Boston History (photo by Jeff Gunn)
Boston, Massachusetts is a city filled with history, culture, and character. As one of the oldest cities in the United States and the largest city in the New England region, Boston has been at the epicenter of many significant events in American history. Founded in 1630, Boston’s American Revolution roots ties itself down to the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party, both turning points in the road to American Independence. Today, Boston remains a very integral part of the United States not just as a historic city but as a city thriving with life.
The city is known for its many renowned universities and colleges and is considered the “Athens of America”. Institutions like Harvard, M.I.T, Boston University and other fine schools of higher learning are located near the Boston Metropolitan area.
Boston as a city of intellectual pursuits not only affects its reputation but its economy as well. The education sector contributes a large part to the city’s economy, with over 100 colleges in the Boston Area and over 250,000 students enrolled in Boston universities and colleges. The education sector contributes an estimated $4.8 billion to the regional economy.
Aside from education, the city is also known as a passionate sports town. Basketball has always been a part of Boston’s culture and history. The color green is synonymous with the Boston Celtics, a team with a long line of championships and icons like Larry Bird have helped place Boston as an epicenter for great sports.
Boston Red Sox (photo by Eric Kilby)
Much like the Celtics, the Red Sox represent a team full of rich history in their respective sport, baseball. With a long rivalry between the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox have a long tradition with baseball icons like Ted Williams, one of the greatest hitters who ever lived. Additionally, Fenway park is only 6.2 miles from the airport, which allows travelers to easily stay at one of the Boston airport hotels and quickly make it to a game. With historic teams in basketball and baseball, it’s clear why Boston is a great sports town.
Along with baseball and basketball, another infamous sport, or rather, sport event in Boston is the Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon is an annual marathon that has been around since 1897 and is the world’s oldest annual marathon. It is also one of the best known road racing events with about 500,000 live spectators in attendance annually and worldwide coverage.