Boston is an American treasure. And it’s right at our doorstep.

Boston has all the markers of one of the world’s major cities—gleaming skyscrapers, a sprawling mass-transit system, a thriving financial district, major museums and cultural resources—but it feels compact and intimate.

It’s steeped in history and rich with culture. It’s brashly political, frankly commercial and seriously devoted to sports. It’s a classic American city. As the capital of Massachusetts, Boston is home to renowned hospitals and medical centers, a burgeoning biotechnology industry and cutting-edge computer firms.

It’s a mixture of old and new. The pioneering Museum of Science stands in the shadow of historic Bunker Hill. Symphony Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts are steps away from trendy clubs and galleries. The Red Sox and Celtics call the city home.

One of the nation’s favorite shopping districts—in and around Faneuil Hall—is also one of its most important historical sites.

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FANEUIL HALL AND QUINCY MARKET IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS