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Boston, Massachusetts
Boston is the largest city in New England, the capital of the state of Massachusetts, and one of the most historic, wealthy and influential cities in the United States of America. Its plethora of museums, historical sights, and wealth of live performances, all explain why the city gets 16.3 million visitors a year, making it one of the ten most popular tourist locations in the country.

Although not in Boston, Cambridge (just across the Charles River, home to Harvard and MIT) is part of the larger urban area and an essential addition to any visit to Boston.

Boston Neighborhoods

Allston and Brighton (Allston-Brighton, All-Bright) – Located west of Boston proper, these districts (especially Brighton) are primarily residential, and are home to many students and young professionals.

Back Bay – This upscale area of Boston has fine shops, fine dining, as well as sites such as the Prudential Center, Copley Square, and Hynes Convention Center.

Beacon Hill – Once the neighborhood of the Boston Brahmins. Beacon Hill has real gas-lit street lanterns on many of the streets, as well as many original bricks dating back to age of the city itself. Bring your camera.

Charlestown – Across the Charles River to the north, this is the site of the Bunker Hill Monument.

Chinatown – Great Asian food, great herbalists and next to downtown and the theatre district. 4th largest Chinatown in the United States.

Dorchester (“Dot”) – Although this is a large working class neighborhood with a strong Irish character, it is also home to many different ethnic groups. Typically, Dorchester is not a desirable destination for tourists.

Downtown – This is the hub of tourist activity with Faneuil Hall, the Freedom Trail, Boston Public Garden, and Boston Common. It is also the center of city and state governments, businesses, and shopping.

East Boston (Eastie) – On a peninsula across Boston Harbor from the main bulk of the city and the location of Logan Airport. Several underwater tunnels connect East Boston to the rest of the city. Large Latin American population.

Fenway-Kenmore (The Fens, Kenmore Square) – Fenway Park is the home of the 2004 and 2007 world champion Boston Red Sox.

Financial District – Boston’s business and financial center, this area has a growing number of residential buildings, plenty of restaurants, bars, and tourist attractions such as Faneuil Hall, the Old State House, and the New England Aquarium.

Hyde Park (HP)

Jamaica Plain (JP) – A diverse residential neighborhood and home to Samuel Adams Brewery.

Mattapan – A residential neighborhood that is home to the cities large West Indian population.

Mission Hill – A residential neighborhood.

North End is the city’s Italian neighborhood with excellent restaurants. It is also the location of the Old North Church.

Roslindale (Rozzie): Residential neighborhood, also a large Greek population.

Roxbury (The Bury)

South Boston (Southie) – this is a proud residential neighborhood with a waterfront district and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on its north side. Home to one of the largest Irish and Irish American populations in the country.

South End, just south of Back Bay, has Victorian brownstones and a bohemian atmosphere. Large Gay population.

West End – Once a slum, this neighborhood submitted to “urban renewal” during the late 1950s and is no longer a coherent neighborhood].

West Roxbury (Westie, West Rox, WR)

There are also several “districts” you might hear mentioned. “Districts” are generally areas of common interest located within a larger neighborhood:

  • Financial District (downtown)
  • Leather District (downtown)
  • SoWa District (south of Washington, South End)
  • Theatre District (south of Chinatown)
  • Waterfront District (South Boston)
  • Ladder District (newer phrase for Downtown Crossing)

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