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Cambridge
Home to two of America's most prestigious universities, Cambridge exudes a certain intellectual quirkiness. A mix of historical haunts, student hang-outs, alternative art and culture venues, vintage clothing shops, bookstores and ethnic restaurants, the city is, well, really cool. Although it is located just across the Charles River from Boston, Cambridge has a distinct vibe that is noticeable immediately. Start at Harvard Square, a hub of activity and mishmash of trendy stores, outdoor cafes and colorful local characters. Pick up a walking tour map at the visitors information booth in the center of the Square. The route will take you past many important landmarks including the Mount Auburn Cemetery, Tory Row and... more Home to two of America's most prestigious universities, Cambridge exudes a certain intellectual quirkiness. A mix of historical haunts, student hang-outs, alternative art and culture venues, vintage clothing shops, bookstores and ethnic restaurants, the city is, well, really cool. Although it is located just across the Charles River from Boston, Cambridge has a distinct vibe that is noticeable immediately. Start at Harvard Square, a hub of activity and mishmash of trendy stores, outdoor cafes and colorful local characters. Pick up a walking tour map at the visitors information booth in the center of the Square. The route will take you past many important landmarks including the Mount Auburn Cemetery, Tory Row and the Longfellow National Historic Site. Harvard University offers student-led tours through the illustrious buildings and monuments of its sprawling campus. Art and architecture buffs should meander around the M.I.T campus, which includes outdoor sculptures by masters such as Picasso and 20th-century buildings designed by modern greats like Eero Saarinen and I. M. Pei. Along the way, browse through bookstores, stop to watch street performers and grab a coffee at an outdoor café to take in all this captivating city has to offer. less

All things to do » Things to do

Mt. Auburn Cemetery
Mt. Auburn Cemetery
Owner description: Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831 as America's first landscaped cemetery. A National Historic Landmark, its renowned landscape inspired the creation of the nation's public... more Owner description: Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831 as America's first landscaped cemetery. A National Historic Landmark, its renowned landscape inspired the creation of the nation's public parks. Mount Auburn was designated an Important Bird Area by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, reinforcing its status as a significant wildlife sanctuary. Still an active burial place, Mount Auburn Cemetery provides comfort and solace to countless families. The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery was established in 1986 to assist in the conservation of the Cemetery's natural beauty and to promote the appreciation of its cultural, historic, and natural resources. Over 100 public programs are offered annually by the Friends to educate, enrich, and inspire the community. The Friends seeks financial support for education and interpretive programs and materials for the public, specific cultural projects, and operational support for horticultural rejuvenation and the preservation of the historic monuments, structures, and archival artifacts and records. less
Attraction type: Cemeteries
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Owner description: One of the world's leading educational institutions, with an emphasis on math and sciences, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is located on the banks of the Charles River... more Owner description: One of the world's leading educational institutions, with an emphasis on math and sciences, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is located on the banks of the Charles River. The M.I.T. campus includes many modern buildings designed by famous architects and is worth exploring. less
Attraction type: Educational Sites
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A.R.T. - American Repertory Theater
A.R.T. - American Repertory Theater
Attraction type: Theaters
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Charles River
Charles River
Owner description: A nature reservation covering 950 acres along both sides of the Charles River offers bicycle and jogging paths, 12 tennis courts, six swimming pools and the popular Hatch Memorial... more Owner description: A nature reservation covering 950 acres along both sides of the Charles River offers bicycle and jogging paths, 12 tennis courts, six swimming pools and the popular Hatch Memorial Shell with live concerts. less
Attraction type: Bodies of Water; Scenic Drives
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Harvard University
Harvard University
Owner description: Founded in 1636, Harvard is America's oldest institute of higher learning and one of the country's most prestigious universities. Among the illustrious alumni are civil rights... more Owner description: Founded in 1636, Harvard is America's oldest institute of higher learning and one of the country's most prestigious universities. Among the illustrious alumni are civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois, philosopher Henry David Thoreau, writer Gertrude Stein, composer Leonard Bernstein, cellist Yo Yo Ma and seven U.S. presidents. less
Attraction type: Educational Sites; Historic Sites
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All places to eat » Places to eat

East Side Bar & Grill
East Side Bar & Grill
Ranked #1 of 541 Restaurants in Cambridge
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
L.A. Burdick
L.A. Burdick
Ranked #2 of 541 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Dessert
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Lunch
Oleana
Oleana
Ranked #3 of 541 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price: $41 - $80
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Eclectic, International
Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Toscanini's Ice Cream
Toscanini's Ice Cream
Ranked #4 of 541 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Dessert, Fast Food, Ice Cream
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Dessert
Giulia
Giulia
Ranked #5 of 541 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Prospect Place Bed and Breakfast
Prospect Place Bed and Breakfast
$140 - $350
Ranked #3 of 19 Cambridge B&B and Inns
Cambridge Vacation Rental Rooms
Cambridge Vacation Rental Rooms
$135 - $145
Ranked #6 of 19 Cambridge B&B and Inns
Gray House Cambridge Accommodations
Gray House Cambridge Accommodations
$100 - $145
Ranked #8 of 19 Cambridge B&B and Inns

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Mary Prentiss Inn
3.0 of 5
Mary Prentiss Inn
$154 - $371
Ranked #1 of 19 Cambridge B&B and Inns
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Hotel Marlowe - a Kimpton Hotel
4.0 of 5
Hotel Marlowe - a Kimpton Hotel
$202 - $570
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Cambridge
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Parkside on Ellery
Parkside on Ellery
$145 - $204
Ranked #2 of 19 Cambridge B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Charles Hotel
4.0 of 5
Charles Hotel
$286 - $603
Ranked #4 of 17 Hotels in Cambridge
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Royal Sonesta Boston
4.0 of 5
Royal Sonesta Boston
$210 - $558
Ranked #6 of 17 Hotels in Cambridge
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Le Meridien Cambridge - MIT
4.0 of 5
Le Meridien Cambridge - MIT
$223 - $617
Ranked #13 of 17 Hotels in Cambridge
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