Clockwise from top: Financial District as seen from Boston Harbor; Federal-style rowhouses in Beacon Hill; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; a brass marker on the Freedom Trail; Boston Public Garden in fall; buoys in Rockport; Harvard University’s Memorial Hall

City of the future, cradle of American history. Hotbed of innovation, bastion of tradition. Like a polished gem cut from the rocky shores of New England, Boston has so many facets that discovering it can entertain visitors for days on end. It dazzles with renowned museums, great shopping, lush gardens and parks, and vibrant public spaces. With Eyewitness Top 10 Boston, it’s yours to explore.

The fastest way to fall in love with Boston is to explore it on foot. Walk the Freedom Trail through the heart of Downtown and North End to famous Revolutionary War sites, including the Paul Revere House, Old North Church, and Faneuil Hall. You can then explore the vibrant beauty of Boston Common and Public Garden, the majesty of Trinity Church, and the fun of high-fashion shopping along Newbury Street.

When you are ready for a taste of culture, what could be better than an evening listening to the fabled Boston Symphony Orchestra, or a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, or the delightfully eccentric Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum? And be sure to explore the remarkable science and art museums of Harvard University.

Did we mention the food? With the Atlantic Ocean as its front door and the farms of New England close by, it’s no wonder that Boston is renowned for great seafood and farm-to-table-fresh fare, not to mention a wealth of delicious dishes from every part of the world.

Whether you’re visiting for a weekend or a week, our Top 10 guide brings together the best of everything the city has to offer, from the historic Beacon Hill to the lively Theater District. The guide has useful tips throughout, from seeking out what’s free to avoiding the crowds, plus 10 easy-to-follow itineraries, designed to tie together a clutch of sights in a short space of time. Add inspiring photography and detailed maps, and you’ve got the essential pocket-sized travel companion. Enjoy the book, and enjoy Boston.

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