Boston, USA - October 10, 2015: Tourists wandering along Acorn Street in Beacon Hill on a warm autumn day. Beacon Hill is one of the oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods in the United States.

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Acorn Street

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This atmospheric cobblestone alleyway is Boston's famous narrowest street. It was once home to artisans and to the service people who worked for the adjacent mansion dwellers. On the north side of the street, brick walls enclose examples of Beacon Hill's hidden gardens.

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