By Joey Amato

Growing up in New York City, Boston was always an arch nemesis, especially when it came to sports. Yankees vs. Red Sox, Jets vs. Patriots – the rivalries are endless. So it should come as no surprise that it took me 33 years to visit the great city. And yes, I just showed my age!

Boston is a city steeped in culture and tradition, even more so than New York. Yea, I said it! Known for its legendary battlegrounds, Boston is also home to some of the most iconic figures in American history. Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Elizabeth Poole all called Boston home. Architectural highlights are everywhere you look, from the Massachusetts Statehouse to St. Paul’s Church to Paul Revere’s home. Boston is a history junkie’s paradise.

One of the best ways to experience the city is aboard the Boston Duck Tour. The land and river excursion will show you the major highlights on land including the golden-domed State House, Bunker Hill, TD Banknorth Garden, Boston Common, and Copley Square before seamlessly turning into a boat and talking passengers on an adventure along the Charles River.

Boston’s culinary scene is an experience in itself. Two destinations unique to the city include the North End (Little Italy) and Chinatown. Foodies will be delighted by the array of authentic restaurants in both areas of the city. I suggest spending the afternoon admiring the Chinatown Gate and enjoying dim sum at one of dozens of eateries in the neighborhood.

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