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Top Ten Things to Do in Boston
A key event during the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party saw crates of tea owned by the British East India Company emptied into the water of Boston Harbor. One of three ships that lost their cargo to the revolutionaries, the Beaver, is now a museum dedicated to the event. It will reopen following renovations in the summer of 2009.

Cheers

The exterior of the bar 'where everybody knows your name', made famous by television series Cheers, was that of a pub called The Bull and Finch. Thirsty travelers staying at a local Boston hostel can pop in for a refreshing drink – while the original bar, now named Cheers, is located on Beacon Street and there is also a replica bar at Quincy Market.

Sports

Sports fans are bound to find a game to suit their tastes in Boston, home to the Boston Bruins (ice hockey), Boston Red Sox (baseball), Boston Celtics (basketball) and New England Patriots (American football). The city also holds a marathon every April and the Head of the Charles Regatta every October.

Harvard University

Situated just outside Boston in Cambridge, Harvard is one of the world's most famous academic institutions. More than 350 years old, the college counts among its alumni famous names including President John F. Kennedy, actress Natalie Portman and poet TS Eliot. Harvard is home to a number of museums relating to art and science, all of which are open to the public.

Salem

This picturesque port city 16 miles from Boston has a dark and fascinating history – made famous for the witch trials that took place during 1692 and resulted in the hanging of 19 people on accounts of witchcraft. Travelers visiting the city can learn more about the trials and how they occurred at the Salem Witch Museum.

Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile walk around Boston that takes in 16 historic locations to piece together the story of the city's role in the American Revolution. Among the famous sites, backpackers will pass the Old South Meeting House, where it is thought the Boston Tea Party originated, and the Bunker Hill Monument, the spot where revolutionaries and the British army fought a great battle in 1775.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall Marketplace incorporates Quincy Market, North Market and South Market and is a 250-year-old meeting place on the Freedom Trail, packed with shops, stalls and eateries. Built in 1742 by merchant Peter Faneuil, the marketplace today bustles with shoppers, traders and street performers.

Museum of Fine Arts

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is home to more than 450,000 artworks, with collections ranging from European masterpieces to textiles from Asia. Exhibitions scheduled for 2009 include ‘Visions of Kyoto: Scenes from Japan's Ancient Capital’ and Karsh 100: A Biography in Images.

Ether Dome

The Ether Dome is an operating theater at Massachusetts General Hospital and is said to be where the first demonstration of surgery using an anaesthetic took place in 1846. It is now used for conferences, but is still open to the general public.

Parks

Travelers staying at any of the Boston hostels and looking for some green space and fresh air have plenty of choice when it comes to parks. The city boasts an Emerald Necklace of public parks, including Boston Common in the heart of the city, the Back Bay Fens situated close to the river and Olmsted Park, named after the landscape designer, Frederick Law Olmsted.
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Before settling down and becoming a copywriter for HostelBookers.com Paul Scottyn did a backpacking tour of USA, he checked out a variety of hostels in USA including some Boston hostels.
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