Tips for shopping in Boston
The largest city in New England is Boston, Massachusetts, also known as “Beantown” (the nickname coming from Boston's famous baked beans). Though Boston itself has just 625 thousand inhabitants, it is part of a much larger metropolitan area of 4.5 million. As one of America's oldest and historically rich cities, Boston is associated with some major events in early U.S. history, both positive and negative. The Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, and the Siege of Boston are just a few examples. In the years following the cities founding in the early 17th century, Boston was often found itself at the center of U.S. politics and culture. The city and its environs are also a center of higher education; nearby Cambridge hosts some of the world's most elite colleges including MIT, Harvard and Tufts, among a host of others. Boston is also recognized for its distinct “r-less” New England accent. Start in the city center for some quality shopping: Downtown Crossing has a vibrant mix of independently-owned shops, department stores, and well-known chains in a friendly walking environment. Copley Place is also a stylish indoor mall area with over 75 top stores, and Newbury Street is perfect for those looking for shopping with ambience.