 19th century, Boston was rightly described as the "Athens of America." Today this city of 800,000 retains its vitality, combining historic districts with revitalized urban centers while remaining faithful to its venerable roots. It is a city every American should visit at least once. Follow the Freedom Trail along three of the most historic miles in the country. See the site of the Boston Tea Party, trace the route of Paul Revere's famous ride, and stand on the bridge where Minutemen fired "the shot heard 'round the world." In the old Charlestown Navy Yard you can see the USS Constitution, the nation's oldest commissioned warship. (Note: The USS Constitution will be in dry dock from March 2015 – March 2018 for planned restoration.)

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Points of Interest

  • Faneuil Hall & Quincy Marketplace
  • Public Garden
  • Newbury Street
  • Freedom Trail
  • North End
  • Lexington & Concord
  • Harvard Square
  • Salem
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  • Faneuil Hall & Quincy Marketplace

    This Georgian building and marketplace has played an integral role in the life of Boston residents for over 250 years and is considered one of America's most famous shopping and dining experiences.

  • Public Garden

    The first botanical gardens in the country, this oasis in the heart of the city is home to a majestic monument of George Washington and the famous swan boats, which grace the waters of the lagoon.

  • Newbury Street

    An eclectic collection of 19th-century brownstones, upscale boutiques, sidewalk cafes and trendy galleries line this enchanting street, situated in the historic Back Bay section of the city.

  • Freedom Trail

    Begin at Boston Common and follow in the footsteps of our forefathers on this 2.5-mile trail delineated by red bricks, highlighting 16 of Boston's most historical sites from the American Revolution.

  • North End

    Discover Boston's oldest residential neighborhood, also known as Little Italy. An epicurean wonder, its outdoor cafes, delicious gelato and Italian specialty stores tantalize the taste buds at every turn.

  • Lexington & Concord

    Visit the famous North Bridge, where "the shot heard 'round the world" began the American Revolution, and commemorate the influence these two influential towns had on America's quest for liberty.

  • Harvard Square

    Situated in the center of Cambridge, across from Harvard University, the area bustles with academia and activity. Stroll past cafes and shops, and watch the ubiquitous chess games played outdoors.

  • Salem

    Explore the dark past of the Salem witch trials when you tour this fascinating town rich in cultural and historic significance.

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Ghosts & Gravestones Tour

1.75 hours | Boston | BOS-330
  • Faneuil Hall & Quincy Marketplace

A spine-tingling evening awaits when you board the "Trolley of the Doomed" and traverse the haunted streets of Boston in search of the city's darkest secrets, scariest sights and nearly 400-year-old burial grounds. Led by a 17th-century grave digger in full regalia, this "frightseeing" tour is a memorable way to experience the city's sordid past.

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Easy Boston Highlights Scenic Drive (Wheelchair Accessible)

2 hours | Boston | BOS-101
  • Public Garden
  • Newbury Street
  • Freedom Trail
  • North End
  • Faneuil Hall & Quincy Marketplace

Celebrate Boston's most treasured sights on a narrated driving tour designed for guests who prefer little or no walking. The city's American Revolutionary spirit comes to life as you view its historic districts, famous landmarks and revitalized urban center. Enjoy a photo stop and an independent sightseeing opportunity if time permits.

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Easy Boston Highlights Scenic Drive

2 hours | Boston | BOS-100
  • Public Garden
  • Newbury Street
  • Freedom Trail
  • North End
  • Faneuil Hall & Quincy Marketplace

Celebrate Boston's most treasured sights on a narrated driving tour designed for guests who prefer little or no walking. The city's American Revolutionary spirit comes to life as you view its historic districts, famous landmarks and revitalized urban center. Enjoy a photo stop and an independent sightseeing opportunity if time permits.

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Freedom Trail Walking Tour

3.5 hours | Boston | BOS-470
  • Faneuil Hall & Quincy Marketplace
  • Freedom Trail

Celebrate Colonial Revolutionary Boston on a walking tour along part of the "Freedom Trail," a route that links 16 historical sites and covers two and a half centuries of American history. A knowledgeable guide provides informative commentary on the landmarks you'll see as you step back in time.

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Historic Boston & Cambridge Scenic Drive

3.75 hours | Boston | BOS-305
  • Public Garden
  • Newbury Street
  • Freedom Trail
  • Faneuil Hall & Quincy Marketplace
  • North End
  • Harvard Square

Relive the 350-year old legacy of the "Birthplace of America" on a guided tour of Boston and Cambridge's historical sites. Visit the Old North Church and commemorate Paul Revere's midnight ride. Follow part of the Freedom Trail, stroll through Harvard Yard, and photograph exquisite Copley Square.

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Exclusive Boston Trolley Tour with Optional Hop On Hop Off

1.75 hours | Boston | BOS-130
  • Faneuil Hall & Quincy Marketplace

Perfect for independent travelers who enjoy seeing the sights on their own. Begin with an exclusive trolley tour that showcases the best of Boston and includes an optional visit to Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall with transport back to port. Extend the day with a ride on the public Hop On Hop Off bus.

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Kennedy Library and Boston Highlights

4 hours | Boston | BOS-200

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum is one of the nation's most popular presidential libraries. Enjoy an engaging 17-minute film chronicling the life of the 35th president, peruse interactive exhibits and peek inside a re-creation of the Oval Office. Then, embark on a panoramic driving tour of Boston's historical highlights.

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Duck Tour of Boston -- a Discovery Family Exclusive

1.75 hours | Boston | BOS-600
  • Faneuil Hall & Quincy Marketplace
  • Public Garden
  • Newbury Street
  • Freedom Trail
  • North End

Enjoy the highlights of Boston by both land and sea on this unique panoramic tour of the city's most important and scenic sites via a World War II amphibious vehicle called the "Boston Duck."

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Boston Highlights Scenic Drive & Harbor Cruise

3 hours | Boston | BOS-605
  • Public Garden
  • Newbury Street
  • Freedom Trail
  • North End
  • Faneuil Hall & Quincy Marketplace

Explore Boston from two different perspectives: by land and by sea. Enjoy a relaxing, panoramic cruise along the city's Harbor. Then, experience the diverse neighborhoods and historic sights on a narrated transportation tour that includes part of the Freedom Trail, Public Garden, and a photo stop at Copley Square.

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Fenway Park & Boston Highlights

3.5 hours | Boston | BOS-210
  • Public Garden
  • Newbury Street

For baseball fans, this tour is a must! Not only America's oldest and most beloved major league baseball stadium, Fenway Park is also home to the 2004, 2007 and 2013 World Series Champions.

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Harvard, Lexington, Concord & Boston Highlights

7.5 hours | Boston | BOS-300
  • Public Garden
  • Newbury Street
  • Freedom Trail
  • North End
  • Faneuil Hall & Quincy Marketplace
  • Lexington & Concord
  • Harvard Square

Celebrate the country's pursuit of liberty on a scenic guided tour that highlights Boston's patriotic sites and the historic towns of Lexington and Concord. Visit Harvard Yard and the Old North Bridge. Enjoy multiple photo stops, independent sightseeing, and free time for lunch at Quincy Market.

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The Boston Beer & Spirits Tour

3.5 hours | Boston | BOS-270

Discover Boston's thriving craft brewing and distillery scene on this half-day adventure that combines local history and the city's popular artisan beer scene. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the famous Samuel Adams Brewery, then visit two additional regional breweries and craft spirit producers. VIP access at each stop.

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Salem Witch History & Boston Highlights

7.5 hours | Boston | BOS-110
  • Public Garden
  • Newbury Street
  • North End
  • Salem

Discover the patriotic history and dramatic legends of two distinct New England towns on a scenic driving tour that features multiple photo opportunities. Drive through Boston to Copley Square and visit Salem, a town known for its 17th century fear of witchcraft.

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