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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 technically in Boston, the neighboring cities of Cambridge and Brookline are functionally integrated with Boston by mass transit and effectively a part of the city. Cambridge, just across the Charles River, is home to Harvard, MIT, local galleries, restaurants, and bars and is an essential addition to any visit to Boston. Brookline is nearly surrounded by Boston and has its own array of restaurants and shopping.

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  1. The first American lighthouse was built in Boston Harbor in 1716.
  2. The Fig Newton is named after a Boston suburb.
  3. Boston is home to the oldest public park in the US.
  4. Revere Beach in Boston was the country’s first public beach.
  5. Fenway Park which was opened in 1912 is the oldest original Major League Baseball stadium still in use.

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