Perhaps no other city in America holds as much history of the colonial and Revolutionary War era as Boston.
It's not surprising then that its main sites have become a pilgrimage trail for Americans and for others who hope to get a sense of that history.
Displays at both include artifacts, films, art, and sculpture related to the black experience in Boston and New England. Although the four museums that make up this complex contain treasures such as the artifacts brought back by Lewis and Clark, for most people, the highlight is the more than 3,000 models of 830 species of flowers and plants, some with insects, and all so realistic that you will have trouble believing they are made of glass.
Harvard University, founded in 1636, is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and is widely considered one of the world's leading academic centers. Adjoining Harvard Yard is the Renzo Piano-designed home of the Harvard Art Museums, including three formerly separate collections, each of which ranked high as major U. Created between 18 by artisans Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, the flowers are unique in the world, and their secret process has never been replicated.
Across the Charles River, a watery summer recreation area whose Boston shore is reserved as the Esplanade park, is Cambridge.
Although a separate and independent city, for tourist purposes, Cambridge is part of Boston and connected by the same transit system.
In good weather, you'll find street performers and buskers putting on shows in the square around the market, and along with the numerous food stalls, there are also shops selling jewelry, clothing, gifts, and souvenirs.
Author Louisa May Alcott lived here from 1880 to 1888.
It's easy to follow, by the line of red bricks in the sidewalk and by footprints at street crossings.
Begin by picking up brochures on the attractions at the Visitor Center in the Boston Common before heading to the State House.
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