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Signature City Boston

Discover landmarks old and new as you delve into the history and culinary culture of one of America’s most beloved cities alongside the experts and during independent explorations.
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Program No. 23453RSBLOG
6 days
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Signature City Boston

Discover landmarks old and new as you delve into the history and culinary culture of one of America’s most beloved cities alongside the experts and during independent explorations.
6 days
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Program No. 23453 RSBLOG
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At a Glance

Follow the historic path where American Patriots once walked. Take in America’s favorite pastime in the oldest ballpark in the world. Walk the cobblestones of the North End as aromas of garlic and oregano lure you into historic Italian restaurants to taste the handmade pasta that awaits. Experience cultural treasures like the Museum of Fine Arts. And wash it all down with a Boston brew as you learn about hops and fermentation. Plus, we’ll give you hints of where to explore the nooks and neighborhoods of Boston on your own during this urban program that hits all the signature spots in this great American city.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Walk in the footsteps of the American Revolution as you explore the Freedom trail and some of Boston’s most notable historical spots.
  • Go behind the scenes in the oldest ballpark in America, on the National Register of Historic Places, and attend a Red Sox game at Fenway.
  • Experience the local culinary scene with a foodie walk in the North End, Boston’s historical Italian neighborhood.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Masterpieces: Great Paintings of the World in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
by Gilian Shallcross
Mixed from egg whites and vegetable tints, water and soot, oils and rare minerals and applied to bone, wood, metal and canvas, the plastic and expressive properties of paint have stirred artists and their admirers throughout history. The holdings of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston have grown into a formidable appraisal of one of humankind's oldest and most diverse forms of artistic expression--from its first acquisition, Washington Allston's "Elijah in the Desert" (1818), to recently acquired works by Edgar Degas, Georgia O'Keeffe and Takashi Murakami--and now constitutes one of America's largest permanent collections. The first version of Masterpieces has long been a favorite among museum-goers and art lovers. This new edition expands on the scope of the old, adding new acquisitions and featuring 150 master works by artists from Asia, Europe and the Americas--from delicate Song-dynasty handscrolls to jewel-like images of medieval piety, scenes of mythic drama, austere still lifes, sensitive portraits, grand landscapes and jarring Modern visions. Featuring artists such as Rembrandt, El Greco, Copley, Monet, Sargent and Picasso, anonymous masters of medieval Europe and Asia and living artists of uncompromising vision such as Gerhard Richter and David Hockney, this book is a celebration of the possibilities of paint.
The North End: A Brief History of Boston's Oldest Neighborhood
by Alex R. Goldfeld
Before evolving into a thriving "Little Italy," Boston's North End saw a tangled parade of military, religious and cultural change. Home to prominent historical figures such as Paul Revere, this neighborhood also played host to Samuel Adams and the North End Caucus--which masterminded the infamous Boston Tea Party--as well as the city's first African-American church. From the Boston Massacre to Revere's heroic ride, the North End embodies almost four centuries of strife and celebration, international influence and true American spirit. A small but storied stretch of land, the North End remains the oldest neighborhood in one of the country's most historic cities.
Boston Firsts: 40 Feats of Innovation and Invention that Happened First in Boston and Helped Make America Great
by Lynda Morgenroth
Amazing Tales from the Boston Red Sox Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Red Sox Stories Ever Told
by Jim Prime
Within these pages, fans will chafe at the rivalries, cheer the wins, and challenge the losses both on the road and at home. From the earliest days of a promising young pitcher named Babe Ruth, through the glory years of Foxx, Williams, and Yastrzemiski, to the championship era of superstars such as Martinez and Ortiz, the Red Sox epitomize all that is grand about the grand old game. Featured players and managers include Wade Boggs, Joe Cronin, Bobby Doerr, Carlton Fisk, Dustin Pedrioa, Jim Rice, Jason Varitek, and many other Red Sox legends. This massive collection captures the story and glory of Red Sox baseball both on the field and off. Without a doubt, this tantalizing offering from Prime and Nowlin will provide hours of entertainment for Red Sox and baseball fans alike.
The Islands of Boston Harbor (Snow Centennial Editions)
by Edward Rowe Snow
A reissue of Edward Rowe Snow's first book, covering the legends and history of nearly every rock and island in Boston Harbor, including Boston Light and Graves Light. The first (1935) edition resulted from research Snow did at Harvard under the tutelage of the great maritime historian Samuel Eliot Morison. When the 1971 edition of the book was published, a critic for the Boston Post wrote, "Mr. Snow has the gift of making his subject vivid and personal in its anecdotal touches . . . It is a volume of chatty yet dignified essays, with many a light touch brought in." This centennial edition contains the complete 1971 text, with annotations by Jeremy D'Entremont to bring the information up to date.

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