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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

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Mount Auburn Cemetery
Mount 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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Harvard Art Museums
Harvard Art Museums
Owner description: The Harvard Art Museums house one of the largest and most renowned art collections in the United States, and are comprised of three museums (the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur... more Owner description: The Harvard Art Museums house one of the largest and most renowned art collections in the United States, and are comprised of three museums (the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums) and four research centers (the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art, the Harvard Art Museums Archives, and the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis). The Fogg Museum includes Western art from the Middle Ages to the present; the Busch-Reisinger Museum, unique among North American museums, is dedicated to the study of all modes and periods of art from central and northern Europe, with an emphasis on German-speaking countries; and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum is focused on Asian art, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern art, and Islamic and later Indian art. Together, the collections include approximately 250,000 objects in all media. The Harvard Art Museums are distinguished by the range and depth of their collections, their groundbreaking exhibitions, and the original research of their staff. Integral to Harvard University and the wider community, the museums and research centers serve as resources for students, scholars, and the public. For more than a century they have been the nation’s premier training ground for museum professionals and are renowned for their seminal role in developing the discipline of art history in the United States. The Harvard Art Museums have a rich tradition of considering the history of objects as an integral part of the teaching and study of art history, focusing on conservation and preservation concerns as well as technical studies. The Harvard Art Museums’ 2014 renovation and expansion carried on the legacies of the three museums and united their remarkable collections under one roof for the first time. Renzo Piano Building Workshop preserved the Fogg Museum’s landmark 1927 facility, while transforming the space to accommodate 21st-century needs. The museums now feature 40 percent more gallery space, an expanded Art Study Center, conservation labs, and classrooms, and a striking glass roof that bridges the facility’s historic and contemporary architecture. The three constituent museums retain their distinct identities in the facility, yet their close proximity provides exciting opportunities to experience works of art in a broader context. less
Attraction type: Art Museums
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Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
Owner description: Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site preserves the home of Henry W. Longfellow, one of the world's foremost 19th century poets. The house also... more Owner description: Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site preserves the home of Henry W. Longfellow, one of the world's foremost 19th century poets. The house also served as headquarters for General George Washington during the Siege of Boston, July 1775 - April 1776. In addition to its rich history, the site offers unique opportunities to explore 19th century literature and arts. The site is now closed for the season. See the website for more information on programs and scheduling group tours. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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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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Harvard Museum of Natural History
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Owner description: More than 10,000 specimens are on display, including the 2,000 models of Harvard's renowned collection of Blaschka 'Glass Flowers,' amazingly realistic flame-worked glass models... more Owner description: More than 10,000 specimens are on display, including the 2,000 models of Harvard's renowned collection of Blaschka 'Glass Flowers,' amazingly realistic flame-worked glass models of flowering plants commissioned to teach botany to students in the early 20th century. Family favorites include the dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals as well as some 500 current day mammals, including elephant, rhino, tigers, giraffe and skeletons of three whales. Outstanding Earth Sciences gallery with rare minerals, meteorites and a timeline of Earth history. New exhibits on Microbial Life, New England Forests, Sea Creatures in Glass, and Marine Life in the Putnam Family Gallery. less
Attraction type: Natural History Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Toscanini's Ice Cream
Toscanini's Ice Cream
Ranked #1 of 666 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price: $1 - $20
Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Late Night, Free Wifi, Seating, Takeout
L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates
L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates
Ranked #2 of 666 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Cafe
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Drinks, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Flour Bakery & Cafe
Flour Bakery & Cafe
Ranked #3 of 666 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price: $5 - $20
Cuisines: American, Cafe
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Life Alive
Life Alive
Ranked #4 of 666 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price: $7 - $20
Cuisines: International, American
Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Giulia
Giulia
Ranked #5 of 666 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Prospect Place Bed and Breakfast
Prospect Place Bed and Breakfast
$140 - $350
Ranked #1 of 20 Cambridge B&B and Inns
Kimpton Marlowe Hotel
4.0 of 5
Kimpton Marlowe Hotel
$169 - $544
Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Cambridge
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AC Hotel Boston Cambridge
3.5 of 5
AC Hotel Boston Cambridge
$168 - $583
Ranked #4 of 19 Hotels in Cambridge
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Kendall Hotel
3.0 of 5
Kendall Hotel
$228 - $965
Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Cambridge
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Mary Prentiss Inn
3.0 of 5
Mary Prentiss Inn
$214 - $352
Ranked #2 of 20 Cambridge B&B and Inns
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Hotel Veritas
3.5 of 5
Hotel Veritas
$298 - $510
Ranked #3 of 19 Hotels in Cambridge
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Charles Hotel
4.0 of 5
Charles Hotel
$274 - $785
Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels in Cambridge
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Royal Sonesta Boston
4.0 of 5
Royal Sonesta Boston
$200 - $603
Ranked #6 of 19 Hotels in Cambridge
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Le Meridien Cambridge - MIT
4.0 of 5
Le Meridien Cambridge - MIT
$179 - $718
Ranked #10 of 19 Hotels in Cambridge
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