The City of Boston

Boston is the capital and largest city in Massachusetts and is one of the oldest cities in the United States.

Boston collage As the largest city in New England, Boston is sometimes regarded as the unofficial "Capital of New England" for its economic and cultural impact. Boston city proper had a 2008 estimated population of 620,535, making it the twenty-first largest city in the United States. Boston is also the anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area called Greater Boston, which is home to 4.5 million people and is the tenth-largest metropolitan area in the country.

Perhaps Boston can be best described as a welcome contradiction: Hip alongside historic. Skyscrapers surround parks. Gourmet meets pizza.

Just as the city pays homage to every period of America’s timeline, it also serves as all things to all people. The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is here to help you experience Boston like a local.

For that, check out Boston Insider to get the local perspective on the best experiences for Foodies, Traveling Families, History Lovers and others who want to indulge in their particular passion while in Boston.

Boston Travel Guide

Seaport District or the "South Boston Waterfront" has a completely new transportation network and quite a few new hotel and office projects have come online in the past few years. The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center straddles D Street, the Seaport Hotel and Seaport World Trade Center is located on Commonwealth Pier, and a new home for the Institute of Contemporary Art hangs over Boston Harbor just north of Northern Avenue.

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