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Boston

Boston is driven by revolution and innovation, by Puritans and protesters, immigrants and artists, students and scholars, exploring the past and navigating the future.

About the Mural

About the Mural

Latitude: 42.35261, Longitude: -71.128357

In Allston, where graffiti artists and muralists vie for wall space, you’ll find this nostalgic piece of street art at the intersection of Brighton and Chester. The 10ft by 26ft mural shows Boston as a city of innovation, both past and present.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

“Mrs Jack” Gardner was a philanthropist, socialite and traveler who dedicated herself to uncovering treasures, mostly in the form of Old Master and contemporary 19th-century artworks. Her Venetian palazzo-style home is now a private museum showcasing her exquisite art collection and her inspiring life.

SoWa

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SoWa

Wander So-uth of Wa-shington St to discover this neighborhood of artistic rebirth. Creative spirits have turned warehouses into galleries and studio space. A once forsaken underpass is awash in wild, colorful murals. And on Sunday afternoons, the district hosts the city’s largest art market, a throng of vendors offering all things artisanal.

Saltie Girl

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Saltie Girl

When in Boston, eat as much seafood as possible. Saltie Girl guarantees plenty of options: some raw, smoked, fried and even tinned. The crowded and convivial “seafood bar” offers exquisite interpretations of classics, as well as some unexpected innovations for adventurous eaters. Reservations not accepted but it’s worth the wait.

Brattle Book Shop

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Brattle Book Shop

Tucked into a downtown side street, literary mavens will find one of the country’s largest and oldest antiquarian bookstores, dating to 1825. There are three floors of stacks to explore, one dedicated to rare books and collectibles, not to mention an outdoor sale lot overflowing with bargain books.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

“No tax on tea!” So cried the mob of protesters as they stormed three ships in Boston Harbor and threw the valuable cargo overboard. Senseless destruction of property or radical stand against injustice? Journey back in time to experience the Boston Tea Party first hand and debate the issues of the era.

All For Freedom
“[It’s] full of crooked little streets; but I tell you Boston has opened and kept open, more turnpikes that lead straight to free thought and free speech and free deeds than any other city of live or dead men.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
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