Greater Boston is a region in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the United States of America.
Downtown Boston is really the heart of the city. Many companies and agencies have their headquarters in the area, and City Hall and the State House are also located here.
A city of history and tradition, Boston offers a proud legacy of culture, education, and numerous sporting championships. Boston's independent spirit has been displayed to the world ever since colonists angry over a British tax on their beloved tea dumped shiploads of it into the harbor in protest.
Known as "Little Italy" for over a hundred years, the North End proudly carries the torch of Boston's Italian heritage. Its narrow, dense streets consistently draw hordes of visitors looking to experience old world culture and first class dining.
Historical heavyweights, Back Bay and Beacon Hill are some of Boston's most beautiful neighborhoods. With narrow gas lit streets and scores of architecturally significant buildings, these distinctly different neighborhoods will make up the core of almost any visitors itinerary.
Possessing the largest Victorian row house district in the country, the South End is one of Boston's most popular places. After many homes underwent renovation in the 1960s, upscale restaurants and art galleries sprang up, and the area has attracted a diverse blend of families, young professionals, a gay and lesbian community and a thriving artistic center.
Boston's Charlestown was the traditional home of employees at the now-decommissioned Navy Yard. Recently it has experienced a shift in its population and industry and an increasing number of young professionals are joining the families who have lived in the area for years.
A lot of neighborhoods claim to be diverse, but East Boston is the real deal. "Eastie", as the locals call it, has always been a welcoming place for immigrants hoping to gain a toehold in Boston.
The Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood is named after both Kenmore Square, and the Fens, both of which it encompasses. Kenmore Square is the area's dynamic urban center.
Cambridge is a city in Massachusetts, just across the Charles River from Boston. It is renowned as the home of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both widely considered to be among the best universities in the world.
Brookline is a town in Massachusetts that is bordered on three sides by Boston. Brookline is primarily residential, and it's technically a suburb, but it's fairly high density considering all of that.
Revere is a city in Massachusetts in the North Shore region. Revere Beach is the oldest public beach in the United States of America.
Medford is a city in Massachusetts. It is home to Tufts University.
Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill are two distinct neighborhoods within the City of Boston. They are grouped together here due to their shared border and transit options.
Both bound closely with Boston while remaining a bit cut off, Allston/Brighton is defined by the colleges that surround it. A visit reveals a bohemian vibe in this student village writ large.
The Outer Neighborhoods of Boston are four distinct neighborhoods that have been consolidated here for the visitor. These areas are a bit further from the city center and can take a little planning to investigate, but gems abound for the adventurous!
Watertown is a city in the Greater Boston metropolitan area of Massachusetts.
The Boston Harbor Islands are a group of thirty-four islands in Massachusetts that are a unit of the United States National Park System.
Braintree is located on the South Shore in Southeastern Massachusetts. It is located along several major thoroughfares, making it convenient to Boston.
Newton is a city in Massachusetts and a western suburb of Boston. Newton is nicknamed "The Garden City" and is one of Boston's oldest suburbs, settled in 1630.
Woburn is a city in Massachusetts. Locals pronounce it "WOO-burn".
Dedham is a town in (and the county seat of) Norfolk County, in the Greater Boston region of Massachusetts.
Hull is a town in Massachusetts in the South Shore region. The town is a series of islands connected by sandbars and causeways that comprise the Nantasket peninsula.
Waltham is a city in the American state of Massachusetts. Located some 10 miles west of central Boston on the Charles River, Waltham is considered part of the Greater Boston conurbation; even so, it still retains its own unique character amongst Boston's outer suburbs.
Weymouth is a city in Massachusetts, approximately 11 miles south of Boston.
Lexington is a northwestern suburb of Boston in Massachusetts. thumb|right|400px|Lexington's famous Minute Man Statue, located on the town's historic Battle Green.
Needham is a town in Massachusetts, near Boston. It is primarily a residential suburb with little historical or cultural interest, although a number of upscale and ethnic restaurants have recently turned it into a rather unlikely culinary destination.
Hingham is a coastal town in the South Shore region of Massachusetts about 15 miles south of Boston.
Peabody is a city in the suburban area of the North Shore in Massachusetts.
North Reading is a town in the southern part of the Merrimack Valley region of Northeast Massachusetts.
Salem is a city in Massachusetts, New England. The city is well worth a day-trip from Boston, or even a trip in its own right, to see what basically amounts to a three-dimensional textbook of American architectural history.
Stoughton is a town in Massachusetts that is located approximately 20 minutes south of Boston. It was officially founded in 1726 and named after William Stoughton, who was chief justice in the Salem Witch Trials.
Wellesley is a city in Massachusetts in the Greater Boston area. It is a wealthy suburb and home to Wellesley College, Babson College and Mass Bay Community College.
Weston is a town in Massachusetts. Weston is the most affluent place in Massachusetts and one of the most affluent in the United States.
Marblehead is a scenic coastal town in the North Shore region of Massachusetts. It is a well-known yachting resort.
Danvers is a town in Massachusetts. A large part of the town was formerly named "Salem Village" and was where most of the accusers in the 1692 witch hysteria lived.
Brockton is a city in Massachusetts. Brockton is the sixth largest city in Massachusetts.
Wenham is a town in Massachusetts. It is closely tied to its sister town, Hamilton, sharing a school system, library, recreation department, commuter rail station and newspaper.
Natick is located in Massachusetts, approximately 16 miles west of Boston, in the United States of America.
Wayland, a town in the MetroWest region of Massachusetts, is a rural suburb with mostly families as residents. It's very close to Boston, where there are a lot of activities and fine dining, as well as the Natick Mall, located in Natick, Massachusetts and one of the countries biggest and luxurious malls.
Concord is a town in Massachusetts. One of the first battles of the American Revolution was fought here at the Old North Bridge.
Andover is a town in Massachusetts, situated at the crossroads of I-495 and I-93 in the heart of the Merrimack Valley. Andover is bordered by Dracut, Lawrence, Methuen, North Andover, North Reading, Tewksbury, and Wilmington.
Foxborough is a city in Massachusetts. Sometimes seen as "Foxboro", it is home to the New England Patriots NFL football team.
Hanover is a small town on the South Shore in Massachusetts off of Route 3. Hanover is very quaint and bordered by Norwell on the north and east, Pembroke and Hanson on the south, and Rockland on the west and northwest.
Hamilton is a North Shore city in Massachusetts. Hamilton is closely tied to its sister town, Wenham, sharing a school system, library, recreation department and commuter rail station.
Lawrence is a city in Massachusetts. It has a population of about 72,000.
Manchester is a town in Massachusetts. It is also known as Manchester-by-the-Sea.
Framingham is a large town in Massachusetts, with a population of more than 67,000. Originally a blue-collar manufacturing town, Framingham is now known for its high density of white-collar technology and business professionals, as well as diverse ethnic populations, due to its proximity to Boston (only 17 miles away) and the tech corridor, Route 128.
Scituate is a small seacoast town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts south of Cohasset and north of Marshfield in the South Shore region. Scituate Harbor is the main town center and is where most of the shops and restaurants are located.
Lowell is a city in Massachusetts about 40 minutes northwest of Boston. With over 105,000 residents, it is the fourth largest city in Massachusetts, and has an important historical background.
Bridgewater is a city in Massachusetts. It is home to Bridgewater State College.
Essex is a town in on Cape Ann in the North Shore region of Massachusetts. Settled by direct descendants of the Mayflower passengers in the early 1600s, it was later world-renowned as North America's fishing schooner construction center.
Chelmsford is a town in Massachusetts, about 20 minutes west of Lowell.
Groveland is a town in Essex County, in the Merrimack Valley region in the northeast of Massachusetts.
Ashland is a city in Massachusetts approximately 25 miles West of Boston. Ashland was the original starting point of the Boston Marathon.