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Beacon Hill is arguably Boston’s most beautiful neighborhood. Located north of Boston Common, Beacon Hill is awash with quaint, cobblestone-lined alleyways, corners dotted with gas street lamps, stately townhouses affixed with bay view windows and vibrant, flower-filled window boxes. It’s Beacon Hill’s incredible style, a stunning mix of Federal and Greek revival architecture, that make this neighborhood an attraction in and of itself. And recent visitors couldn’t agree more.

Travelers who ventured to Beacon Hill were charmed by its beauty and say that it’s the perfect place to take a long stroll and get lost. While here, make sure to wander to noteworthy spots including the picturesque Louisburg Square and Acorn Street, the latter of which is one of the most photographed places in Boston. After, head down Charles Street, where you’ll find restaurants, shops and bars. Fans of the TV show "Cheers" will want to walk down Beacon Street to find the bar that inspired the program.

You’ll also find the Massachusetts State House nearby as well as Boston Common and Boston Public Garden. If you’re interested in learning more about the history of Beacon Hill, visit the Nichols House Museum or take a complimentary walking tour (provided by the National Park Service) down The Black Heritage Trail, which chronicles the lives of African Americans who lived in Beacon Hill during the 19th century.

Beacon Hill is free to visit and has no set hours of operation, although individual businesses within the neighborhood do. For more information, visit the Boston tourism board’s website.

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#1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Four buildings – Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market – constitute Faneuil Hall Marketplace, with the oldest being Faneuil Hall. Built in 1742 and now located on the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall has had a long and important history in Massachusetts politics. Samuel Adams once stood here to push for resistance against the British, and abolitionists and suffragists have stood on their soapboxes here. In fact, this is where Jonathan Mayhew famously challenged the Sugar Act of 1764 by proclaiming, "no taxation without representation." Since Mayhew's declaration, the marketplace has expanded to include more than 100 shops and restaurants. 

Some former visitors caution that the items sold at Faneuil Hall Marketplace are a bit overpriced. However, if you're looking to kill some time or snap some great photos, consider strolling through the market's halls. You'll also find various cuisines served in Quincy Market if you're in need of a quick bite. Keep in mind that this market gets crowded quickly (especially on weekends and in the summer), so it's best to visit during a weekday if you don't want to encounter hordes of people. 

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